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Old 10-10-2018, 11:51 PM   #1
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Buying: Dealership or private party 4 used TT?

What are the pros and cons of each (warranty of course), and which do you prefer? So much to consider. I’ve also seen private party asking prices higher than dealer sales prices. Is it the same as car buying?
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:57 PM   #2
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Is it the same as car buying?
If you're referring to private sellers wanting more than a dealership... probably. Most of the dealer stock are trade ins so they've paid very little for the rv.
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Private owners often value their RV way more than it's worth.
Also depends a lot on where you live. Closer you are to the Midwest, the cheaper the prices are. Especially at the dealerships.
Since you live on the West Coast, you'll see the highest prices in the country, even used.
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If buying from a private owner that still has a loan on their RV it can be a hassle trying to get tags etc while waiting for the title from the lender. It can take several weeks.

As far as price it can go either way do your homework.

Just any paperwork in general can be easier at the dealer. Less risk in general buying from a dealer. You have easier recourse if there is a title issue.


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I've done it both ways and each has it's advantages. If you buy private sale and find a major issue after the sale you own it. There's no dealer or warranty to fall back on. If you from a dealer and find a major issue you have a much better chance of getting the issue taken care of. Issues like water leaks can be hard to see in a walk through and the damage caused by them can be substantial.
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What are the pros and cons of each (warranty of course), and which do you prefer? So much to consider. Iíve also seen private party asking prices higher than dealer sales prices. Is it the same as car buying?
I found that a warranty is only helpful on big price items. If you are handy, it is less of a hassle to fix the small problems. We purchased our first tt from a private seller. He purchased it to go camping with his grand kids. Two months after he bought it, his daughter got a job out west and moved. He lived in it for a year until his house was built. Then he decided to sell it since it had a bunk house but he no longer had his grand kids nearby. We got a great deal on the camper and he threw in the hitch and a bunch of other things. He also had already fixed a lot of the usual problems. We never had any problems with it and it was an awesome camper. Just do a thorough walk through and you should be fine. Good luck.
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Unlike car dealerships, most rv dealerships won't want to deal with any repairs to a unit they didn't sell. They're going to give preferential treatment to their clients first. Even if you're handy at fixing the small things yourself, you'll still need to deal with a big ticket item sooner or later, since everything eventually wears out.
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Unlike car dealerships, most rv dealerships won't want to deal with any repairs to a unit they didn't sell. They're going to give preferential treatment to their clients first. Even if you're handy at fixing the small things yourself, you'll still need to deal with a big ticket item sooner or later, since everything eventually wears out.


You are correct. That is why we don't go to dealers, we use a mobile repair guy. No hassles at all.
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What are the pros and cons of each (warranty of course), and which do you prefer? So much to consider. Iíve also seen private party asking prices higher than dealer sales prices. Is it the same as car buying?
Dealers may offer a warranty, private sellers will not. May be important when dealing with a second hand camper...
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The advantage that I see is that a dealership will have a repair shop to fix things you find both during the sale and after the sale. You buy private you've got to find your own repair shop. Dealerships can offer loans to spread the payments out over a period of time. A private seller normally doesn't have that option, it's cash on the barrel head. The disadvantage of buying used from a private sale is you get what you get. Unless there is some major problem the buyer knows about and hides it from you and you can take them to small claims court, it's all on you. In my opinion. The advantage of buying private, is sometimes you come across a very good deal.
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