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Old 07-26-2012, 08:35 AM   #1
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are prices set?

Anyone deal with Motor Home Specialist? are there prices what they are or can you haggle? What about PPL?

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Old 07-26-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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No prices are ever set. An informed buyer has all the power. Find a coach you like, do the research, make an offer you are comfortable with, and if they don't budge, walk.

Pay no attention to the sticker in the window, except in the unlikely event that it is lower than your offer price. Many people have a hard time offering $10000 less than the asking price. I guarantee you they have no compunction about writing a price on that sticker that is $10000 more than the coach is worth.

As a general rule of thumb, for a coach that is in perfect working order, NADA's low retail with NO options is a good starting place.

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Old 07-26-2012, 08:59 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by fountain42 View Post
Anyone deal with Motor Home Specialist? are there prices what they are or can you haggle? What about PPL?
Everything is negotiable.

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Old 07-26-2012, 09:21 AM   #4
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At MHS, a used unit may be one that MHS owns as a trade-in, or it may be a consignment unit. PPL used to be exclusively consignment units, although I understand they're taking trade-ins now. With a consignment unit, the final price is ultimately up to the owner - what's he/she willing to accept? MHS/PPL are just the middlemen.

If I found something I was interested in at either place, I wouldn't have any problem at all having MHS/PPL go back to the owner with my list of "faults" (e.g., needs new tires, new batteries, body work, chassis bracing, replacement floor covering, a full powertrain service, etc., etc.) and what I think I need as a corresponding price concession since I'm going to have to spend my money to address them. Then, as others have said, if they don't show any flexibility, I put my checkbook back in my pocket and go look at something else.

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Old 07-27-2012, 07:29 AM   #6
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PPL sells RVs on consignment, so the price is set by the seller, not PPL. You can make any offer you like and PPL can pass it on to the RV owner. Worst he can do is say "No".
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:02 AM   #7
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Are Prices set.... Yes, in Jello or Sand, take your choice.

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Old 07-27-2012, 10:16 AM   #8
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Nope...pricing is never firm unless its from a private seller. And then, they're rarely reasonably priced. Everyone wants to buy wholesale, and sell above retail.I often wish that dealers would do like CarMax... no haggle.. this is what it is. But there are so many factors involved that it'd be near impossible for an RV dealer to do it. Just remember, "reasonable" offers are always welcome. If you make a 40% off offer, don't be surprised if you get laughed at. Also remember, the salesman is there to assist you and needs to eat.... he won't try and make his years salary off of you alone, but don't expect him or her to spend all day with you for free. A little courtesy goes a long way in determining how good a price you get...;-)
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:13 AM   #9
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when our local dealer marked down new left over 2011s, they marked them down by as much as $70k!!
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:45 PM   #10
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So has anyone had first hand dealing with MHS? Mind if I ask the discount you agreed to? I know a good deal is what you and your spouse are happy with. But being new to this adventure I am looking for as much info I can get. So I can walk away feeling good about my purchase.

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