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Old 03-15-2015, 12:23 PM   #1
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What is up with dealers not inspecting units until they are sold???

This has got to be one of the dumbest practices I've ever heard of. I mean it takes less than an hour to test all the systems. Wouldn't you rather have a unit ready to roll off the lot or know what it needs for a customer before they purchase it? I loved it when they thought I was gonna sign the paper work and then wait for them to have it ready to go. Told them they will get my money when I get my coach and to call me when it is ready to go...
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Old 03-15-2015, 12:36 PM   #2
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It is possible for things to happen between check in and check out on a trailer...In fact we often read headlines like:
27 RV's broken into on Dealer's Lot.

Also some things (Termite, Water damage, Leaks) may not be obvious at check in but six months later at check out.

IN fact I have (intentionally and for other reasons) left out many,many things that can go wrong while the RV is "Just Sitting" on the dealer's lot.

I might add....IF I were a dealer, when a trade in came my way, I'd be doing a "Pre-Trade-in-Delvery" inspection as well....A somewhat involved apprasial...Looking for the very same things.

When I towed my trailer up to the dealer,,,,Took me a while to find the Title (like 2 weeks later) We agreed on the trade in value though (HE ended up giving it to an employee as his "Dog House" (As in where you live when your wife gives you the boot,,,,Not where you house the canines)
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Old 03-15-2015, 02:19 PM   #3
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This has got to be one of the dumbest practices I've ever heard of. I mean it takes less than an hour to test all the systems. Wouldn't you rather have a unit ready to roll off the lot or know what it needs for a customer before they purchase it? I loved it when they thought I was gonna sign the paper work and then wait for them to have it ready to go. Told them they will get my money when I get my coach and to call me when it is ready to go...
I agree the practice makes no sense to US, but I believe it comes from the fact that "most" RV manufacturers pay for warranty repairs...but only after there is an owner. Silly as it seems because thee warranty is only issued to the owner, "most" dealers don't want to invest their labor and have to wait until it is sold to get reimbursed.

FWIW, I think you took the correct approach and I'm guessing they fixed things because they "knew" it would be sold quickly after the repairs. That isn't always true when a defective unit arrives from the builder, and so they don't.
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