Originally Posted by BrianMullins
We are just north of Atlanta. No I'm not dead set on a 2013. I think I would even like a 2014 better. The 2013 Wildcat 327CK is what they had at the show and I liked the price. I actually got them down to $29,894, I was $4000.00 short of paying cash so walked away. Hoping just as good a deal will come along. We will be going fulltime Nov. of this year if all ducks can stay lined up.
I would say to check with some of the dealerships up in in MI or IN as they always seem to offer prices that can be thousands of dollars less expensive than many local dealers. I purchased our Wildcat in Muskegon, MI at All Season's RV our sales person was Amanda Logan who was fantastic to work with as was the entire process from beginning to end. So I would recommend that you call her for some price information.
Then I would follow two different routes before making a purchase. One would be to see if your current dealer would price match. However when doing a price match in this case be fair to the local dealer. Keep in mind that if you purchased an rv in Muskegon you would have cost involved to either go take delivery or pay for delivery. So add this cost to your offer, after all the local dealer has to cover delivery to his location also. If the two of you end up a few hundred to a thousand dollars apart then it is your call as to is it worth paying the difference to have a good working relationship with a local dealer.
Second route would be that if the savings were great enough for you to drive or pay delivery from Muskegon, start making a few call to nearby Wildcat dealer service depts. and ask point blank if they will provide warranty work on a Wildcat that was not purchased locally. Some will, some won't figuring that if you wouldn't buy from them, why should they help you now. Forest River will not force a local dealership to do warranty repairs on anyones RV......they will cover the repair at an authorized dealer, but bottom line you are at the mercy of the dealership as to if they will accept the work. Hence comes into play trying to form a good relationship with a local dealer.
In our case we couldn't locate the floorplan we wanted due to it having been discontinued. So I called a small town local and fairly new dealership and asked if they would provide warranty service on a unit if I purchased it from out of state. Of course the first question was why go out of state to buy. After explaining about the discontinued floor plan and confirming that they did not have one in inventory nor could order one they were more than gracious in accepting any warranty work I may need taken care of. I guess they have the train of thought that by forming a good relationship with me, the next time I purchased they have their foot in the door with me.
I guess what I'm saying is shop wise, shop smart and in some cases the lowest dollar paid may not always be the best price. Cover your bases both present and future.
Keeping in mind that there is so such thing as a bad price, As long as both the buyer an seller are happy with the deal.