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Old 07-31-2013, 11:35 AM   #1
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Motorhome trade up question

We currently have a Class A Winnebago 30b. We are looking for a diesel pusher, probably 34', 2 slides. I see much better private deals than we have seen at dealers. It leaves me at a loss on how to sell the Winnie, though. Any thoughts on what to expect if we sold to a dealer outright, or on consignment? A sale delay would mean a pretty big loan until it sells, so I'm torn on whether to trade at a dealer or buy and/or sell privately. Advice??
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:10 PM   #2
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You need to give yourself a chance at selling it yourself. You might be surprised. I'm sure you already know your going to get hosed by a dealer on a trade in. MH sales are increasing and people are looking. Give them an avenue to find you....Craig's list, newspapers, nickle nooks, consignments etc. Put the MH somewhere it will get sight exposure. If your Motorhomeitis becomes too over bearing the dealer will always take it in on trade.....then you just bite the bullet and move on.
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use the same media as the ones you want to buy are using.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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I would at least try and work a trade at one of the bigger dealers. If you can't come to terms you can always walk away and do the "sell it myself" thing. There are two main advantages of trading;
1. It is a lot simpler.
2. Sales tax. Depending on your state you will pay sales tax on the difference between the trade and new one. If you sell the current you will pay sales tax on the full amount of the new.
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A dealer won't give you more than wholesale, probably even low wholesale. You will be appalled! Remember, tho, he expects & needs to resell it at a substantial mark-up, so his price to you has to be low.

Sell it yourself. If you don't want the hassle, put it on a consignment lot like PPL Motorhomes. But be aware that a private buyer is going to be looking for the same low price that attracted you to the private sale market.
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How much will you be paying in sales tax if you sell it yourself and buy the new one without a trade. You can deduct the difference in sales tax directly from the top. If you shop several dealers, even from outside your immediate area, you might still be surprised at the differences in trade and selling price. I personally would save the hassles and try to find a dealer willing to work with you. Plus if the dealer knows you are shopping several dealers they will negotiate.

The other thing to consider, how much do you trust the person you sell your coach to. Cashier's checks can be forged quite easily. There are a lot of con artists out there wanting your hard earned dollars. Be very careful on how you are paid in a private sale!
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