Thanks for the comments. Of course you are right my uncle did save my butt. It leaves me wondering, do dealers often sell clearly damaged rigs. If you don't have know how or support, do you just learn the hard way?
Yes and Yes! your experience is not unusual on used rigs. nor is it unusual buying from private owners.
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Again, without knowing your contractual details, it's hard to say whether you will get your deposit back. You could write to Good Sam Highways Magazine's Action Line. They often advocate for customers who feel they have been ripped off. And they usually get at least some of their $$ back, too.
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You can also write them a letter stating if you don't get your money back by x date as per the previous written agreement then you will take them to small claims court and report them to the better business bureau. This usually gets business to straighten out their act and cough up the money.
FWIW we bought out current trailer from Endless Summer RV just a few miles from Beckleys and I think you will be happy with Beckleys even thou I don't have experience with them. Two large RV dealers like these that close to each other keep each in check so to speak.
You may get it back, but even if you don`t it may be the best hundred bucks you ever lost. There have been some posters on here reporting having paid large deposits up front or even paid in full only to find major damage like you did. Then they have to fight to try and get their money back.
The way I've always looked at "deposits" is that the dealer promises to NOT sell the unit to someone else while you are getting your finances together. Since they are possibly losing out on selling it to someone else during this time, the deposit should be forfeited to the dealer for their possible loss of sale if you do not complete the deal.
As for the dealer selling a defective used product....well, I think that if I recognized someone trying to sell me something that is defective, I would not ever do any business with them again and tell everyone I know about their shoddy practice. Dealers should repair all problems of any used units taken in on trade prior to putting them up for sale. Unfortunately, you don't see this very often.....sometimes they don't even wash them.
Ron & Sandie
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I would bet almost every dealer has sold something they would NEVER put their own family in. This is where doing your homework pays off. Knowing as much as you can about the systems in an RV, Checking for water stains inside, looking for bubbles or soft spots....etc. Many of them are trade-ins where the deal was done without the dealer inspecting the trade, some are also probably consignment sales where the dealer gets a commission to display for a "private" seller and really doesn't have much to do with anything once the deal is made. If $100 is all you're out, your lucky. Buy your uncle a 6 pack....at least.
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Thanks for all the input. I think I was a little too excited to find a "great deal" and was blinded a bit. If I lose the deposit, so be it. As many of you say "Cheap lesson." I assure you I will never step foot on their lot again and if anyone mentions this dealer to me, I will give them my opinion.
For the people that live in or around Maryland, we dealt with Chuck Liller at Beckleys and couldn't be happier. Even on the brand new unit, we found a few minor problems. They fixed everything before we drove it off except for the dinette cushions that had to be ordered. By the way, I publicly recognized that I was wrong and my Uncle was right. He enjoyed that recognition in our large family. Also, I bought him dinner that night.