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Old 03-19-2019, 08:21 AM   #1
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Purchasing out of state - sight unseen?

We’re looking to buy a gently used Bounder 35K towards the end of the year. There’s a strong possibility we may have to travel the country to find the right one for us. One of the things I will be certain to do is hire a qualified inspector to write a full report before any money is exchanged or travel plans are made. Can anyone shed light on some of the mechanics of such a transaction and the best way to protect ourselves. Note that we may be buying from a dealer or a private party which could make a difference in how the transaction is handled. Thanks!
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I would never buy sight unseen. No matter how many pictures or inspections are done.
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Old 03-19-2019, 08:27 AM   #4
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Yes...I should have worded the title a little better. I wouldn’t either. But travel plans would have to be made. Deposit? Those kind of things.
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Hire an inspector if you can't look yourself.
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When we bought ours in Phoenix (we live in KY) we flew out to see the coach and check it out completely. Went for a long ride with the sellers and had them go through all the systems to show us they work. We went home, discussed for a few days and decided to purchase. At that point we wrote up a contract, had all signatures notarized, then we sent a downpayment to a bank to handle the transaction.

The next thing we did was hire an independent certified inspector to go through the coach. I can't remember exactly but I couldn't believe how detailed he was and how many pages were in the report. The only thing of consequence was the center AC unit needed to be replaced. We also did an analysis of the oils and that came back good. Our sellers also had every single piece of paper regarding service and maintenance.

We flew out a few weeks later to pick up the coach. Went to the bank to finalize payment and have title signed over to us, went to the DMV to get a temp tag, and left the next morning. It can be done I simply recommend taking it step by step. If the seller is not willing to go through YOUR process, then I'd walk away.
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Be sure to have a walk-away agreement. And be prepared to do just that. If you are not 100% happy, get your deposit back and keep looking.
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When we bought ours in Phoenix (we live in KY) we flew out to see the coach and check it out completely. Went for a long ride with the sellers and had them go through all the systems to show us they work. We went home, discussed for a few days and decided to purchase. At that point we wrote up a contract, had all signatures notarized, then we sent a downpayment to a bank to handle the transaction.



The next thing we did was hire an independent certified inspector to go through the coach. I can't remember exactly but I couldn't believe how detailed he was and how many pages were in the report. The only thing of consequence was the center AC unit needed to be replaced. We also did an analysis of the oils and that came back good. Our sellers also had every single piece of paper regarding service and maintenance.



We flew out a few weeks later to pick up the coach. Went to the bank to finalize payment and have title signed over to us, went to the DMV to get a temp tag, and left the next morning. It can be done I simply recommend taking it step by step. If the seller is not willing to go through YOUR process, then I'd walk away.


This sounds like what we’d want to do. Can you give more details on the contract your wrote up? And did you consider doing the inspection before you agreed to purchase in order to negotiate a better price? Did the seller agree to replace the AC?
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Be sure to have a walk-away agreement. And be prepared to do just that. If you are not 100% happy, get your deposit back and keep looking.

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Is this some formal document or just something that says if we don’t like what we see during the walk around we are under no obligation to purchase?
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If you think it looks worth buying it is worth your time to go see it. Pictures can be misleading. We went to several units we thought we would buy and after inspection by us changed mind.

Never buy sight unseen even if you have an inspection done.

Good luck with you journey. You will enjoy the end result
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We used a contract we found online and the sellers agreed to the wording. When we decided to purchase we told them it was based on getting an inspection and oil analysis and any issues resolved between the two of us. If it couldn't get resolved, our deposit was refunded 100%. This was in writing in the contract.

Before we booked our flights to purchase the coach we had the analysis and inspection report in hand. The sellers had already taken the coach to have the AC unit replaced before we even discussed it.

Another thing we did was have several face time phone calls. I think it helped with the entire process. We were able to see their expressions as we discussed things and they were able to see our sincerity in purchasing their coach.

Good luck with your process and if I can help in any way, just let me know.
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We used a contract we found online and the sellers agreed to the wording. When we decided to purchase we told them it was based on getting an inspection and oil analysis and any issues resolved between the two of us. If it couldn't get resolved, our deposit was refunded 100%. This was in writing in the contract.



Before we booked our flights to purchase the coach we had the analysis and inspection report in hand. The sellers had already taken the coach to have the AC unit replaced before we even discussed it.



Another thing we did was have several face time phone calls. I think it helped with the entire process. We were able to see their expressions as we discussed things and they were able to see our sincerity in purchasing their coach.



Good luck with your process and if I can help in any way, just let me know.


Would you have a link or search criteria for said contract?

Thanks!
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Is this some formal document or just something that says if we don’t like what we see during the walk around we are under no obligation to purchase?
A post dated, certified cheque dated for the purchase date will work. If it is refused, maybe you should not deal with that party.
Be sure to have an inspection done. It will cost you a bit, but even if you do not buy, it will be money and experience well worth your while.
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I can't remember the exact one we used but if you google RV purchase agreement there will be several. You can also note on the agreement that there is an amendment included with the purchase agreement. On that amendment you can include what ever you want and the seller will sign off on. This is where I would clearly state the purchase is based on an oil analysis and certified RV inspection and that any and all issues that are found must be resolved by both the buyer and seller. If the two parties cannot come to an agreement, all deposits are returned to the seller.
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