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Old 05-03-2009, 09:03 PM   #1
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Trade-in procedures

Will be trading up to a new Monaco next week. This will be our first trade-in. We do not know what to expect. Any ideas on how extensive the dealer will be looking at our coach? They have agreed to trade-in our coach based upon our description and pictures. They have not seen the coach yet. I have pampered it and it is in very good condition. Having never traded-in before, I am curious, will they go over our coach in a very detailed manner trying to uncover anything they can find or will it be more of an overview review of the coach?

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Probably depends on the dealer. We traded a gas on a used diesel. Made the deal without dealer seeing trade. Once he saw the outside of the coach, which was clean and straight, the only thing he checked was climbing the ladder to give the roof a quick look. Traded that DP for a new one a few years later at the same dealer. He said he still had the pictures in his file from when we bought, so we made the deal on the phone. As far as I know, he never even looked at the coach when we brought it in, at least not that I saw. If you've been straight with the dealer and trust him, I wouldn't worry.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:06 AM   #3
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Thanks for sharing your experience. With this being an orphan purchase (Monaco), I'm going to be very detailed on my inspection before finishing the transaction. This got me thinking how thorough of an inspection do dealers perform on trade-ins.
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We have traded twice and both times the dealers saw the trade first. First time was at Lazy Days and it was very professional. They had someone recheck the systems and outside of our trade (took about 30 minites) while we went through a 3 hour walk through of our new to us coach.

Second dealer was less organized and did not even go in the trade whe we took delivery and their PDI left some rough edges. It was a Beaver dealer that was dropped the day Monaco purchased them.
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My experience has been that the dealers consider the used coaches as numbers out of the Blue Book. When considering the trade-in value, I have been asked if the coach is in "good condition", otherwise they have not seen the used coach until I bring it in to move our stuff from the old coach to the new coach. That will take three full days, so arrange with the dealer to have a quiet place in the lot to do the move. Be sure the new matress in the new coach is the one listed on the build sheet.

Also, I found that the dealers do not care that you added $10,000 worth of really cool stuff to your coach. So make a point to take out any add-on that you can install in the new coach. Also, the new coach will probably be missing electrical adapters, dump hose fittings, etc., so take all of that from your old coach. I saw my old 2005 Admiral for sale about a month later and they had taken off and cleaned out everything that I had left for the new owner.
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We must all remember that as owners we probably have emotional ties to our units. They are our babies. Dealers do not look at a MH as a posession. It is simply a piece of equipment. They use the Blue book or NADA and that is how the price is established. Not only do they not consider the fact that you pampered her or that you added a bunch of stuff, most do not even take into account the options! They will however look for warts that might negatively affect the value. In today's market place they might not even be paying the Book price.
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