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Old 07-10-2016, 10:18 AM   #1
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Purchase question

We've been looking at both new and used motorhomes for a year and found one that appears to suit our needs..
This would be our first RV purchase but we've owned a houseboat which we had an out of water survey done on before we finalized the purchase. The purchase was contingent upon an exceptable survey. When buying anything used, most would agree that there's going to normal wear and tear that would be acceptable. Anything other than that wouldn't necessarily cancel the purchase but could possibly reopen price negotiations.
I would like to make an offer on this motorhome but would like to make the offer contingent upon an exceptable inspection. The motorhome is for sale on consignment at a used RV sales and service center..
In the offer I would agree to pay for the inspection but could walk away from the deal at anytime..
The sales guy said he's never sold one under these conditions.. Does that sound right??

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Old 07-10-2016, 10:45 AM   #2
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I think it's common for a buyer to have his agent inspect both the coach and chassis and test drive. If he wants a shot at your money he meets your terms.

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Old 07-10-2016, 10:49 AM   #3
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Probably just sales blather, but maybe he personally has never encountered that before. And since its a consignment sale, it's not up to him anyway. The owner would have to agree.

An inspection is a good idea, but not sure you need to sign a binding contract to do one. Will they accept a down payment (binder) to hold it until the inspection is done, and refund it if you cancel? Many states distinguish between a sales order (intent to buy) and a sale contract (a commitment). In any case, tell them you aren't making a commitment prior to completing the inspection and see where it goes. You aren't being unreasonable, but you may need to be flexible about the details.

It may also be that the owner doesn't care to negotiate, meaning that you can decide to buy or not but he isn't changing the price or terms of sale. That's his prerogative, of course, just as it is yours to walk away.
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I think it's common for a buyer to have his agent inspect both the coach and chassis and test drive. If he wants a shot at your money he meets your terms.
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Newbie to newbie.. I would not buy unless I had an inspection. We were lucky to have another IRV2 member (full timer) assist us. It was very helpful.
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On a DP, it's generally 2 inspections you'll be after, and anyone not willing to allow both would be an excuse to keep looking. In my experience, those qualified to inspect the chassis properly are generally not able or even willing to inspect the coach. If you find somebody able to do both, myself, I'd be leery of their capabilities to do both properly. Suggest you do whatever you can to keep it an arms length transaction by not allowing the selling dealer an opinion (that you trust) on ANYTHING (especially one who says they've never heard of this arrangement)!

In any case, if the inspector(s) find discrepancies, make sure they take a picture of each issue. This will very often be required to provide proof to a consignment seller that may be several states away, as well as a basis for determining the need/cost of the necessary repair.

Last, if you are serious about it, consider arranging for the coach part of the inspection while you are present. This will give you a chance to see and touch it first hand while it's being inspected. I would have trouble giving the first dime (that wasn't fully refundable) without seeing it in person first.
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We shelled out $450 to Freightliner to have our Cummins engine as well as the entire chassis inspected including all fluids tested. We were experienced enough to inspect the house portion of the coach ourselves but did have friends who have owned MH spend about 6 hours going over it with us before we made an offer.
We then put down a deposit but it was refundable if we found anything at all wrong with the engine/ chassis. The dealer was quite happy to do this.

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