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Old 08-05-2017, 08:30 AM   #1
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Trying to trade in our TT but NADA doesn't list our TT, what do we do?

Currently we have a 2015 Windjammer 2809W w/Diamond pkg. and looking to trade it in on a Signature Ultra Lite 8328 BS with all the bells and whistles. The issue here is how do we know if we're getting a fair deal on our trade value on our TT that isn't listed in NADA's book. They do list a 2014 model but not a 2015.
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Old 08-05-2017, 09:16 AM   #2
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I would suggest going to a couple dealers, even if they don't have what your want you can get a trade number.
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If you trade it in, prepare to get skinned alive. Use the 2014 NADA Guide as a reference and prepare to be shocked. Trust me - you will be better off selling your unit on the street than trading it in and giving away up to 30% of its value.
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Old 08-05-2017, 10:13 AM   #4
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We've have talked to a few dealers and it's the same story can't find it in NADA as a 2015. I know we're taking a hit by trading it in. We're willing to accept that. Just want some fairness for our trade.
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Old 08-05-2017, 11:44 AM   #5
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How about going on RVTRADER.COM & see if any that are like the one you have and what they are asking. It's a great site and that will give you an idea of what you might could get. I would try to get the high and low from that. Then would check EBay, Amazon & Craigslist. If you compare by taking the high & low by adding them together & divide by 2 in every place and would check of location in consideration would give you an idea of it's value. Also consider what their selling fee will be.
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X2 on the RVTRADER. Great way to get an idea of what others are asking.
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Old 08-05-2017, 12:13 PM   #7
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If you trade it in, prepare to get skinned alive. Use the 2014 NADA Guide as a reference and prepare to be shocked. Trust me - you will be better off selling your unit on the street than trading it in and giving away up to 30% of its value.


I TOTALLY AGREE
as the minute you drive off the
Lot, it's value went down 10%!
Dealers are in the business to make money.
RVTRADER. Com is the best as I am concerned to sell or buy!
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Old 08-05-2017, 12:43 PM   #8
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You could use the 2014 as a starting reference and take an additional 20 to 30% off of that to get an idea of what a dealer will try to do in trade. On the other had if they are selling high on the new one, they may give you a little better on the trade. However, it all comes out the same on the bottom line. Just be ready to be amazed how much your unit is worth to a dealer in trade.
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Old 08-05-2017, 02:27 PM   #9
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Unless you really have to have it right now, sell your TT on RVTRADER.com and their % to do so will be much better than the Dealers will offer. I'm not saying what isn't true as they have to make a living and honesty they prefer to Trade & Sell. I went to CampingWorld to have my used 99 Class C 26' Sunseeker w/slide to get an inspection around the 1st the year and it suppose to be a deal and wanted to watch and see what they would be doing with a checklist and the guy working in service did not know how to turn on the stove and was going to mark it to be repaired! I said hold on how can you mark that as you have not even tried to turn it on and he said this is my 3rd day. I said did you not get any formal training and he said they had a online to do but I did not get it finished because my PC is down and they said well we need you to start work and you can learn on the job? No one was with him and they gave me a lot of grief to go back there and it was cool so I said I will not go in the bay but stand right out beside!
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My RULE OF THUMB-
RV's SELL GREAT right after Christmas and Tax Time because Summer is on its way.
RV's TO BUY ARE GREAT
in late fall until Christmas
because a lot are not used 4-6 months out of the year. People need money for Christmas so what better way than to sell especially when you need money.
BEST OF LUCK as I was offered 5,000.00 more than I paid as soon as I picked it up and filling the tank at Krogers. Had gas points too as my tank is 55 gal and gets the best mileage by far. I took him home and had a friend of mine, a mechanic go thru and change out all the belts,hoses, points and plugs and tune up.
Still could get what I paid it but NO, it's paid for. Before the Sunseeker I bought a new Coachman 18' 5th Wheel from a Dealer and paid way too much and he even delivered it as end of the season last year model because had nothing to pull it with. I then bought a Chevy Silverware Crew Cab and everytime I hooked up and drove it I was WHITE KNUCKLED!
I got lucky because I tried to sell the following year both, but only could sell the truck and still made payments on 5th Wheel and I just wanted get enough to pay it off as I bought another vehicle to drive.
By the way the 5th sold almost in mid June on RVTRADER.com to a guy that worked laying pipelines. He was tired of staying in hotels and felt could put that money in his pocket that he was getting to pay his perineum as he had paid cash and he brought his boss as they all stayed on job site because it prevented anyone from stealing.
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Why is it we want thousands off NADA retail price when we buy? But do not want to accept the NADA trade in value when offered.
Thing to do is , first and foremost come up with a difference amount you are willing to pay for your new trailer.
Then find a model and dealer who will come in at your target amount.
Forget how much they are asking for the new one or how much they offer for the trade in. If the difference amount is what makes you happy, buy it if not move on.
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X2 on the RVTRADER. Great way to get an idea of what others are asking.
Asking and selling for are two different beasts.
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Old 08-05-2017, 07:53 PM   #13
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We've have talked to a few dealers and it's the same story can't find it in NADA as a 2015. I know we're taking a hit by trading it in. We're willing to accept that. Just want some fairness for our trade.
Big hit, it is doubtful you will get a a "fair" deal from a dealer. When we decided to go from 5th Wheel (2013 42' triple axle Raptor TH with all the bells and whistles for which we paid $62K), we were offered 35 K or less multiple times at shows and dealers. We sold it privately for $52K in 2016.
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Old 08-05-2017, 07:54 PM   #14
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Take the 2014 value and add 10%.
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Take the 2014 value and add 10%.
I thought this also.

