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Old 10-23-2009, 09:29 AM   #15
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Don't blame the Winnebago dealers.

Winnebago forbids it's dealers from posting a price other than MSRP for the current model year. So you won't see discounted pricing on new, current year, models.

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Old 10-23-2009, 10:13 AM   #16
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I presume the "call for price" tickler is so they can establish contact with a potential buyer ...they probably assume only a serious buyer will call. Of course, there is a huge variable in establishing the actuall selling "price". I would want to know the TRUE MSRP (not one created by the dealership after their add-ons), and use that as my starting point.
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:20 PM   #17
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Years ago an old banker told me about bankers and salesman golden rule.
He said those with the gold make makes the rules. I laughed and told him I agreed. The man doing the paying was the man with the gold!
It is no wonder so many dealerships of all types have problems. They play games. It may work with a clueless crowd. But most people are way past that crap by the time they get to 50. Some of us it didn't take that long.
I laugh every time I see any ad with call for pricing.
I think, hold your breath and see how long it takes for you to turn blue.

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Old 10-23-2009, 08:49 PM   #18
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Lazy Days, the largest RV dealer in the world (They say.) does this on new and used units. It is to get a contact on a potential buyer. Most tire kickers won’t bother to do it. Having a conversation with a potential buyer that these guys are trained to hone in on is golden. They spend lots of dollars to make that phone ring. It is just part of the RV business where big discounting on new and used is frequently done. It isn’t personal, just business. The car business used to be just as bad. Your goal is to get it as cheap as possible and their goal is to make you pay as much as possible. Everybody knows that going in. Even a lowball offer makes you think in terms of owning it and they work on that.
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Old 10-24-2009, 05:18 AM   #19
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In 2008 when I was looking for a mh and could not make up my mind, Lazy Days was one of my daily viewing. The prices where posted. I called on several of them and got an even better price. I was about to purchase when my wife found a mh from a private seller that I could not pass. ( That is another story. )
I believe the issue now is that the market is so unstable. The dealers are trying to move inventory without a loss and I understand that. I just don't see the point of not having a starting point posted. At least it gives the looker the option of "yes I can do this or no, I will look at something else. I hope that this industry survives this crazy time. Everything is upside down.
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Since 2001, every vehicle I've purchased has been over the Internet, working with the dealer's Internet sales manager. I've been quite satisfied with these transactions and have avoided the sales floor experience while getting a better price (yes, I've compared the sales floor price with the Internet price I already had in my pocket on a couple of occasions). In one case, I got an Internet discount of over $5,000 on a high-demand vehicle that the sales floor manager wouldn't budge off of MSRP.

Maybe the RV dealers who don't already take advantage of this tool will move into the 21st century someday.

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Old 10-24-2009, 07:28 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by RustyJC View Post
I got an Internet discount of over $5,000 on a high-demand vehicle that the sales floor manager wouldn't budge off of MSRP.

Is that the Edsel madame is driving?
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Old 10-24-2009, 07:33 AM   #22
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Is that the Edsel madame is driving?
No, it's my Yugo commuter car.

Actually, it was her Toyota Highlander Limited just after the new versions came out and were in short supply.

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