Buying from a consigment dealer???
We’re considering purchasing an ’08 HR Admiral 33SFS on a W22 chassis (paying cash). We’ve found out (via the great help from the IRV2 site) the brake caliper and fuel tank recalls have been performed. The MH has less than 20K miles and seems to be fitted with most of the options offered in 2008. It has new tires with matching date codes (2012). The MH is being offered through a consignment dealer. We don’t expect to get any post sale service from him.
To set the stage: We live in northern NH where name-brand dealers are far and few between and are small. The local Winnebago dealer (1/2 hour drive) has only 3 new MH’s and 9 used MH’s in stock. The local Camping World dealer has 1 new MH and 2 or 3 used MH’s in stock. Neither dealer has what we are looking for in stock. We prefer to buy locally if possible (local for us is within a 75 mile radius) for service.
Our dilemma: We’ve only had one MH (1991 Class A Rockwood, bought about 6 years ago from a nice older couple) and several TT. I do my own work on all my RV’s & cars (I grew up in a gas station and am a degreed Mechanical Engineer). We would feel comfortable buying from a brand-name dealer, but not so much from the consignment dealer (this dealer has about 20 Class A, B, & C’s in inventory). How should we buy from the consignment dealer? What contractual details should we include? What percent deposit should we give? If the owner has a loan, how do we get the title? Because of our “remote” location, getting a qualified technician to perform an inspection may be difficult (I should be able to inspect most systems---I hope.). We probably have many other questions and issues that may come up, based on your feedback.
We also hope responses from this inquiry will help other potential owners when buying from a consignment dealer.
Thanks for helping us out.
Fran & Mary