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Old 07-24-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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I have heard through the ages that buying a "new" used coach is a good idea because the depreciation has depreciated and one can get a much better deal than new. What does everyone think about that concept?
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I bought my 2007 DP (with 2200 miles on the clock) for $125,000 under the original sale price.
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Would never buy brand new. Buying used gets more rv for the buck and most if not all of the manufactured problems are already fixed. Jmho....
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If no one purchased a new motorhome, there would be no used motorhomes and therefore, no manufacturers. Hmmmmm.
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I have heard through the ages that buying a "new" used coach is a good idea because the depreciation has depreciated and one can get a much better deal than new. What does everyone think about that concept?
It can be a good deal, or you could be buying someone's "lemon".
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Or, you could buy a brand new lemon.
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They all depreciate, new ones a little more the first few years. However, MH are not investments there entertainment expenses (unless your full time in which there a depreciating mobile home).
You'll find lots of view points on this subject. Some will say they will never buy new and that there are always big problems with new. Others will say just the opposite, why buy some one else's problems, there getting rid of of it for a reason. Both have some level of validity.
I can only tell you why I bought new. I knew very little about MHs and I wanted the security of a warranty on new. Not just the chassis and coach but all the appliances and special equipment that make up a very complicated rolling residence. In addition, new typically has newer technology and more amenities built in as standard.
We have had two new MH and once the punch lists were completed at the dealer we have had very few problems. You are going to spend a lot of money and should get exactly what you want. If there is a used "just what I always wanted" then great, if not consider new.
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Or you buy a gently used rig and if you feel you need the security of a warranty you purchase (not from the dealer) an extended warranty from some place like Wholesale Warranties.
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Or you buy a gently used rig and if you feel you need the security of a warranty you purchase (not from the dealer) an extended warranty from some place like Wholesale Warranties.
After I investigated Wholesalewarranties.com and discovered the complaints listed at the BBB, I bought one elsewhere.
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One needs to take into consideration the price paid for the coach new. Figure 25 to 30% off MSRP would be a good ballpark. From there you could approximate what one should pay for the coach a year or three old. An example might be if the coach MSRP was $400K. The original buyer paid around $300K. A year or three old the coach may now be worth $150K to $250K depending on condition.
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I bought new and it was the best "mistake" I ever made.
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We have bought new each time (three times). We are happy and not concerned with the depreciation. The key point is to buy the features that you want.
If you buy new be sure to negotiate the price. Look for some guidelines on this site. I agree that it is likely you will be able to get somewhere around 20-30% off MSRP and/or have some additional desired features like extra solar panel installed for free to sweeten and move the deal along.
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I've never bought new, mostly because it was out of my range, but being patience I've come across really good coaches 3 times now. I'm mechanically inclined and a Jack of all Trades , master of none, so I know who/how/why to ask about a coaches condition etc. Not everyone is in the same boat so I can see it can go both ways....now if I was to win the Powerball !
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First three were used and then went to the local RV show 2 years ago to just "look" around. Found a super deal on a nice Grey Wolf, craiglisted mine and sold it in two weeks. Due to hail damage on the new after 3 months we moved up to a bigger unit, 2012 leftover, and got a good deal, same dealer. Went to the past RV show and they were throwing out some awful good deals. Especially on the last day. Numbers game. If you can find a good used one at a good price go for it. Only if you like it, though. Our latest one is about as close to exactly what we wanted as possible. As one poster stated, now if I win the lottery............
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