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Old 05-30-2015, 08:05 AM   #1
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PPL Discount From Advertised Price

Has anyone out there bought used from PPL? Wondering what kind of discount you negotiated from the advertised price.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:13 AM   #2
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zippo. Their price is their price normally. Technically they should take any offer you make to the owner as they are consignment, but when I almost listed there, their contract stated they didn't have to bring you offers.

Good place though, they are certainly big for a reason.
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I think there is a thread here with similar question and the consensus was that typically up to 10% discount from the listed price could be negotiated.

I am sure the usual pressures of condition, desirability, how priced initially, if consignment the owner loan owing amount, etc. will come into play. Also if you are paying cash, have financing already approved/arranged, and have the ability to solidly and quickly close the sale are factors.
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I bought my coach from PPL Houston. This does not answer your question, but may help with your planning. I looked and watched the prices for a long time, and picked several I wanted to look at. I drove down during some big discount sale. Found a really clean coach, test drove it, and was ready to make an offer. Well turns out during this sale the price is as stated. They would not take an offer till after the sale. It was discounted a thousand or two, but I may have come out better not waiting for the sale, and just making a low offer. I did not want to loose this coach, and my drive home is 3 to 4 hr each way so I just bought it. My point is if you wait for a sale you may want to ask be for you go if they will except offers below sale price during the sale.
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We bought our DRV from them and when it came time to sell it we used them also. I paid the sale price for the DRV and owner paid for fixing anything we found bad in walk thru. We paid for the walk thru. They fill tanks, run everything, you verify everything works. When we sold DRV it was this in reverse. We set a price, a sale price. This is in writing. It is binding. I did end up dropping price to move unit. So you can possibly get it for less but the owner has to do it. They did not call me asking me to lower price. I called them and lowered after so much time on lot.
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I bought my KSDP a few weeks ago. My experience was : If you have a trade in, they do not negotiate, if you buy outright they will. In actuality, I signed a contract with a trade in and did get $1,000 to repair/ replace the passenger seat. The truth is PPL is a consignment dealer on most units, therefore the final decision on a consignment is the owners not theirs. And yes 10% is a good target.
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And to add, their prices aren't bad - I think they are pretty fair to both the seller and the buyer. One must consider the fact that at PPL, there's somebody, sitting around in their living room somewhere, wishing someone else would do them a favor and take their rv off their hands.

So if you buy from PPl, you're doing the previous owner a big favor.
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Thanks all! We are looking for a used 5'ver to put on our property in central Texas and I had never heard any feedback on PPL. They certainly have the largest selection around.
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PPL lists their "sold" prices here:
Used Recreational Vehicles Sold or for Sale - PPL Motor Homes

If you want to get really dilligent about it, you can use a web archive to find the unit and it's "advertised" price to see how much they discounted it.

They're a consignment dealer, so they should pass through your offer to the owner.

They charge for an inspection and most of their units are powered down (or not powered) - so you're not going to get to do it yourself. It's almost $400 and isn't very exhaustive (in my opinion) - clearly it's a money maker. Here are the details:
Buy an RV from PPL Motorhomes, Houston, Texas - PPL Motor Homes

The other alternative is to take it "as-is".

I was there about 30 days ago looking at diesel pushers. Be aware that their "advertised" condition has a mapping. That is, if they list it as "excellent" it actually means "above average". See here: https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/seller/rv-ratings.htm

The DPs there when I went were trashed. RVs advertised as "no smoke" with cigarette holes that stunk and some with massive interior water damage - rot coming through the interior walls advertised as "excellent". I wouldn't have bought at one of them at 50% of asking... Some rigs, I couldn't even stand the smell to go into. I looked at all of the diesels in Houston.

I wasn't there to look at towables, but I did go in a few and they seemed to fair a bit better....

The place was full of people, but no pressure from sales..
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