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Old 05-01-2011, 04:08 PM   #11
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You get charged for PDI when you buy a new vehicle, why not on a trailer? That being said you should at the very least get a good PDI done. Not sure about your dealer but ours had a work sheet from FR that they went by and when we did the walk through there was a check sheet that we had to sign at the end verifying we went through everything. According to the dealer the worksheet as well as the walkthrough checksheet went back to FR.
we had the same worksheet from Forest River signed by us and returned to the factory. we didn't pay for the PDI.

I would ask for the PDI money back and at worst case split it with the dealer. your trailer should of been detailed and at most you should of found only a few items wrong.
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Old 05-01-2011, 04:13 PM   #12
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Is charging for a PDI a Canadian dealership "thing"? We've had a number of trailers throughout the years in my family and I don't ever recall the PDI being an extra cost.
Not sure......this is the first trailer we have bought.
Although every dealership I called, here and in Detriot all had an extra cost for the PDI.
As I said before, I think it is just a charge they put there, so when they negotiate a price and suddenly take it off....we think we are getting an awesome deal, but I'm sure it is still in there somewhere
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Old 05-01-2011, 04:35 PM   #13
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Per my purchase agreement, my dealer calls this "Prep & Presentation". (And yes, they charge for it!)

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Old 05-01-2011, 05:28 PM   #14
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Well I learn something new everyday. As a business owner, its amazing to me the add-on's some other businesses charge. I would have thought that a PDI was at least the cost of doing business but really presents a great opportunity for that dealer to service the client. I mean, often service is correcting a negative - like solving a problem - and that can sometimes be turned into a positive. But, to take a naturally positive event where a customer is enthusiastic, happy-to-be-there and so on and charge for it? Its beyond me.
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:33 PM   #15
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When negotiating our lastest trailer I gave them a number that included everything - taxes/fees/etc.
The salesman said, "Oh, a down the road offer?"
I responded, "You got it."

Worked for us.

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Old 05-01-2011, 05:51 PM   #16
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When negotiating our lastest trailer I gave them a number that included everything - taxes/fees/etc.
The salesman said, "Oh, a down the road offer?"
I responded, "You got it."

Worked for us.

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Yep.....same thing for me. We are on our third TT (including a tent trailer for our son) in the last five years, and I learned this lesson after the first trailer. There can be a number of different "add on" fees, so be prepared to negotiate these at the time of signing the deal. It's a pretty safe bet that charges such as PDI fees, etc, will rapidly disappear if you are prepared to walk out the door rather than accept the fees.

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Old 05-01-2011, 09:06 PM   #17
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We actually didn't negotiate the price.
Just called around, and went with the person who gave the lowest price (from a reputable dealership of course).
The 'extra fees' disappeared after my second call-back without me even asking about them, and everything was included.

I hate doing business with salesmen you have to kick in the b#*ls to get a good price from.
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thanks for the response. I will be talking to the dealer today and will keep you posted
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:54 PM   #19
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There were no dealer prep charges, add-on fees, etc. In our deal. Our dealer was up front, honest and didn't try to get us to add on extras like scotchgard, levels, paint protection, etc., etc., etc. It was refreshing to not have to do the back and forth dance for an hour or more.
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:47 PM   #20
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PDI is a cash grab, plain and simple. The manufacturer pays the dealer( automotive and rv) to make sure the unit is in good condition before delivery. It is the same with the finance charges , another cash grab. The finance companies give kickbacks if the f&i people use them. Hsbc pays the f&i guy $1000.00 for every deal they write up for them. It drives me up the wall with the constant screw tactics they use.
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