Hot tub buyer beware: avoid traveling shows

Two roads diverged in the woods. Signs were posted:  

“Enter at your own risk,” and “Hot tub show, this way.”

Goodness. What should you do?

“Risk.” Well, that’s concerning. But you’re looking for a great deal on a hot tub, and you’ve heard all the advertisements about great deals at the show. Surely it can’t be that bad, you think to yourself.

You start to whistle a tune you remember from your childhood, and walk along the path into the woods. The path twists and turns for a while, and at first it’s a pleasant walk. The forest is beautiful, the flowers are pretty. It’s a lovely day. You might even stop from some snacks and drinks.

As you go long, you see an amazingly large number of hot tubs. So many, in fact, that it’s hard to keep them all straight. You meet some very friendly sales people, too. But soon, you realize the path is beginning to twist and turn in unexpected ways. It’s taking you deeper into the woods. The daylight is fading away. The prices on the hot tubs you see seem good, but here in the dark, things aren’t quite clear. After all, the show is only in town for a few days. What if there’s a problem later on? Who will you call? It’s all so overwhelming, and you have to make your decision so quickly. It’s a lot of pressure.

But then, suddenly, there’s a light in the distance. You hurry down the path and it leads you out of the woods … straight to your trusted, local spa dealer. One who will be there not only during the sale, but long after, to help with anything you need.

When you’re ready to purchase a hot tub, avoid the traveling shows, and turn to local dealers instead. To make sure you’re getting the best deal, try these tips:

Find out what’s included in the price of the spa

Does the dealer include the insulated cover? Steps? What about a cover lifter, and the products you’ll need to care for the water? Ask about delivery, too. A reputable company will deliver and install your spa – not leave it in your driveway.

Ask for references

A good hot tub dealer will have happy customers, and will gladly share that information with you. Ask your friends and family, too.

Research it online – but don’t buy it online

By all means, research the spas you’re interested in online. Find out about energy efficiency, jet configurations and more. But buying online isn’t different from buying at a traveling show – you won’t have the after-sale support you’ll need.

At South East Spas, our team has more than 40 years of experience in the industry, and we’re here seven days a week to make sure your needs are met. We’re proud to offer the best products and personalized service – and guarantee we’ll be here before, during and AFTER the sale. Whether you’re ready to purchase a hot tub, or you’re just beginning to shop around, come see us today.

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