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Old 09-14-2005, 11:59 AM   #1
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I am currently negotiating with several dealers on the internet for a new coach. All of these dealers offer a price for my trade in, sight unseen. I have asked these folks what guarantee do I have that your quote is whaT you are going to give me when the new coach gets delivered. What prevents you from saying that the carpet needs replacing for instance and that the offer needs to be re-worked. With a non-refundable deposit, the dealer has one by the short ones. They all reply that they don't do that. However, everyone knows how to tell when an RV sales person is lying. When their lips are moving, of course.
My question is -has anyone purchased on the internet with a trade and have this issue addressed, occur, solved?
Appreciate any thoughts.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:59 AM   #2
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I am currently negotiating with several dealers on the internet for a new coach. All of these dealers offer a price for my trade in, sight unseen. I have asked these folks what guarantee do I have that your quote is whaT you are going to give me when the new coach gets delivered. What prevents you from saying that the carpet needs replacing for instance and that the offer needs to be re-worked. With a non-refundable deposit, the dealer has one by the short ones. They all reply that they don't do that. However, everyone knows how to tell when an RV sales person is lying. When their lips are moving, of course.
My question is -has anyone purchased on the internet with a trade and have this issue addressed, occur, solved?
Appreciate any thoughts.
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Old 09-14-2005, 01:12 PM   #3
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i have a dozen trucks at my shop, i go through them quick (125,000 miles each per year) and want to minimalize any unnecessary time spent at dealerships or any arguing while there.

first of all, you mention a "non-refundable' deposit. I didn't know they could do that, unless RV's are different.
When i order in a truck that will take weeks to make, and a tradein is part of the deal, i :

1. negotiate price of new truck
2. THEN and only then, negotiate value of tradein with guaranteed price. I have had a dealership say that they would guarantee it pricewise in writing (on the purchase agreement) BUT give me a maximum mileage allowance for the next month or so. In other words, they don't want me to drive to and from Maine a handful of times in the next few weeks.

This relationship between me and the dealer works out with no surprises, ...
EXCEPT for those words you used: non-refundable deposit.
I would revert back to what i do, have them sign something, and have the language of that note reference your now refundable deposit if you don't get the price quoted for your inspected vehicle.
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my sentiments exactly. when I questioned one of these dealers about building in some safeguards on the "non- refundable"issue they thanked me and told me to take my business elsewhere. I will do that.
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Old 09-14-2005, 06:13 PM   #5
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I did just that last July. I traded in my 1999 HR Vacationer for a new Vacationer--over the phone. Just to be on the safe side, I made a video of my MH and sent it to the dealer and told them if they had any questions, to let me know before I travel from Florida to New York. I saved over $10,000 ($10,000 less than one dealer and $12,000 less than another Florida dealer) by doing this. Super people to deal with. No suprises everything went exactly as planned. My salesman was "Mayor" Ron at Colton RV in Buffalo New York. s/Toby
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Old 09-15-2005, 06:54 AM   #6
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Now a mute point. Monaco is taking at least 12 weeks to deliver an ordered coach. We are now going to have to find one on a lot equipped as we desire. The purchase and trade in will take place simultaneously. CASE CLOSED.
What do you think the 12 week minimum build time means? They are so swamped with orders they can't keep up? or they have layed off some folks?
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I, and it seems like 10 other families in the ToyHaulers area who have ordered new rigs lately, have just waited 8 weeks for a new trailer to be built. I was a little surprisd too. And we all know that 8 weeks can easily mean either 7 or 9.

So Monaco is quoting 12?? Doesn't seem to much different then what i just waited through. The one thing i considered is, once i find the quality manufacturer i want to trust, i'll give them the time they need to do the job.

Plus i'll bet that Katrina hasn't helped quick delivery at all. I'll bet anything that a few displaced families are in que on Monaco's production schedule ahead of you.

Good luck on your search. Good name brand you picked out too.
Keep us posted with how your looking goes,
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