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Old 11-21-2009, 07:12 PM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a used Endeavor or Diplomat coach in the next few months. As I look at ads on the Internet, I gotta wonder: is there an advantage to buying through a dealer (who doubtless needs a profit margin) to buying a coach from a private individual? One can get a warranty through Good Sam's or the like, right?
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No advantage to buy from dealer and yes you can get an extended warranty/insurance policy/service contract. In many cases, it is a dis-advantage to buy from a dealer (increased cost, poor service and less than desirable coaches).
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Are you buying outright or do you have a RV to dispose of in place of the new one? If you're buying outright, you will get a much better deal and usually a lot more for your money with a private party sale versus a dealer. If you have a RV to dispose of, you will generally be better off with doing the deal with a dealer and trading your old one in for the new one. It will take a bit of horse trading but these RV's are moving slow right now with the economy so bad that most dealers are willing to listen to any deal offered. I bought my most recent RV home through a private party and got a GREAT deal. Almost half price and it was only 2 years old at the time, however it took me years to sell off my 36 ft. Airstream Landyacht and when I did, I had to take the loan on it. When and if the time comes to dispose of my RV home, it will definitely be through a dealer as I don't want to go through that again.
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We will be buying outright.

Is the Internet the best place to look?

What kinds of channels do private parties use? When I google I generally get dealers, not private parties.
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try rvtrader.com . Once you have done plenty of homework in the area and have an idea as to what you want and get some final selections lined up, make preparations to have a qualified RV tech be ready to do an inspection for you, if you buy from a private party.
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I found mine on Ebay. I bought it for half of the value. I took a big chance flying 1063 miles to pick it up but it was well worth it. If you shop on Ebay you can also check nearest first.
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We also got ours on E-Bay. We had a few things we had to fix or replace, but that would be true if from a dealer. We also saved close to 35%% off of NADA low retail.

A good deal on E-Bay is about NADA wholesale.
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Hi,

I'm looking to buy a used Endeavor or Diplomat coach in the next few months. As I look at ads on the Internet, I gotta wonder: is there an advantage to buying through a dealer (who doubtless needs a profit margin) to buying a coach from a private individual? One can get a warranty through Good Sam's or the like, right?
Try these guy's and read all of the testimonials, they are the #1 Monaco / HR dealer in the US and I can tell you that no one could beat there price, and they are the best sales people that I have ever delt with. (Honest, I do not work for them) they are just good guy's.

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If you are lucky enough to find a nice rig offered by a private party at a reasonable price, go for it. I haven't found any "deals" from private sellers. Most of the vehicles I have looked at have been priced way over NADA Average Retail and the sellers won't budge. There are to many that are upside down with their loan.With a dealsership, you can expect that they need to make a profit and the profit will vary on how much they want to sell the coach. Ask to see the 2009 NADA Recreation Appraisal Guide's Dealer Wholesale. I would expect dealers would try to get between 5% and 15% above wholesale.If the dealer doesn't have an Appraisal Guide, go to your local library and look up any models that you are interested in.
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What year Endeavor you looking for???
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IF I do the HR, I'd want an SFT, ideally a 2007 or 2008 with low mileage. We are also seriously considering Monaco Diplomat SFT 40' only, Country Coach Allure sunset '37, and Foretravel 40' models with a minimum of 2 slides. I am thinking that if we're going to go full time, we should strongly consider tag axles, but I only want a maximum length of 40'. Those are my parameters. Any comments or advice are MOST welcome!
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Turbo Turtle,

I agree with Hardy1000's selection of DiMartini. I've talked with him on the phone but have never finalized a deal. Also, when I was seriously perusing the internet for private party deals, I used the following web search results which lists a bunch of different locations where people lists their RV's.

Try this link:

Google Directory - Shopping*>*Classifieds*>*Automotive*>*Recreational *Vehicles

Good luck!
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Your best buy will probably be from a dealer. Individuals think their units are worth more than they are actually worth and a lot of people are upside down on their loans and they are looking for a bailout. Dealers do need to keep some money coming in to pay bills and are willing to negotiate especially if you have cash.
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