If you are looking to get a carport on a budget, why not consider buying a used carport? Carports are a great way to protect your vehicles, whether you have cars or an RV or trucks or a boat. Keeping your vehicles safe from the elements is an important way to extend their lives and ensure the highest value for them. Everyday elements like sun and wind can damage the surface of the vehicle, slowly ruining the paint job. More severe weather can cause much more than just surface damage. Hail, for example, can cause large dents and even break one or more of the glass (windows, mirrors) and/or plastic (headlights) surfaces of your car. Vehicles are an important investment, and if you want to keep them protected, installing a carport is a great start.
However, carports can be rather expensive. Do not let that stop you from considering the option, though. You can find used carports for sale for much cheaper, and since carports are created for longevity and endurance (they are designed to weather all the elements, after all), especially metal carports, buying a used carport can be a great deal that is not much of a risk at all. The only issue is that finding used carports is a bit more difficult than finding new ones. However, the internet often makes finding difficult-to-find objects easy. Therefore, the internet is a great place to start looking. One place you can check is your local craiglist.org.
They have a section of items for sale with a search bar at the top, wherein you can type in the name of whatever you are looking for, like used metal carports, and see all results that apply to your search. This is a great place to start because you know that the results will be local. Just be careful to get an idea of what the size and type of used carport you would like is worth, as some people on craigslist may not understand what their used carport is worth and may overcharge you.
If that does happen to be the case, keep in mind it’s worth trying to bargain with them, since used carports are a bit of a specialty item and they may not have had a lot of response and therefore may be willing to strongly drop the price. If you have no luck on craigslist.org, try just typing used carport and your city into a search engine. If you have difficulty finding something local, you may have to travel a bit, but it will be worth it in the end. Think about both the money you will save buying used, and the money you will save on your vehicles once you have them safely protected under their carport.