RE: NADA and Carfax

Discussion in 'Beginning RVing' started by trvlgirl42, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. trvlgirl42

    trvlgirl42 New Member


    opinions, please on obtaining NADA facts to take to sellers and also does CarFax do RV's? Thanks........
  2. Kirk

    Kirk Senior Member

    Re: RE: NADA and Carfax

    The last that I knew, CarFax did not do RVs, but you can always contact them to ask. On the "NADA facts" I am going to assume that you mean the break-down of price information? If so, the information that is free on their web site is better than noting, but not nearly of as much value as would be the information found in the book that they sell. You can probably find a copy of the current RV issue of either the NADA Guide, or the Kelly Blue Book for RVs in the main library, reference section. Which of the two is more used by dealers varies from one area to the next. Either one will give you the wholesale, high-low & average retail prices as well as the loan value. You can assume that a dealer paid no more than wholesale for any used unit on the lot, whether a trade-in or one he has purchased. I don't know why you would want to show it to the sellers, but it would sure give you some numbers to work from. You will probably find that most used RVs that are for sale by the owner will be over priced. The main reason is that dealer paper on RVs is usually written for too high a value when compared to the actual value of the RV. The RV loan market has a very low default rate so the financial people frequently loan well over what should be loaned and, just like with a car loan, the payments do not keep up with the rate of depreciation, particularly for the first few years. Also, my friends who have sold RVs for a living tell me that most buyers pay more than they should for their RVs and very few even come close to the low price that a dealer will accept. Also, sales people are very good at manipulation of the numbers to make bad deals see to be good.
  3. Earl R

    Earl R New Member

    Re: RE: NADA and Carfax

    So if your looking at a unit 16,995 with a stated MSRP of 18,995 that is a 2006 where do I want to be with price before trade?

    Looking at a 2006 Forest River Surveyor SV291BH
  4. DL Rupper

    DL Rupper Senior Member

    Re: RE: NADA and Carfax

    Look at the threads on Forest River in this forum. Not a good manufacturer. They don't honor their warranty. :(
  5. hertig

    hertig Senior Member

    Re: RE: NADA and Carfax

    With a new, current year, RV, you can attempt to get about 20% or even 25% off of MSRP. With 'older' models, treat them as if they were used, because that is what they will be worth the instant you drive them off the lot.
  6. hertig

    hertig Senior Member

    Re: RE: NADA and Carfax

    And CARFAX did issue a report for my Motorhome. Didn't mention the 2 (minor) recalls though...

    I would be surprised if they do trailers.

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