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Old 08-09-2017, 08:58 PM   #21
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"The difference between the local dealer and the Internet dealer was exactly $14,000. Yes, you heard correctly, FOURTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS! No small change."
I think the local dealer made the decision for you. He doesn't want to sell you the unit.
For $14,000 I'd drive to the internet dealer too.
Congratulations, decision process is over!
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:29 PM   #22
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2 years ago, we decided to make a trip to Michigan from Southern Illinois to look at a Seneca at MH2GO ( Motor Homes To Go ) in Grand Rapids. They had the best price and the best selection, 5 out of 6 models on display plus many other Class A's, B's and other Super C's. Bought from them 2 months later.

We've never regretted it. A little bit of a drive for warranty service, but we've only been there twice and we also love to travel. That's why we bought it. And besides, I'll put there work up against anyone's. Had it there in June for a set of awnings on all the windows and a change to a stove with a real oven. Beautiful work!

Go for the deal that feels right and do your research, it pays off.
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Old 08-09-2017, 11:15 PM   #23
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Don't let the dealers BS you. They know as well as we do that it's a national market. You see their rigs on RV trader? You think they refuse a buyer cause their out of state? It works both ways. They'll service your rig. They have payroll to make. Preferential treatment is an illusion. I got my rig 37% off MSRP. I had to drive it 2000 miles, but it was worth it. Ebay motors is the largest seller worldwide in automobiles, and in the US 80% of the transactions are across state lines. It's just the way it is thanks to the internet.
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Old 08-10-2017, 09:18 AM   #24
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Don't let the dealers BS you. They know as well as we do that it's a national market. You see their rigs on RV trader? You think they refuse a buyer cause their out of state? It works both ways. They'll service your rig. They have payroll to make. Preferential treatment is an illusion. I got my rig 37% off MSRP. I had to drive it 2000 miles, but it was worth it. Ebay motors is the largest seller worldwide in automobiles, and in the US 80% of the transactions are across state lines. It's just the way it is thanks to the internet.
Absolutly agree!! It is a national market and the smaller dealers are at a distinct disadvantage due to small volume, delivery costs, and limited market. Sorry but that is the way of the world thanks to the hi tech world. Hate it for "Home town" RV but I'm spending my hard earned money and where it makes sense I will buy where I get the best price. Warrantee work may be needed 2 or 3 times but many never see a dealer after the sale. I saved up a list of mostly small items and scheduled a trip to the dealer at the end of the 2 year warrantee. It was not the dealer where I bought the TT and service was excellent and they were easy to work with. I even got a quote from the same dealer but bought on-line for a 35% savings.
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:07 AM   #25
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I took a second look at the price differences between the two local dealers and the Out-of State/Internet dealer we ended up buying from. Earlier in this thread I said it was $5,000 but upon closer examination and truly comparing Apples to Apples it was more. Here is how it worked out:
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Dealer A: Early 2017 model with only one AC Unit Out the door price with tax title & trade $7,000 more.
Dealer B: Later 2017 model w/some of the newer features like in the 2018 model. Out the Door $8,200 more.
If you were to factor in the difference between a 2017 versus 2018 model year that difference would increase.

Also after the warranty is up then I would be willing to bet the local dealers would be more than happy to work on your RV and take your money.
Good, Bad, or Indifferent the electronic age is here to stay and Internet sales will only get bigger, look at Amazon or even E-Bay for that matter.

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Old 08-10-2017, 10:54 AM   #26
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One might ask where did my $11,000 difference between local and distant dealers come from? Both dealers presented me with a "cash price" and a "trade-in allowance." It split almost exactly down the middle. Distant dealer's cash price was ~$5,500 lower, and their trade-in allowance was ~$5,500 higher. My 2014 Melbourne 29D trade-in had been sold and serviced by the local dealer - not that that meant anything!
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:11 AM   #27
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Our difference was $750 and a ten hour drive. As that is not an easy drive (east west across New England) and gas and overnight. We went local. We other nearest dealers are all in Canada

Indiana would be ideal. It's a 20 hour one way drive for us
Whether or not to buy local depends on where you are, the number of dealers and how much money is at stake.
Our next bigger unit will be local too. We've developed a relationship with our family owned dealership and like family farms that are local we like to support them
No big repairs. But the dealer is open to phone calls when we seek advice
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:35 PM   #28
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Purchasing Locally....

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"The local Jayco dealer (he sells trailers almost exclusively) couldn't come close to the price that I paid."
I assume you are talking about WES Trailer Sales. I have got to say in their defense that my wife and I went to Hershey 3 years ago and struck a good deal with a show dealer on a 2015 Greyhawk 29MV. The next day we called WES and asked if they would match the deal - they said yes!
I have been very happy with both the motorhome and the dealer
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:47 PM   #29
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I live in the Albany, NY area, about 10 miles from Albany RV. I bought my current 5er from Fretz RV in Souderstown, PA while attending the RV Show in Hershey, PA.

I know get my unit happily serviced at yet another Jayco dealer, Seven O's outside of Syracuse, NY, almost 140 miles from my house. Not because Albany RV won't or can't do the service, but because I've been screwed by them twice, and I wouldn't trust them to do anything correctly...
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I live in the Albany, NY area, about 10 miles from Albany RV. I bought my current 5er from Fretz RV in Souderstown, PA while attending the RV Show in Hershey, PA.

I know get my unit happily serviced at yet another Jayco dealer, Seven O's outside of Syracuse, NY, almost 140 miles from my house. Not because Albany RV won't or can't do the service, but because I've been screwed by them twice, and I wouldn't trust them to do anything correctly...
We have seen this time and time again about dealers, the moral being just because a dealer is close or local does not mean they are good. If you can save several grand driving I say go for it. The way these things depreciate if you over pay initially you are really underwater on the value as opposed to getting 30+ % off ACTUAL MSRP, not a dealer inflated MSRP.
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