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Old 10-04-2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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Buying from a consigment dealer???

Hi All!

Were considering purchasing an 08 HR Admiral 33SFS on a W22 chassis (paying cash). Weve 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 dont 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 MHs and 9 used MHs in stock. The local Camping World dealer has 1 new MH and 2 or 3 used MHs 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: Weve 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 RVs & 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, & Cs 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

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Old 10-04-2012, 08:42 AM   #2
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Normally I would advise an inspection. However, you sound like you are qualified to do the inspection yourself.

I'd say just turn on everything that has a switch, inspect everything in every hold or hole, do a cylinder pressure check and vacuum check, Ect, and if everything checks out to YOUR satisfaction, go for it.


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Buy an extended warranty. But not necessarily the one the consignment dealer offers you.

We bought from a consignment dealer. I had to replace all 6 batteries within a few months and the windshield leaked rather badly. They hid the window leaks and told me the batteries would last another 5 years. Lesson learned. I should have had a tech look at it, and so should you.
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check everything as best you can, as if the warrantee lasts until the bumper clears the curb at the edge of their parking lot (cause it does)

title is a whole 'nother question...
Here's where a lil trust and faith will have to come to the table. You have to pay the consignment dealer in full. He all ready has an arrangement with the seller and the sellers lender (if there is one) and this will all take some time. The consignment dealer will be well versed in dealing with this.
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