When looking to buy a new recreational vehicle think about what you would do if you were going to purchase a new car.
For one, it isn’t very advisable to be too excited and agree to a deal right off the bat. Likewise, you wouldn’t want to buy from the very first local dealership – you need to make a compare between dealership first. Don’t make a purchase if you don’t know how much a vehicle is really worth.
If buying a recreational vehicle is like going to war, then you’ll need to have an arsenal of information with you when you go out to buy. My friend, we are talking about a lot of cash and you don’t want to see it go to waste. Recreational Vehicle dealers, by nature, are always looking to make as much profit as they could from each sale. They are looking to earn a sizeable commission, so they would want to up the prices by not selling at the recommended price.
There are many sites online that can be a help to you with finding the actual MSRP (manufacturers suggested retail price) of a new recreational vehicle. Recreational Vehicle dealers, like car dealers, buy their vehicles wholesale due to the number they buy, they have a fairly wide profit margin generally 15% to 35%. The dealer would purchase their vehicles at a price with incentives, and the dealer price, likewise, would be higher to ensure a good profit margin as discussed above.
Comparing prices is just as important with the recreational vehicle as it is with cars, so make sure you compare at least three dealers. Take your time when shopping, and after asking yourself (and the dealers) several questions so you can make the most of this hundred thousand-dollar investment. There may be different prices depending on the region or dealership you purchase from.
Don’t become attached to any one recreational vehicle. This is a deal that could cost you a hundred thousand dollars or even more, so this is not the time for any sentimental hokum that result in a bad decision. Remember, this is a new vehicle, and if you bypass this one the factory can always build another exactly like it.
Your data gathering wouldn’t be complete without checking into after sales service for the dealers of your choice. A lot of dealers will be eating out of your hand if you seem like a sure buyer, but won’t give you the time of day once the purchase is complete. Ask other people you know who may be RV owners and see if you can get some information from the Better Business Bureau. But if you don’t know anybody else who owns an RV, then there are several forums and blogs on this subject that could be of help.