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Old 03-09-2016, 10:40 AM   #1
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Will full body paint increase the value when you sell?

We are looking to upgrade to a FW in the fall (after we upgrade to a 1T dually TV), and are wondering what % of the money spent on Full Body Paint would be recouped when we sell in 5-6 years. I don't mind spending the extra money IF I would see it bring me more when I sell eventually. Yes depending on the condition of course, but I am OCD and take meticulous care of everything I own, so ass/u/me the FW is in excellent condition. Anyone have FBP that: #1 helped or hurt them when selling their RV, or #2 felt it still retained the upscale look and brought them more money when they sold?
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Just my opinion here but I don't think it would add that much value at re-sale. It would definitely help in "sale-ability". You wont have oxidation and it will look more visually appealing to a perspective buyer but as always you would have to find a buyer looking for that upgrade.

I just did a search on the local classifieds and just some quick research showed the asking price was about 2k more for similar years and one being full body paint. All the results I saw here (Utah) were about 4 year old units.

I would agree that it retains the upscale look and will be way more appealing to a buyer but still not sure if that would entice a buyer to pay more than a couple thousand over another unit without full paint.

Just my opinions here....
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:31 PM   #3
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Hi DB I can help answer that.

The answer is yes and no.

If you trade it in at a dealership the answer is No. When we do trade ins we never ask if there is full body paint so you would be getting the same value as one without it.

Now if you sell it yourself then Yes! When people see your they will pay more.
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Old 03-23-2016, 04:43 PM   #4
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Full Body Paint

All those extras cost a lot but in most cases if you trade your unit in the dealer acts like there are no extras there. Just the same as buying a new, expensive motorcycle. You can add thousands in upgrades etc. but the dealer usually won't give you one dollar more. You do a lot better selling the unit yourself.
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:13 PM   #5
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That is what I noticed when I trade my 2013 Sierra 1500 for a new 2015 Sierra 3500 HD DRW last week; the dealer's appraiser didn't notice that it didn't have a scratch on it, the full fiberglass bed cover, the K&N air intake system, or the $1100 custom duals. Just looked up the year and mileage then lowballed the value until I had a fit. Finally got close enough to what I wanted and made the trade. I figure we need to decide if the $$ spent for full paint = our enjoyment of the 5er while we have it. Private sale might bring a couple K's more, but at least it will catch shopper's attention.
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:45 PM   #6
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Only Rhonda Rousey increases in value in full body paint.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:38 PM   #7
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Indeed!
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So what is the difference between the mob and most of our rv dealers?
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:55 AM   #9
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I don't believe it would make a difference. Most people looking for used are on a budget and don't care if it's paint or decals.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:28 AM   #10
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I've seen around $10k for full body paint.
You would not re coup even a 1/3 of that.


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Old 03-24-2016, 08:43 AM   #11
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All those extras cost a lot but in most cases if you trade your unit in the dealer acts like there are no extras there. Just the same as buying a new, expensive motorcycle. You can add thousands in upgrades etc. but the dealer usually won't give you one dollar more. You do a lot better selling the unit yourself.
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:54 AM   #12
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A full body paint or the generic paint and stickers, the dealer will only give you the book value on it, if you're that lucky. Like others have said, you can put a 20k paint job on a 10k car, but no one will pay 30k for a car that's only worth 10k.

One thing to consider is that, some dealers may offer you less on a trade due to it may be hard to resell it. The RV dealer we deal with when our TT needs work, has a full body painted Redwood that they took in on a trade and they can't sell it because no one likes the color scheme of the paint and they said they'll never take a full body paint RV again in for a trade. It's been sitting there for close to 2 years
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A full body paint or the generic paint and stickers, the dealer will only give you the book value on it, if you're that lucky. Like others have said, you can put a 20k paint job on a 10k car, but no one will pay 30k for a car that's only worth 10k.

One thing to consider is that, some dealers may offer you less on a trade due to it may be hard to resell it. The RV dealer we deal with when our TT needs work, has a full body painted Redwood that they took in on a trade and they can't sell it because no one likes the color scheme of the paint and they said they'll never take a full body paint RV again in for a trade. It's been sitting there for close to 2 years
Wheres that ? id like to see some pics .
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Me 2! Where is it located and do you know the floor plan?
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It's up in mass, I'm going up there this weekend and if it's still there I'll take pics and post them up. It was there last September I was there
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When you are buying, the salesman makes a big deal about full body paint, but when you trade in.........good luck
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:36 AM   #17
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It really depends on the buyer.

I won't even pay the $350 for the "special colors" when we buy a new car so 10K for RV paint is certainly not happening. I am a cheapo though

Honestly, my choice would be a plain RV with just like a light grey paint and maybe a couple shades darker on the bottom. Hold the swirls and dots or whatever they call that stuff that they always put on every rv ever
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:57 PM   #18
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Airstream doesn't seem to have a problem with a "no paint job". To each his own. It was the paint job that originally attracted both of us to the Aviator. We saw one pull into the same CG we were in and thought it was the best looking TT either of us had ever seen. It was all downhill from there.
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Full body paint on our 2016 2801 had a list price of $5,593, we paid $3300 and for us worth the look it gives this coach.

Although I am not the wealthiest person around, I like how things look that I own as well as the function. Even if I don't get my money back, it's worth the $3300 to feel good about what I own and proud of the way others look at it as well.

For those, like me, that don't particularity like to wash/wax rigs, a $35 truck wash as we travel does a great job and with modern clear coats you never *really* have to wax the rig (again, many would disagree, but ask a body shop). Just the ease of maintenance also makes full paint worth it to *me*.

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All is needed is experience from fade and one quickly understands the value of full body paint. My 2015, now 2 years old, has had 2 cap re do's and finally a full cap replacement . The inconvenience, frustration, time, travel, loss of unit, would be more than a paint job cost. I would bet more RESALE dollars would be returned. Not trade in dollars; resale dollars.
Many 5ers report fade in both caps, should they be so equipped. Most people are creatures of their youth and gravitate to shiny, glistening, items. At least in my generation. BUT, things change. Look at Harley Davidson. Selling most of the FLAT BLACK bikes they can build! Heck, I am beginning to like the look myself!
Don't see that in RV'ing future right now, but, never say no! 😎
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