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Old 04-17-2015, 07:56 PM   #1
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Trade-in Value

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After an rv comes back from the factory fixed, does that affect the trade in value?

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I would think having things that are broken or not working would affect value more than having a repair record that someone wouldn't know about anyway unless you told them.
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yes, it does. Being taken back to the factory and 'rebuilt' is never the same as if it was put together correctly the first time. Tear down and repair, is just that..... having a problem and having to return it back to the factory is a big neg-a-tory on the value. All dealers will be able to look into the history, if documented and judge that accordingly. So.... do not 'trade it', sell it out right to no one that you know and one that you will never see again in order to get top dollar on a defective product.... because you will not get top dollar from a dealer, only an excuse of 'returned to factory for being ill built and still may be defective..
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yes, it does. Being taken back to the factory and 'rebuilt' is never the same as if it was put together correctly the first time. Tear down and repair, is just that..... having a problem and having to return it back to the factory is a big neg-a-tory on the value. All dealers will be able to look into the history, if documented and judge that accordingly. So.... do not 'trade it', sell it out right to no one that you know and one that you will never see again in order to get top dollar on a defective product.... because you will not get top dollar from a dealer, only an excuse of 'returned to factory for being ill built and still may be defective..
From what I've seen and heard, when the factory repairs/rebuilds a camper, it is better than the new ones and should NOT reduce the value. Selling it to a person and not disclosing the history is just a little shady in my opinion.
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I disagree with Brother Les. When I traded in my other two fifth wheels the dealer merely gave the trailer the once over and then looked up at the book value and that is what they offered me. Of course that was when the negotiations really began. I donít believe there is a tracking system of repairs in the trailer industry.
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From what I've seen and heard, when the factory repairs/rebuilds a camper, it is better than the new ones and should NOT reduce the value. Selling it to a person and not disclosing the history is just a little shady in my opinion.
Thanks so much. I thought that once it is repaired, It is repaired. Repaired better than a new one is built.
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:17 AM   #7
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I disagree with Brother Les. When I traded in my other two fifth wheels the dealer merely gave the trailer the once over and then looked up at the book value and that is what they offered me. Of course that was when the negotiations really began. I donít believe there is a tracking system of repairs in the trailer industry.
Thank You, exactly what I thought !!
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Help, not hinder.

I would never even consider selling anything [car, truck, boat, RV, aircraft, etc] to anyone without explaining any and every problem that I was aware of. My "Name and reputation" are at stake, not to mention possibly the new owner's lives.
A new owner may not be savvy or mechanically inclined and not realize a problem until it's too late. I would want to help rather than hinder them.
I'm 70 years old and my name and handshake are important to me. This forum is about helping folks, not hiding problems like some dealers do.
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After an rv comes back from the factory fixed, does that affect the trade in value?

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You have (2) Issues here! #1 we have Traded in units to Dealers (Site Unseen) they offer a price (your choice) to take the offer! #2 Private Sale , the buyers want everything to work and look new, for Top Price! A Factory (Rebuilt/Repair) would be a BIG PLUS to a LOOKING buyer! IMO! Youroo!!
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I would never even consider selling anything [car, truck, boat, RV, aircraft, etc] to anyone without explaining any and every problem that I was aware of. My "Name and reputation" are at stake, not to mention possibly the new owner's lives.
A new owner may not be savvy or mechanically inclined and not realize a problem until it's too late. I would want to help rather than hinder them.
I'm 70 years old and my name and handshake are important to me. This forum is about helping folks, not hiding problems like some dealers do.
Thanks !! I agree
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You have (2) Issues here! #1 we have Traded in units to Dealers (Site Unseen) they offer a price (your choice) to take the offer! #2 Private Sale , the buyers want everything to work and look new, for Top Price! A Factory (Rebuilt/Repair) would be a BIG PLUS to a LOOKING buyer! IMO! Youroo!!
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I would never even consider selling anything [car, truck, boat, RV, aircraft, etc] to anyone without explaining any and every problem that I was aware of. My "Name and reputation" are at stake, not to mention possibly the new owner's lives.
A new owner may not be savvy or mechanically inclined and not realize a problem until it's too late. I would want to help rather than hinder them.
I'm 70 years old and my name and handshake are important to me. This forum is about helping folks, not hiding problems like some dealers do.
I agree 100 percent both reputation and honesty are important.
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I disagree with Brother Les. When I traded in my other two fifth wheels the dealer merely gave the trailer the once over and then looked up at the book value and that is what they offered me. Of course that was when the negotiations really began. I donít believe there is a tracking system of repairs in the trailer industry.
When you have work done by a Dealer that involves the manufacture warranty work, it is noted in the manufactures data by your vin number. When I was speaking to Forest River a few weeks back about some issues, I was told that they have the history of all work done by the Dealer and that Lippert Components were able to pull up the same file and read what was in it. Factory returns/repairs would show up on the Forest River vin file if the Dealer were to inquired.
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When you have work done by a Dealer that involves the manufacture warranty work, it is noted in the manufactures data by your vin number. When I was speaking to Forest River a few weeks back about some issues, I was told that they have the history of all work done by the Dealer and that Lippert Components were able to pull up the same file and read what was in it. Factory returns/repairs would show up on the Forest River vin file if the Dealer were to inquired.
X2. I know for a fact Wildcat does. Not sure about the others. I don't know that it would affect value other than an accident. Honestly, it wouldn't bother me having one that had to go back to the factory.

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"If a man's (or woman's) word isn't any good, neither are they" my grandpa(rip) always told me. My father(rip) reinforced with me and I in turn to my boys and we try to live by it.
The heart of man is continually evil, who can know it... God knows it, for mans nature is carnal, because man was made a carnal creature of free will. Die to the first Adam and his nature and be reborn to the second Adam. Life is in the Spirit and choose Life.

I never said to lie to anyone. If your unit has to go back to the factory for a redo and if you wish to sell it, go right a head and tell the potential buyer that you had to send it back to the factory for some 'work' and 'fine tuning' and that it is so much better made than if it was 'done correctly' the first time that it came off the line.


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I did not know that Brother Les. Your key phrase is, if the dealer were to inquire.

We traded our last Wildcat to the dealer sight unseen. The dealer saw it for the first time when our Silverback was ready for us to pick up. They gave the Wildcat a very cursory inspection (didnít even open the slides) and they didnít look at the VIN until our paper work was being filled out.

I really doubt that having the factory do repair work would have any effect on the trade-in price. If the dealer inquired about it I would tell the dealer the factory repaired it to a better than new condition and then ask for a much higher trade value.
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I did not know that Brother Les. Your key phrase is, if the dealer were to inquire.

We traded our last Wildcat to the dealer sight unseen. The dealer saw it for the first time when our Silverback was ready for us to pick up. They gave the Wildcat a very cursory inspection (didnít even open the slides) and they didnít look at the VIN until our paper work was being filled out.

I really doubt that having the factory do repair work would have any effect on the trade-in price. If the dealer inquired about it I would tell the dealer the factory repaired it to a better than new condition and then ask for a much higher trade value.
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