Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-16-2013, 10:10 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 17
$1,995 for PDI?

So I'm about to pull the trigger on a new 2013 Thor Hurricane 32a and McMahon's has the best price I can find anywhere by at least $10k (35% below sticker). I ask about any other fees and they tell me they charge $1,995 for a PDI. They said they spend 3 days going through the motorhome with a 300 point checklist. They will fix any issues found during this time, etc. It includes a full detail, wash, wax, etc. too. My first inclination is I shouldn't have to pay for prep, but my total overall cost is still lower than any other dealer I can find. So I'm torn here. Is this even a normal practice?
__________________

__________________
bill_m3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-16-2013, 10:24 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 28,376
Usually the factory pays for or allows a price reduction to the dealer for the costs associated with the PDI.
I wouldn't pay it but it still comes out cheaper in the long run.
We never have paid for PDI on any of our new rigs and we haven't bought a used rig since 1988 and then it was a factory demo MH and no PDI cost on it either.
__________________

__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 10:28 PM   #3
Member
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 52
Hard to believe they really spend 3 days doing this. 8hr per day is 24 hours of inspection! Wow what all do they inspect, individual wire connections? And all stuff that dosent work should be covered under original warranty, no charge for those. Probably trying to make up some $$ from price. The wax is a nice idea if they really do it. I would ask for extras to pad the pain a little. Wheel/tire covers for storage, holding tank additive, an oil change later on, emergency reflectors, a full tank of fuel, Water filters, surge protector, sewer hose support, free carpet shampoo after 2 weeks of boondocking with the grandkids, etc.
Good luck and congrats.
__________________
Fletcher0077 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 10:36 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Fred and Bonnie's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Pacific Northwest or SoCal
Posts: 2,835
Send a message via ICQ to Fred and Bonnie
In one word "McMahon's".
__________________
Fred and Bonnie
2005 Dolphin LX 6375
Abby, Ruffles & Scarlett, "The Cats"
Fred and Bonnie is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 10:49 PM   #5
Community Moderator
 
Scarab0088's Avatar


 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 13,994
Its just a sales game, I think. Like car dealers add a "dealer prep" fee.

What is important is the bottom line of the deal.

The bottom line can be hard to find, and gets very hard if you do a trade-in.

If they have the best price then you are good...they can call it what they want.

Best of luck and safe travels
__________________
Kim and Steve, Mustang LCDR (Ret), Damon Outlaw #1193
I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance, Samuel Coleridge
https://www.irv2.com/attachments/signaturepics/sigpic84535_7.gif
WE LOVE OUR OUTLAW RV
Scarab0088 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 10:52 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
bluepill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pensacola, FL
Posts: 2,246
Three words:

Bait and Switch.
__________________
2008 Itasca Meridian 37H & 2015 Flagstaff T12RBST
2011 & 2012 Len & Pat's "One lap of America"
27K miles & 41 states in 13 months - Woo Woo
Yellowstone Lake 6-1-2012
bluepill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 10:55 PM   #7
Member
 