You can also call a few lenders= credit unions and banks and ask for a "Loan Value" number for your VIN #, it is what they will allow you or a buyer to borrow for the purchase. I know its yours now, don't tell them that. Imply that you are considering the purchase and need to know loan value if you decide to buy. I wouldn't purchase anything above loan value, as you lose right from the start. Attempting to sell above loan value could mean you keep it awhile. If you owe more than it's worth, you are "upside down" and need to make up the difference if the buyer doesn't offer your asking price, dealer or not.
Trade in value can be about 20% less than loan value. Retail is usually a "when new" but can apply to yours, but don't expect it when trading.
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We sold our 2007 28' Jayco JayFeather in April of 18. The NADA had it listed at at about 11,500 with the options we had. The best dealer offer we got was $5000 and not a penny higher. I put a sign out at the end of my driveway (fairly busy street) and 7 days later a older gal and her sister were pulling it out of my driveway and we had $10,000 for a down payment on our new one.
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We sold our 2007 28' Jayco JayFeather in April of 18. The NADA had it listed at at about 11,500 with the options we had. The best dealer offer we got was $5000 and not a penny higher. I put a sign out at the end of my driveway (fairly busy street) and 7 days later a older gal and her sister were pulling it out of my driveway and we had $10,000 for a down payment on our new one.
That is always the best way to sell, if you aren't needing to get rid of it. The dealers always low ball, especially on an older TT.
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Why is it we want thousands off NADA retail price when we buy? But do not want to accept the NADA trade in value when offered.
Thing to do is , first and foremost come up with a difference amount you are willing to pay for your new trailer.
Then find a model and dealer who will come in at your target amount.
Forget how much they are asking for the new one or how much they offer for the trade in. If the difference amount is what makes you happy, buy it if not move on.
I agree here 100% the difference is all that matters, If you want to sell it for TOP dollar, take it to PPL Motorhomes in Houston,Tx. they are the largest consignment dealer in the USA. they charge 10% no hidden uncharges . they sell hundreds of rv's per month. I sold one there and know several folks who have and are were very pleased

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I'm not sure this will work in every case, but I was able to get full retail for my trade-in. I think there were several things that worked to make in happen.

It wasn't CW.

I was trading up to a much more expensive camper (2.5X)

The new camper was a 2017 after the 2018s had started to come out (wanting to make room for 2018 models).
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