I just read an article about the screwing a person with a trade in gets when a car dealer does his level best to come out ahead during the proceedure.
I would not trade in your RV, and instead sell it on your own for a price that is fair to you and the new owner. It's actually an art form...the dealer walking a very fine line between outright cheating you and merely pulling the wool over your eyes!
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I have seen and read about all the great prices and on several occasions I tried to deal with them… while I could make it look like a great deal, with modest negotiations and including all time and cost of delivery or pick up, the difference wasn’t so great…
I am sure others won’t agree, and that’s fine… everyone normally thinks they got a great deal and that is why they made it… I also realize some local dealers aren’t willing to deal as much as others…
As far as trade I never had much of a problem, just don’t expect wholesale on the new unit and retail on the trade…
If you use ACV for both you can come to a fair trade and not have the hassle of the sale… its a trade off that might be worthwhile… in either case you have the option of no trade…
You will almost always be dollars ahead to sell the unit you have and do a cash deal on the new one…
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There is a place in Houston, TX called PPL Motor Homes that takes MH's or trailers of any kind for consignment sale. I bought and sold my MH through them. They do take trade-ins but like anyone else they are in it to make a profit. If you can, I would at least give them a shot to see what they come up with. They have a lot of units coming and going and are negotiable on their prices. Their web site is PPL MOTORHOMES and you can see the units they have available with specs and pictures.
I hope this helps....
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That's where developing a relationship with a dealer pays off.
Over the last 20 years, I have purchased a TT, a TC, and our present motorhome from the same guy at the same dealership.
If he finds a DP for me, I can rest assured that he will give me a decent trade-in for the Tioga I bought from him.
If I buy anywhere else, I will sell the Tioga myself, and make the best possible no-trade deal on the DP. The selling dealer will NOT be involved in the financing for the deal!
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That few thousand saved by driving 1000 miles won't seem so good when you have to ake the drive every time you need warranty work done.
Increasingly, real dealers will not do the work for rvs bought through a wholesaler... The $$ that the manufacturers reimburse them is generally way below their shop rate, so while they will service their customers, they are in no hurry to help out the guy who lives 10 miles away, but drove cross country to save a grand
I'll bet when you ar getting ready for a trip and your fridge, or a/c goes on the fritz, you are going to want your local dealer to help you out.
How do you think the wholesaler can sell at the prices they do? Simple.. Pump and dump.they have nointerest in servicing you when you need
Or if you are on the road and have a problem, you are going to want a local dealer to help get you back on the road.
Alaska is next! Still trying to fit the pontoons to the RV so We can get to Hawaii!