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Old 04-11-2016, 08:31 PM   #1
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Rookie asking about Warranties

We are looking buying our first RV. We are interested in a Coachmen Concord 300DS. We are looking at a dealership who is offering a "Lifetime RV Warranty" at no cost. Looking into this from the dealership website, it appears, if I follow their instructions, they will pay for everything. Being new to all of this I am wondering if anyone has any advice with this type of warranty versus an extended warranty?

We have received advice that an extended warranty is advisable. Any suggestions or advice?

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I have never had one of those that you are talking about but have talked to a few dealers that offer them and did some research as we almost bought from a dealer that had that package.

Seems that basically the dealer buys the warranty for you, but they do require that regular maintenance be done to the RV by the dealer. So they make their money back via the maintenance fees.

I think it all depends on how you plan to maintain your rig. If you plan on having the dealer do all of the maintenance anyways then why not say okay to it as it is basically free. If you are a DIYer it may be cheaper for you to continue to DIY your maintenance and buy your own third party warranty.

May also be worth shopping for some third party warranties to see how they compare. Our third party warrant for our rig was a little more then I planned on spending but covers more then any other warranty I saw, since we full time in our rig I figure the odds are we might put decent wear and tear on the rig and so we went for it.

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Old 04-13-2016, 03:37 AM   #3
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There is no free lunch - they just built that into the selling price.

Is it only good at the selling dealer? Suppose you are away from home when something breaks?
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Old 04-13-2016, 04:42 AM   #4
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Man I would a have Philadelphia lawyer look at that contract. Who's Life Time, your's our theirs ? Would seem offering a true life time warranty to all buyers would put you out of business pretty fast. just sayn
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:23 AM   #5
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I was at the Charlotte RV show and a sales guy told me about the lifetime warranty. As I recall it did require annual inspections ( a good idea ) and and a finite list of what was covered. Since its included, if you like the brand, floor plan, dealer, and price then go for it.
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:07 AM   #6
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Well this post is all for nothing. Actually met with the salesperson (with "twenty years of experience") yesterday. I know I am a rookie at buying a RV and I thought I was dealing with a rookie when he basically started saying things to the effect of "these are the tires, they are black and round" I was not impressed. The whole business was kind of "nasty." When he kept asking us for our bottom price, something he could work towards to earn our business, it got annoying. We found a rig we really liked and asked the salesman for a price. He left to talk to "his guy" and returned and in so many words stated they were not going to give us a price. Which my wife and I stated, "bye."

Yesterday, was a learning experience!! Oh by the way, he did say the lifetime warranty was honored across the country, but only at authorized places and we would have to follow a book detailing required services on the rig.

I appreciate those of you who responded. I am learning and I am trying to gain information on "lifetime warranties" and extended warranties.


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