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Old 09-02-2012, 09:58 PM   #15
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I agree with know the market value in advance, and leave emotion out of it. I do not agree with making a lowball offer or 'it doesn't hurt to ask' because sometimes it does. If the unit is priced above market value there's nothing wrong with politely providing evidence of that to the seller but otherwise lowball offers will signal to the seller that you aren't really serious, or that you may be more trouble to deal with than the deal is worth. If the seller is desperate or the unit is in need of serious repair, etc., it may work... but if you are looking at a desirable rig then there will be other buyers and if you want the unit it's best to start with a fair offer. That's where you will probably end up anyway and it saves you looking like a jerk.
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:26 PM   #16
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I have heard of people purchasing a unit on line from a dealer out of state. depending on your state the sales tax can make a big differance is buying in or out of state.

If you can knock 5 to 10k off the price by buying out of state you can fly there and drive the unit home.

Good luck!!!!!
Don't you have to pay the sales tax of your state when you register it there?
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:32 PM   #17
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Don't you have to pay the sales tax of your state when you register it there?
See post # 10.
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:35 PM   #18
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See post # 10.
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However, here's where it gets tricky. Depending on where you live, your state's motor vehicle agency may require you to provide a receipt showing the sales tax you paid. If it's less than what you would have paid in your home state, you may have to pay the difference in order to get your license plates or title your car.

Which is true. Most states will insist that you end up paying your resident sales tax rate, one way or the other. Buying out-of-state will usually not save you any tax, unless you resort to some sort of subterfuge.
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I was reading advertisments in Motorhome about using Montana laws to avoid paying sales tax? I'm assuming that you'll need a Montana LLC but I'm not at that point right now - anyone know about those ads?
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:42 PM   #20
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A lot of good info here. I am looking to buy a used motorhome and depending on what I buy I may need to finance it through the local Credit Union.

While I was in there talking to them about interest rates, and length of term, etc. They informed me that if I provided them with the VIN number they would provide me with the NADA pricing.

So you might want to check with one of your local financial institutions to see if they could offer you the same service.
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You can search at the top of the page for that topic. States are getting more agressive in tracking down tax cheats. It would not be my choice, I enjoy sleeping with both eyes closed.
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:46 PM   #22
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When we bought our DP as a bank 'repo' the bank was asking $125K and book at that time was $149K. We offered $69K and they settled for $80K. It was late in the year, almost winter here, and they were out of state. I am sure that they did not want to hold it for one more year. It had a couple minor issues but nothing that was not easily fixed.
Look around as there are some really good deals out there.
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All states handle sales tax differently. Some charge out of state buyers sales tax, some don't.

Some states give credit for out of state sales tax paid, some don't.

There's no standard rule.
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Good points here !
Tremendous buyers market with these items -
a hiccup in the middle east or the wrong election results and fuel prices will double...

As stated - know what you want - find it elsewhere and get them to match it -
(on edit - these guys are marking them down www.mhsrv.com )
give time to compare BEFORE you buy - and
never say THIS is NICE !!! in front of the salesmen ! I have to reign in the DW every time we go to get something she wants as she is such a sweet person she blurts it out everytime
always show 'studied disinterest / indifference' and say
'we may get it if you can do better with ...'

like extended warranty or mant. or sat system or whatever options you may want in the future... they can give it to you at cost at that point !

but in the end, if you are comfortable with the price and unit and promise not to compare after the fact, go for it !!!
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When we bought our DP as a bank 'repo' the bank was asking $125K and book at that time was $149K. We offered $69K and they settled for $80K. It was late in the year, almost winter here, and they were out of state. I am sure that they did not want to hold it for one more year. It had a couple minor issues but nothing that was not easily fixed.
Look around as there are some really good deals out there.
Sounds like you got a sweet deal.

Just curious but where did you find the bank repo?

Did you purchase it outright or did the bank arrange for financing?
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Sounds like you got a sweet deal.

Just curious but where did you find the bank repo?

Did you purchase it outright or did the bank arrange for financing?
A friend attends these auctions on a regular basis. We went through a credit union here that we belong to.
Yes we did get a very good deal, and have enjoyed it a lot.
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We purchased our 2003 pace arrow at a local repo auction. Based on research before the auction we determined the value to be about $75k. We were the high bidder at 45k. Outbid the local Camp World dealer. Find a local repo auction and check on a regular bases what they have on the lot. Many have web sites with the items listed.
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We purchased our 2003 pace arrow at a local repo auction. Based on research before the auction we determined the value to be about $75k. We were the high bidder at 45k. Outbid the local Camp World dealer. Find a local repo auction and check on a regular bases what they have on the lot. Many have web sites with the items listed.
Keep in mind when you buy at auction, what you see is what you get. There are some good deals to be had but once you buy the is no recourse, all units come with a 50/50 warranty (if it breaks both halfs are yours).
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