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Used vs. New Carports: Why New Is Best

Adding a carport to your property can provide you with a great deal of added storage or work space for far less than the cost of a garage addition to your home. But one of the first questions that many consumers ask is why not buy a used carport and save even more money? There are several reasons that a new carport is a better choice than a used one.

Structure Integrity

A carport is a structure that is comprised of a frame and a roof. Some models also offer side panels that can be added. But in most cases a carport is designed to be constructed once and then remain in place. Sure the bolts and screws can be removed to disassemble it. And then it can be put back together but there is a good chance that some of the pieces will not fit together as well because the ground or surface that it is built on could be slightly different than the original location. And the most important thing to remember is that this carport is going to be put to the test by wind, rain and snow so you want to know that it can handle those stresses. A new carport comes with a full warranty if you ever have issue but not a more “affordable” used carport.

Buyer Beware

Sadly, we do not live in a perfect world and you cannot assume that everyone is totally honest. So buying anything second hand holds an inherent risk. You have no idea how well the carport was maintained or if any of the parts will be damaged when it arrives. But a new carport will arrive in perfect condition. And if there is an issue then you get a brand new replacement part from the company who sold you the carport. Granted, you are paying a little bit more but you are getting a warranty and a brand new product which is good for peace of mind.

As in most cases, you get what you pay for when you try to buy a cheaper used carport. And because you are going to use the structure to protect a vehicle, items that you want to store or maybe even a boat, the durability and integrity of the carport is critical. Buying new is worth the extra money to know that your belongings will be well protected.

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