Woman shocked to see the caravan she sold for £6,000 being flogged for five times the price

A woman who sold her caravan to a caravan park for £6,000 was left gobsmacked to see it up for sale for £32,776 – nearly the same price as she’d originally purchased it for.

Grandmother Lynn Evans’ three-bedroom caravan was on the Trecco Bay caravan park in Porthcawl.

She decided to sell the 37ft accommodation to the popular holiday site for £6,650 at the end of last year.

But she was left speechless after a friend spotted her holiday home on sale for £32,776, WalesOnline reports .

Lynn, 61, said: “I had a message from my friend saying they had seen my caravan for sale. I was absolutely gobsmacked – that’s one hell of a difference.

“I couldn’t believe it. I thought they had got it wrong, I had to go see it for my own eyes.

“It’s not as if they have done anything to it – it’s exactly how I left it.

“I forgot to bring some cushions out [when I left] and they are even on the sofa.”

Under an arrangement at the caravan park, Lynn claims she was told the £33,000 caravan could stay on the site for 12 years.

After an agreed licence period ends, customers are then given the option of buying a new caravan or removing their accommodation from the site.

The holiday-maker, who has 14 grandchildren, said: “Once a caravan is 12 years old you either buy a new one or get it off the site.

“My caravan was made explicitly for Trecco Bay.

“If I went to sell the caravan on my own it would only have two years on the site.”

(Image: Lynn Evans)

(Image: Lynn Evans)

Lynn added: “I have heard people saying [Trecco] have given them £3,000 for a caravan so I thought I had a pretty good amount until I saw what they were selling it for.

“I wouldn’t have got anything out of selling it privately.”

“The buyer has to pay a percentage to Trecco.”

Since posting about her experience on Facebook, Lynn has been inundated with messages from people sharing their experiences.

Commenting on her post, one person said: “This happened to me and my husband, we only had the caravan for three years, we bought it for nearly £30,000 and they bought it back for about £7,500.”

Another said: “They done [sic] the same to my brother last year he spent nearly £30,000, they gave him just over £10,000, he didn’t have the caravan a full season.

And a third commented: “We paid £70,000 plus decking, sold it three years later and had £25,000 once they took all their money out for their % of our sale. We walked away with about £6,000 and we had paid all the £70,000.”

A spokeswoman for Trecco Bay Holiday Park said: “A holiday home owner at our park has a number of options when they decide to bring their ownership to an end.

“An owner may sell their holiday home privately on the holiday park and we will support them through this. Alternatively an owner may remove their holiday home from the park and relocate it at their choice.

“In some circumstances an owner has the option to sell their holiday home back to the holiday park.

“If they take up this option the holiday home is valued by the park, and the owner is under no obligation to sell the holiday home at that price.

“The selling price of a holiday home includes a number of annual charges such as pitch fees, general and water rates, and siting and connection costs, along with safety testing and general operating costs.”

The holiday home added that if a holiday home is sold privately and removed from the park then no commission is payable. If an owner sells their holiday home to a third party on the park the buyer is required to pay a commission.

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