- Is it a good idea to buy a secondhand above ground pool?
Is it a good idea to buy a used above ground pool?
- The first thing you’ll want to do is try to find out the make, model, and age of the pool. If it’s more than 5 years old, be careful. There may be corroded or damaged parts. Older pools are more likely to have parts that are obsolete. Most people will assume that the above ground pool parts are universal but that is not the case.
- Manufacturers to stay away from are Muskin, Buster Crabbe, Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller Pools. These are no longer made, meaning their parts are extremely difficult, if not impossible to find. Also, stay away from Doughboy pools because parts are only available through licensed Doughboy dealers, making them pricey.
- Make sure to count all the parts and make sure that none are missing. Most pools will have the same number of parts. For example.. a 24’ pool may have 16 uprights. This means you should also have 16 top caps, 16 top rails, 16 bottom rails and so on.
- And lastly, check the walls for rust. If you see a moderate amount of wall rust, Run, don’t walk away from the seller. A weak wall can lead to this (insert video of pool exploding). Also, replacement walls are very expensive to replace difficult to find a dealer that will sell them to you. You’d be better off getting a new pool.
We understand getting a great deal on an above ground pool is hard to pass up. But that great bargain can turn into a money pit real fast. Instead of buying a used pool, save for a brand new pool, or if the kids are begging for it, get “just-for-now” pool like a soft-sided pool.
If you need to identify a specific pool model, check out our article titled “Identify My Above Ground Pool“.