We purchased a new home about a month ago. It came with a beautiful 16x32' Doughboy pool, partially buried with a deep end. We were told the pool was at least 15 years old. I saw that the pool wall was a little rusty when we bought the place.
About two weeks after moving in, the wall split. The liner thankfully held, and we were able to drain the pool before 20,000 gallons flooded our backyard. At least one of the upright supports also buckled.
We met with the Doughboy dealer in our area last week. After looking at the pool they gave us two options:
1) New pool ~10k installed
2) Replace pool wall and new liner: ~6k, maybe a few other parts replaced at an additional cost.
I didn't even know that repair was an option, but the dealer says the other parts of the pool appear to be in good shape. The new pool option includes a new pump, filter, and some other accessories. The existing pump is functional, but is not exactly new.
I've only owned a pool for a few weeks, and am having trouble making an educated decision. The dealer has been very helpful in explaining the choice, but I'd thought it would be a good idea to seek a third opinion. They won't guarantee the old parts after the repair, but say that the wall and new liner carry a warranty. What would you do?
Thank you in advance for the insight. This forum seems to be a great resource. I'm looking forward to some less stressful pool ownership.