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Old 10-18-2010, 05:26 AM   #1
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Question Dealer recommendations ?

Hi Y'all,
We'll be buying a used Diesel Pusher next Spring. I've been researching the market for quite some time, and am leaning towards private owners. But, I also see some excellent offerings from some dealers as well. Any opinions on the pros and cons of both will be welcome.
Also, it appears that there are some areas of the country with large concentrations of dealers. Any thoughts regarding PPL, Best Pre-owned RV, Lazy Daze ? Any other dealers that stand out as good people to do business with ?
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:13 AM   #2
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Lazy Days always has a good selection of used RVs because of the retired people in Florida. Winter time is a great time to buy a used RV becareful on waiting too long in Spring because everyone else wants one for the summer so the inventory goes down and the price goes up. You can normally work a better price in the winter. My suggestion is to start looking early because you may not find what you want at the price you want. One of the big problems is that the banks do not like loaning money and especially on MHs right now because they feel like if you have to make a decision on not paying on the house or not paying on the MH most will stop paying on the MH. The bank criteria is a moving target on qualifications right now.

I little hint. MHs advertised on the internet by RV dealers are normally at a lower price than an MH at a dealer that is not advertising on the internet. It is hard to understand why but that is what I ran into when I was looking.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:19 AM   #3
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I really think you should stay away from dealers for a used coach. Private individuals or a consignment lot would be my choice. My reasoning to stay away from dealers is only based on one dealer's markup, but I would think they all mark them up pretty high.
I traded in a two year old coach to the dealer where I originally purchased it. A few days later I was on the lot and saw my old coach. The price they had on it was more than I originally paid for it new.
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Bought my used RV at Motorhome Specialists in Alvarado, TX (www.mhsrv.com) Though not a perfect experience, it was my best RV buying experience by far. Their price was excellent compared to any similar units on the market. This was in 2008. It seems, antedotedly, used prices appear higher today. The dealership is accomodating and easy to deal with. That was my experience, yours and others may be different. I would buy from them again if the right unit came on their lot. My best advice is shop, shop, shop and have a good feeling about the deal from whomever you buy. My personal bias is towards the lowest price. All the dealerships have promised me good service, but large and small, all failed when I needed service.
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:01 AM   #5
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I have had dealing with that dealer in Alvarado and they were good. RV dealers are alot like politicians. People lie when they sell the RV and they lie when you are trying to buy one. The real big advantage of buying a MH from the dealer is the initial warranty. Sometimes the cheaper price from an individual will work and you only have to pay a little in fixing stuff. The dealer like Lazy Days, John Bleakley or MHSRV will fix everything in a set period of time which is nice especially if you are not handy. There will be things that are broken.

The BlueBook prices for used RVs did it fact go up on the last printing. My friend at the dealer said it is because they are not making as many new ones, people are not spending all the money to buy a new one so good used ones are harder to find so there prices went up. That is their story and they are sticking with it.
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My experience, private sellers tend to have 'pie in the sky' opinions as to the value of their property. Yes, a dealer will put a high 'sticker' price on their stuff, but the difference is, they know what its really worth - and if you've done your homework, you should be able to get it for a fair price (or go elsewhere).

I agree with the comments as to warranty coverage. Even on an older rig, a dealer will typically give some kind of warranty protection, even if it's only for 30 to 90 days. What do you think you'll get out of a private party if, say, the tranny blows on your way home?

Good luck, no matter what you decide.
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We bought our last two coaches at Lazydays (Seffner, FL) and have been quite pleased overall.
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michguy - note you are right down the road here in Michigan so if you want to deal with a reputable dealer, either on a new or used coach, I highly recommend Midway here in Grand Rapids.
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The BEST dealers will be (deaf-mutes). That way They will not hear the questions you have and be able to lie to you
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The BEST dealers will be (deaf-mutes). That way They will not hear the questions you have and be able to lie to you
Best for whom?
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We bought ours used from a private person 1000 miles away... flew down, looked it over and the service records and felt the price was very fair and what we wanted.... looked several months on line. Flew back to make the final payment and he included $1,000's more of "accessory" stuff we would've had to buy!!!! Great coach to begin with and his records of care and maintenance were awesome!
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We bought our first RV from the side of the road, and found out that it was so loaded with great stuff. We bought our 2nd RV from the dealer because we were doing a major upgrade for us, and wanted the protection of "what if's happened.". I think we were extremely lucky with our first purchase.
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Holland Motor Homes was very fair with me. In San Diego, Steve Wilson, would be a gent I would recommend to anyone. More interested in selling you the right rig, then just selling a rig... Would be worth a phone all to Steve, to see whom he would recommend from the East Holland Motor Homes dealership.

PPL gets good feedback, on honest grading of the rigs.

Motor Homes of Texas, same good report card.

If you are not yet real sure what you are looking for. New, used, model etc. - then starting a relationship with an honest salesmen, is a good move. They do exist, network around and ask, I gave you one name. And can mention another Steve from Califorina Coaches too, also came highly recommended to me.

These professionals, quite often see the incoming trade in's and consignment units, before they hit the lot. If you start a good relationship with them, and are ready to move when they locate one that matches - you can do very good. Yes, you may end up paying a bit more, but for the right coach it can be worth it. I know, as my unit was on consignment. I feel I paid a fair price for our coach, and more important - it matched our Must Have and Like to Have lists.

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A huge "Thank You !" to all who responded. I've been checking out most of the dealers that you've mentioned via Internet and you've confirmed a lot of my feelings. I'll shop, shop, shop, and I'm confident that we'll get the right coach for us.
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