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Merrykalia

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Posted: 09/23/13 01:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We live in a small community and we parked ours in a large commercial parking lot (with permission of owner) and sold it and had cash in my pocket within 48 hours. We showed it 3 times, but the 2nd showing was the one that showed up at our bank with the cash first.

I know this won't work in many places, but it is worked well for us.

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We listed our MH on RVTrader on a Tuesday and sold it the next day to a buyer who came from 3 hrs away. That day he looked at 3 MH's. Our MH was spotless clean both inside and out for its age. Everything was in top working order. We had all manuals as well as service and maintenance records available to the buyer to look at when he came. We sold our MH for what is was worth(researched price on NADA and what other similar MH's were selling for across the country and in our area)not overpricing it as most sellers do. He made a reasonable offer, I countered back somewhere in between and he accepted. It was a good deal for both of us. We then got to be on the other side of the deal and purchase our new to us MH that we have now. It really isn't as hard as people make it out to be, you just have to be realistic!! on both side of a deal. Good luck


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Slam the phone in their ear if they call you.



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As a constant shopper, some of the issues I see with private sellers are the lack of pictures and the quality of the shot. Also, many pictures are of items. Shots from back to front and front to back show what the actual layout is. If it is a motorhome over 100,000, I would hire a photographer to do it. No one wants to see your dish soap on the counter, or clothes hanging in the closet. And please, no pictures of yourself in the mirror taking the photo.

I went to Texas Trader in the Rio Grande Valley a few weeks ago. Units are on consignment. All of them were filthy, some smelled like smoke or cooked food. A good professional cleaning and detail is in order. JMHO


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Price it to sell or deal with the depreciation when it sits unsold.

Nada means exactly nada.


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2 things stand out here. NADA isn't even close to reality. And if it priced right it will sell. In other words if 10 people have the exact unit in the same condition the guy that has his priced lowest is likely to sell first.....The dealer asking more has the advantage of financing. He can get them the money they don't have and private sellers usually can't do that. We owned a used car lot years ago and around 1980 when the economy was bad I sold 30 cars in one month because no one in our area was even close to our low prices.

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Posted: 09/24/13 08:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

qtla9111 wrote:

As a constant shopper, some of the issues I see with private sellers are the lack of pictures and the quality of the shot. Also, many pictures are of items. Shots from back to front and front to back show what the actual layout is. If it is a motorhome over 100,000, I would hire a photographer to do it. No one wants to see your dish soap on the counter, or clothes hanging in the closet. And please, no pictures of yourself in the mirror taking the photo.

I went to Texas Trader in the Rio Grande Valley a few weeks ago. Units are on consignment. All of them were filthy, some smelled like smoke or cooked food. A good professional cleaning and detail is in order. JMHO


Yep, seen this too. Just for kicks I went through a Foretravel on consignment at my local dealer. FILTHY. Food on the counter, bathroom looked like it hadn't been cleaned in years and forget about the various experiements in the fridge. Despite the good price, 2 things immediately came to mind, one was wondering how I'd ever get it clean enough for our standards, and sencond, if these slobs couldn't clean a half a million dollar RV any better, what else has been neglected that you can't see?


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Posted: 09/24/13 02:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Every motorhome has a price it WILL sell at.....NADA can be a "ballpark" number but usually is too high if you are looking to sell your motorhome quickly. I've owned 6 coaches and sold 3 of them outright. I did alot of research to see what similar coaches where listed for and went with that as a starting point but on most of them I had to keep reducing. Once I hit that magic number....boom.....buyers started calling and buying.


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I have had great results selling a Class C and a Class A on Craigslist in the last few years. Post 8 good pictures with a good complete description of your motorhome including options, any upgrades you might have done and how you maintained it. Have another
25-50 pictures available to email prospective buyers.

There are scammers on Craigslist but most will be through email and they are not that hard to spot.

I always include my cell phone number in the ad and make them call or text if they want more info or pictures. When listing your phone number, always use this format: 817-22four-9265. When you use text for one of the numbers, it eliminates any computer generated text messages. Also add NO EMAILS right after the phone number information.

Typically if someone is really interested they won’t have a problem calling you and providing their email address for the additional pictures.

I typically meet them at my house and if they want to test drive, I go with them. On both of my units the first folks that test drove them bought them.

As far a pricing goes, NADA is a good starting point but very few sellers seem to be getting the NADA numbers in today’s market. Look online at Ebay and Craigslist to see what folks are asking for similar models and look at Ebay completed auctions to see what they are actually getting. If you are priced too high on Craigslist you won’t get any calls or emails. Get the price close to market value (not NADA) and the buyers will find you.

Both of my buyers paid with certified banks checks.

I just sold my BMW convertible on Craiglist recently and shipped it to Florida. Same deal, certified bank check deposited and cleared prior to sending title.

I have sold thousands of items on Ebay and hundreds on Craigslist without any issues or falling for any scams. Send me a message if you would like any more info on the process.

Hope this helps


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Posted: 09/24/13 04:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WOW!! I did not know that we would get so many really good bits of advice on selling. We would not have thought of some of them on our own. We thank everyone who responded. Our motorhome is now spotless inside and out and pictures will be taken this week.
Thank you everyone!

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