viper's Avatar
 
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Where it's parked!
Posts: 79
IMO before you sign on the dotted line-anything is negotiable including the PDI cost! This is just another way the dealer add ons make money for them-like extended warranties are are totally negotiable in price. Frankly, I don't think you shouldn't have to pay for a PDI. The dealer has an obligation to deliver a clean unit that they have inspected before delivery. Now how much they inspect it is another question. You can also use a PDI checklist of your own to do your own inspection before taking delivery and those forms are available on this site. You also have an option of getting your own independent RV tech to do an PDI inspection on this unit, and I doubt it would cost $1995! Simply make a notation on the contract that the dealer must pay for and repair any defecencies noted on the inspection report before you take possession. Your new warranty would cover most problems found in the first year which the dealership would have to fix so if they don't fix them predelivery, then they get to do it post delivery! I think you need to do some serious negiotitatying on the $1995 PDI cost, or get your own PDI inspection done for a lot less $$. I think if you play "hard ball" with the dealer on this issue they will negotiate on the cost because they really don't want to have another inspector have to come in and inspect their units. Just be willing to call the deal off if they don't want to compromise. If they think you'll "walk" you'll get the deal done! Good luck!
__________________
viper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 11:48 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Arch Hoagland's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Clovis, CA, USA
Posts: 5,879
Too funny. That's totally, completely ridiculous.
__________________
2004 Monaco La Palma 36DBD, W22, 8.1, 7.1 MPG
2000 LEXUS RX300 FWD 22MPG 4020 LBS
Arch Hoagland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 11:53 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
TheJeep's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 239
On a new rv I would do it myself and bring it back to them under the warranty 2000 bucks is a lot. See what they say if you said not to do it.
__________________
2006 Monaco Dynasty Diamond IV
TheJeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2013, 12:19 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: California
Posts: 760
Quote:
Originally Posted by bill_m3 View Post
So I'm about to pull the trigger on a new 2013 Thor Hurricane 32a and McMahon's has the best price I can find anywhere by at least $10k (35% below sticker). I ask about any other fees and they tell me they charge $1,995 for a PDI. They said they spend 3 days going through the motorhome with a 300 point checklist. They will fix any issues found during this time, etc. It includes a full detail, wash, wax, etc. too. My first inclination is I shouldn't have to pay for prep, but my total overall cost is still lower than any other dealer I can find. So I'm torn here. Is this even a normal practice?
I would consider the dealers offer on two conditions...

A. buyer to be on hand for any/all inspections and repairs

B. any item which fails in the first 90 days to be repaired by dealer
both parts and labor


His price is high be if they agree to the above it MAY be fair.

Good luck!
__________________
2006 Monaco Diplomat Atrium model, 41'
Cummins ISL-400HP CM850
bukzin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2013, 08:42 AM   #11
Moderator Emeritus
 
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 18,060
Agree - the dealer is just getting back a big chunk of that 35% discount he offered up front. "Bait and switch" is what it is, since he can't deliver the RV to you without doing at least some of what he is calling "PDI" (it's really dealer prep and waranty).

The bottom line is obviously very important, but I would NOT choose to do business with somebody who does that sort of underhanded thing. Both for reasons of principle and the fact that the dealer is probably going to be devious about other things as well.
__________________
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2013, 09:17 AM   #12
Moderator Emeritus
 
RustyJC's Avatar


 
Texas Boomers Club
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Cypress, Texas USA
Posts: 8,854
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scarab0088 View Post
Its just a sales game, I think. Like car dealers add a "dealer prep" fee.

What is important is the bottom line of the deal.

The bottom line can be hard to find, and gets very hard if you do a trade-in.

If they have the best price then you are good...they can call it what they want.
+1. Keep your eye on the number on the bottom right-hand corner of the page. What's above it (e.g., selling price, trade-in allowance, additional fees, etc.) doesn't matter. The only number that matters is the one that you'll be writing on the check.

Rusty
__________________
2016 Ram Longhorn 3500 Dually 4x4 CCLB, 385/900 Cummins, Aisin AS69RC, 4.10
2014.5 DRV Mobile Suites 38RSSA #6972
Come join us on a TEXAS BOOMERS rally!
RustyJC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2013, 09:26 AM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by RustyJC View Post
+1. Keep your eye on the number on the bottom right-hand corner of the page. What's above it (e.g., selling price, trade-in allowance, additional fees, etc.) doesn't matter. The only number that matters is the one that you'll be writing on the check.

Rusty
remember - how they itemize can also have affect on what tax is applicable to which portion - cost of RV vs a service (think sales tax). I guess it could also have an affect on what your bank is loaning money against & your valuation for insurance purposes.

Stephen
__________________
stephen44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2013, 09:33 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
450Donn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Dallas,OR
Posts: 2,551
Tell him no deal. PDI is part of the sale or nothing.
__________________

__________________
Don and Lorri
2007 Dodge 3500 dually
Resident Dummy.
450Donn is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:43 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.