I don't think it's a good idea to base your coach decision on whether the coach has a CAT or a Cummins. Their both good power plants. First of all, for the most part that decision has been made for you long before you decided to buy. The manufacture will only allow us to make so many decisions and generally, the power package has already been bought. Now, if you have the bucks, you can spend a lot more, but generally, the bennifit to use ratio just isn't there for the added cost. I only know of a couple instances where you really get your moneys worth when you request one engine or another. If you want those 50 more horses their gong to cost you another $15,000 +. It doesn't make sense to buy the power package twice, because thats what your doing, and then you never get any of that money back.
I replied to a dealer pricing guide book at another site the other day; do you know that we are not compensated for any options we purchase with our coaches, nor those that we add after the sale.? "NOTHING" Thats right, it's the biggest rip-off we face when we buy these coaches, and it's planned that way. We sit down with the salesperson and look at all the options they put before us and never give any thought to their real value, and for the most part we really shouldn't have to. But, heres the truth of the matter.
We pay and pay dearly for the options we want on our coaches, but did you know, that there is NO consideration given for their value when you trade or finance a used coach? The value of our coaches, once they become used, is derived soley on their base price at new. If you take your coach to a dealer and use it for a trade-in, your going to get what looks like low book value, and low book value is what the financial institutions look at if and when we want to finance a purchase of a used coach. To me, this is so far from reality, that it stinks of someone profiting at our expense.
I like extras and the nicer things we can afford in life, but there's a limit to just how much I'm willing to throw away, so some else can profit from it...
As they say in government, "the system is broke and needs to be fixed."