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Old 05-19-2016, 12:13 PM   #1
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Is this "normal"?

So, we are in the midst of trying to come to a deal with the local dealer for a 154BH Baja. We are using Costco Auto program and got a good price, but the dealer was trying to charge a PDI fee of 695. The Costco auto program told me that there should NOT be a PDI (plus, it states in the Jayco Owners Manual that it is the dealers responsibility to do a PDI). Anyways, I get a call from the GM at the dealership today saying that it isn't a PDI fee, he was calling it a "camp ready" fee. Regardless, I have it in Email that the salesman called it a PDI fee. Is this normal, or is this dealership trying to pull one on us? We are getting a very god price, but it is a bit concerning that they are just calling it different things to get around it. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:19 PM   #2
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My dealer did not charge for this. However what they did was not even a PDI. Fast run through that nobody new would be able to remember. Camp ready is BS. They are trying to cover to get more of your money. I would tell them see ya until they take charge off. If it says no PDI then no PDI. Tell them you will take care of being "camp ready" yourself.

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Old 05-19-2016, 12:20 PM   #3
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I would find out what's included in that fee. I know when we bought ours they wanted to sell us a "go camp package" which included sewer hose some electrical adapters a battery and full propane tanks along with some other things but we turned that stuff all down because we already had it all, and I wasn't going to spend that much just for a battery and propane.

We didn't get charged any fee for them to get the camper ready for us to pick up, that should be part of their customer service in making sure you are getting a fully operational and functional unit when you pick it up.
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Old 05-19-2016, 01:07 PM   #4
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Its a shell game. Some add it to the price but do not disclose it, others call it the prep fee or PDI fee. Still others do not charge it at all.
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Old 05-19-2016, 01:23 PM   #5
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Accept $0.00 in add-on fees.


The process to deliver a ready-to-camp unit already on the lot is part of the dealer's cost of doing business.
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When we got ours, I was all prepared to tell them to stuff it if they mentioned a PDI fee. But not a word about it, and I couldn't see it on the paperwork anywhere. So there are still honest dealers out there. Or maybe it was because they knew that we were already 3.5 hours out of our way to buy from them, so they did their best not to lose the deal.
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:42 PM   #7
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No extra fees on our purchase either and the dealer still included all the usual trinkets to be "camping ready". Full propane, battery, plug adaptor, 20ft sewer hose etc.

x2 on Crabman's comment.

Could be the dealer's MO. Every business needs to make a certain margin to cover costs and keep the lights on. If they wont waive the PDI fee then I would look at the all-in price and forget about how its broken down. If they are still lower than the next guy then a good deal is a good deal no matter how you slice it.
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So, we are in the midst of trying to come to a deal with the local dealer for a 154BH Baja. We are using Costco Auto program and got a good price, but the dealer was trying to charge a PDI fee of 695. The Costco auto program told me that there should NOT be a PDI (plus, it states in the Jayco Owners Manual that it is the dealers responsibility to do a PDI). Anyways, I get a call from the GM at the dealership today saying that it isn't a PDI fee, he was calling it a "camp ready" fee. Regardless, I have it in Email that the salesman called it a PDI fee. Is this normal, or is this dealership trying to pull one on us? We are getting a very god price, but it is a bit concerning that they are just calling it different things to get around it. Any input would be appreciated.
Call Costco and ask. They have a pretty strict vender agreement that they do not deviate from.
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Thanks for the feedback. I was just looking at overall price and what we were comfortable with, since it is a good deal...but the fact that it was called a PDI, then later changed to a Camp Ready fee just seemed weird. I am hoping to still get this trailer, I just want to feel comfortable with it.
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Our rig came with 2 batteries, full propane tanks and a very through PDI. I am sure it cost me but it was not in add-on fees.
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