Originally Posted by Kim Gass
Depends on what you mean by local.. The price 250 miles away was less. But what good is that when you want service?. In New England a five hundred mile day is a big deal east to west across two major mountain ranges.
You have to factor in the fuel cost to get the RV to the dealer for work. In our case there is no Jayco dealer to the east till you get out of the USA.
I guess what I meant was that it seems like a common theme is "I got a better price 500 miles away so I didn't buy local and now my local dealer won't service me" . I'm curious how the negotiation with the "local" dealer would have went if they thought you lived 500 miles away during the purchase process... would that effect the negotiated price?
I too understand that you have to consider lots of variables when determining value and there is a lot of value in purchasing a RV local. I'm fortunate in that I have a long-term relationship with a dealer who understands my expectations both before and after the sale. I in turn understand his business model, the type of customer he wants to do business with, and I respect his time. It's a two way street. After 20 years of doing business with the same dealer I didn't really search to hard on my current purchase. Of course I did my due dilligence to see what market was for my rig, but the dealers first offer was fair and reasonable.
I guess so many people approach this like they are buying a ford, chevy, dodge where there are hundreds of dealerships competing for business (service) in a relatively small area. The conundrum is after they realize that model doesn't quite fit, they have a major problem (as many RV's can have) and their world is ruined because the local dealer is backlogged for weeks if not months. Trust me, I spend a lot of time at my dealer, their tech's are busy seven days a week and every bay is full. I think that is the hardest part for people new to the RV world to understand is that the backlog is real, it's not an attempt to punish anybody, it's just business and at least they were up front in attempting to explain the price difference up front. Granted it may not be very tactful to say if you don't purchase here your last on the list... but at least they were forwarned.
At that point, as you said, each person has to evaluate the price and do their own risk assesment.
This whole discussion just got me thinking.... what if the dealer thought I was from 500miles away....would that affect the offered price, if he thought he was never going to see you again... (rvonline... rvwholesalers... etc)