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Old 01-11-2014, 08:33 AM   #1
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MSRP and trade-in value

We have been looking at 3 slided travel trailers including the Jayco 338RLTS. I stopped at a Forest River dealership to look at a Rockwood 8329SS. He gave me a quote at full MSRP minus trade-in value. If they discount MSRP, do they also discount trade-in value? His quote was $43,300-$24,800 [my Jayco]=$18,500 + tax. I think I can do better than that. Just wondering what others have experienced. Thanks, Terry
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:39 AM   #2
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It really depends on what you are trading in, I have always negotiated the price of each one separately, so you can get close to what you want for each one
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:44 AM   #3
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That`s the issue when a trade is involved, what am I actually getting for MY trailer? Really the only way to know is get some quotes for that same unit without mentioning a trade so you see how much the unit is straight out (30% off MSRP is good). Then ask them what they would give you for yours if you decided to trade. From the quote you received at full MSRP, IMO they are not giving you much for your trailer and agree you can do much better.
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I dont care how much a dealer is asking or how much they offer me for my RV. All that matters to me is the difference that I have to pay. Let them worry about how much discount I get and how much my trade is worth.. if they dont have a final number that matches mine I move on.
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Expect min of 25% off MSRP to start and then talk about trade. You usually can sell the TT for more than the trade value after getting the best discount off of the dealer price. In the end, its the net out of pocket that's important, but the best deal thru a dealer is usually without a trade.

The key to the best deal is to go in willing to walk [or drive] off the lot and visit another dealer. Best deals will be online which usually will be a good distance away, but my advice is to at least have the online quote in hand before you walk on to a local dealers lot.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:24 AM   #6
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I dont care how much a dealer is asking or how much they offer me for my RV. All that matters to me is the difference that I have to pay. Let them worry about how much discount I get and how much my trade is worth.. if they dont have a final number that matches mine I move on.
But you have to know what YOUR number should be, so you need to do the research before you go in to acquire it. In the old days this info was not available to the public and you were at the mercy of the dealer, and that included autos. But with the invention of the internet the info available has given new powers to consumers. That power is knowledge.
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IMO...

- Its best to simplify the transaction as much as possible, its the only way I know to make sure you are getting a fair deal every part of the deal. If you are willing, make a solid attempt to sell your current TT private party first. My experience is a Private Party transaction will result in ~25% more to you vs Trade In.
- If you don't want to take the time to go theprivate part route that then negotiate the price of the new trailer with out mentioning a trade in first. Once you agree in principle on the new TT price then bring up trade in.
- If financing have that arranged in advance...if the dealer has a better offer take it, but this way you aren't subject to only what the dealer presents.

I just compelted a private party sale of my TT. I received 33% more than I was offered on a trade in against a new TT that I negotiated 27% off MSRP. I listed my TT on Craigs List on 12/1 -- sold 12/27. Fielded approx 7 calls/emails (more if you count the scams I deleted) and showed it on 5 occasions to 3 differnt families (2 families looked twice). I was shocked it sold so easily during the Holidays -- maybe I let it go to cheap :-)
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^^^Yeah the private sale will net you more money in most cases. I ordered our Jayco and immediately listed our old trailer for sale on CL thinking it would take a few months to sell. I sold it in one day, got exactly what I paid for it, (used when I purchased it) and had other serious inquires! That left us with no trailer until the new one came in but I was glad it sold so fast.
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Having just gone through this process yet again the personal sale will almost always net you more. Trade in value only saves you on sales tax if it applies in your state. That plus the trade in is where I put my number. The MSRP vs high trade in is a sale tactic and you are paying way too much IMHO. Agree with 25-35% off MSRP depending on year, lot stock or custom order.
Now shop your new unit(s) through another dealer and ask for the price before mentioning the old unit you still have. Let them work up the numbers for you. Most if not all dealers will respond to an e-mail request for pricing on a specific unit. After you get that number ask about your trade in value. Now you know what is the worst case scenario on your unit and where your bottom dollar sale is. Figure if you want to move your unit put the number somewhere in between the used dealer pricing avg and that trade in value. You will not get dealer sales prices due to it being private.

Every time I have done this it usually sold within a week or two. As CM stated, the internet is a powerful tool so use it to your advantage in both buying and selling.

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But you have to know what YOUR number should be, so you need to do the research before you go in to acquire it. In the old days this info was not available to the public and you were at the mercy of the dealer, and that included autos. But with the invention of the internet the info available has given new powers to consumers. That power is knowledge.
I agree Crabby. At least Nambarc has not jumped in saying to pay more that the asking price to ensure the dealer is around for a while...
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