The Efficient Way of
Trading in Your RV
This page gives you the easy steps in preparing you and your RV to maximize the value of your trade-in.
The Efficient Way of Trading in Your RV…Step 4
Considerations of the Dealership...
Set these expectations for yourself…
So, you made your list in Step 1.
You’ve cleaned and repaired your RV in Step 2.
And you’ve researched the trade in value of your RV in Step 3.
Step 4…it is more of a mindset. A business mindset and looking into what the RV dealership has to do when they consider taking your RV in on trade.
Now, there are three inescapable facts…
And…all RV dealerships has to invest money into your RV once they take it in on trade.
One of those investments is going through the dealership’s shop to be inspected and tested. All RV’s has to meet all state and federal safety requirements before it can be sellable to the public. That includes a rigorous testing of the RV’s liquid propane (LP) system, checking of the trailer brakes (if applicable) and motors and generators (again, if applicable). Safety inspections are a needed expense and mandatory by law. The good news is that if a dealership doesn’t have to pony up the $1,500 in parts and labor to repair the sheet metal that you repaired in Step 2 then that’s $1,500 that can go to your trade.
Another investment the dealership has to make is having it detailed; again. Yes, you made it damn near spotless with your detailing, but the dealership has their own standards of cleaning (the same standards that apply to the RV you are buying). The good news is that if your RV is relatively clean and spotless, then the dealership allocates less money to the time and labor spent on cleaning your trade-in. That means more money they’ll give you for your trade-in. So despite what may be deemed as a redundancy of cleaning, if your trade-in is clean, you are still getting more money for it as opposed to it being a lot more dirty.
Remember, the RV dealership has to buy RV’s somewhere in the wholesale range, invest their own money to sell RV’s retail. That’s their business and that’s the business model that keeps everyone in business (including the company that you may work for).
And lastly, the purpose of this step is to get the noggin joggin about the business aspects of what the dealership has to go through to get your trade-in back on the lot; inspections on their end and the expenses thereof is mandatory.