'Go-Pod' Caravan. Is seller legit?

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  1. wingman

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    A work colleague of my missus fancies buying a Go-Pod. She's a single lady and is used to camping, but is attracted to one of these things because of owning a very small car and the towing/weight ratio is exceptional. Mind you, they ain't cheap (at c£8495) but come complete.

    She went to see one over the weekend, but here's the rub; to quote her, she "went round to some bloke's house in Lancashire and not a dealership". He wanted a non-returnable deposit of a monkey and said he was a 'franchise for them'.

    Anybody got any views or advice on the franchise aspect please?

    Got no problems with the van itself. Gets good reviews in the caravan media. I'm just concerned about the franchise and deposit bit.

    Thanks all
    James
     
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    A director at our firm of Auditors bought a pod recently from this company in Taunton. http://www.podcaravans.co.uk/ They have bought the black one. They have just spent a couple of weeks in North Wales and had great fun with it.
    Edited not a go-pod but a pod
     
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    Be very careful. In Lancaster and Morecambe we have a lot of gypsies who buy and sell caravans from their home or the home of a 'relative' . Personally wouldn't give it a second look.
     
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    Agree - especially as the "standard" model is £100 cheaper from the manufacturer as per @big map link
     
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    That's a different make I think. The Go-Pod company seems a bit odd, they have a website and from it you can arrange to view one of their pods which they have already sold. This page shows how to arrange this. http://www.go-pods.co.uk/pod-blog/read_151820/gopods-over-40-viewing-locations-nationwide.html
    This might be worth doing as they could then ask how they found Go-Pod were to deal with. However, their website doesn't even seem to give an address and viewings presumably where they are made are "strictly by appointment". The main phone number is a mobile though they do give an 01462 number, which is Hertfordshire.

    For the lady in the OP I would suggest if she wants a Go-Pod she contacts the company directly or visits the NEC in early October where apparently they are going to be exhibiting - as no doubt will other makers of small caravans so she can compare them. There are several companies making these tear-drop shaped models these days.
     
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    Southport, Lancashire PR8 5LF at our Head Office.

    Every day - week days or weekends - by appointment.

    From there website
     
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  7. JohnH

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    Red Lion Caravan Centre just off the A570 between Southport and Ormskirk sell them. They also sell second hand caravans and motorhomes plus they have an accessory shop. By Vincent's Garden Centre.
     
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    Contact Information
    Sales & accessories:

    • sales@go-pods.co.uk


    • 07984 500 268 / 01462 733743


    • Working Days/Hours:
      Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
    Head office & collections:
    • Red Lion Caravans Ltd.
      300 Southport Road
      Scarisbrick, Lancs, PR8 5LF
     
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    If he has a franchise he will have documentation showing as much.
    Dont bother going back....con man.

    As an aside, a lot of 'small' cars dont have a train weight and are not suitable, or legal, for towing and as such no towbars are made for them.
    Worth checking the car first.
     
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    This is on their contact page

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    It's all a bit weird, they seem to have two linked websites, "go-pods" and "2berthcaravans" and a telephone number in Hertfordshire. (n)
     
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    Was there another firm a woman that used the old reliant factory.
    And made small one piece caravans.
    No idea of the name.
    There was a tv program about her.
     
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    Says sole uk importers AGENTS.
    A franchise by any other name just like Red lion caravans.
     
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    Thanks for your comments everyone. Really useful information. It explains a lot.

    I will pass all the info on.
     
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    My parents own a Go-Pod having downsized from a motorhome. They saw this thread online and asked me to post on their behalf. They looked at Pod Caravans, (who are a distinctly different company from Go-Pods), & the Freedom caravans but found them dated and less value for money. They were impressed with the service received and have enjoyed using their hassle-free, small 'micro tourer' for a couple of years now. I think the following link will answer most of the questions posed above & any misinformation - http://www.go-pods.co.uk/go-pods-faqs.html - so no reason for your colleague not to buy.
     
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    Cute but so inconvenient to use if you have to cook outside. Surely better to get a small second hand conventional one. Small wheels rings alarm bells too.
     
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    I know the joinery firm that got involved in these, seem quite popular
     
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    What's wrong with 13" wheels, I think all the caravans we had were shod with 13" wheels.
     
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