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Old 01-04-2012, 08:48 AM   #1
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Are we being unreasonable asking for an inspection?

We are hunting for our first motorhome. We have extensive experience with purchasing large boats and find ourselves stymied with our first negotiations with a motorhome owner.
We found a 2007 Monaco we liked and after a test drive we came to an agreement on the sales price. We told the owner we wanted to have a local dealer do a pre-purchase inspection on it at our expense. He states he does not see the need for the inspection since he still has six months left on a transferable extended warranty. He says it will take care of any problems and no matter what it finds he won't go any lower on his price. We assured him we are not looking for a lower price but He will not budge on allowing the inspection. He also says he is too busy.
Are we being unreasonable making this a deal breaker? Should we see red flags?
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My 1st thought is "why is he objecting to an inspection, is he hiding something?" But, taking his RV to a dealer who sells RV's isn't a good idea either. The dealer will do his best to find fault and try to sell you one of his units. Can you find a local qualified mechanic who will go to where the MH is and go over it? That way you have a INDEPENDENT person who has no axe to grind. If the sellar won't accept that arrangement I'd look for another unit. Good luck. ed
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You are the buyer spending your hard earned money. Your request is neither unusual or out of line. Walk away fast and do not look back.
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x2 what jzick said!
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I see a red flag. Warranty won't cover a lot of things as a beginning.... and the dealer covering that warranty would be the last place I'd want to have it inspected.

And too busy? What's that all about....
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Tell him that you won't buy it without an inspection, him being reluctant is hiding something. One phone call, tell him you want an inspection not to beat him up on price but to protect yourself from potential problems. He refuses then thank him and wait for him to call you. Then knock him down a grand.

I'm on the fence about dealer or independent. An independent has no axe to grind but the factory guys are knowledgeable about specific problems with those units.
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Anyone trying to sell a 40DP in today's market... and finds a buyer... and agrees on a price.... but is too busy to take it in for inspection... isn't being up front with you. It is hard to imagine what he's hiding though considering it has an extended wty.

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Anyone trying to sell a 40DP in today's market... and finds a buyer... and agrees on a price.... but is too busy to take it in for inspection... isn't being up front with you. It is hard to imagine what he's hiding though considering it has an extended wty.

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I'd be worried about crash damage that isn't covered by warranty just for example. And what does the warranty actually cover?

Some folks just take offense at the thought that you don't trust them. Fact is there could be problems that even the owner isn't aware of.
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Don't buy without an inspection, NOW FOR SURE!

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I agree.
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I see a red flag. Warranty won't cover a lot of things as a beginning.... and the dealer covering that warranty would be the last place I'd want to have it inspected.

And too busy? What's that all about....
agree somethings wrong, red flag is up, no inspection...no sale
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Move on, tell him why, if he reconsiders, take it from there......
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Your OP didn't indicate the model. Could this be a chassis with OEM trailing arms still on it? If so, that's a big ticket item. If not, things may be fine but I agree with others. No inspection, no deal!
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I would not buy one of these things without a prebuy inspection.
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