It’s happening already. But that’s no surprise, it happens every time there’s a flood or a hurricane. Rip off artists are already advertising RVs and cars at amazingly low prices, sometimes less than half of retail. They’ve always got a reason why it’s such a good deal. Their uncle bought it and only put 2,000 miles on it before he died and they’re selling it for their aunt. After they got the rig they found out their wife or kid has a serious illness and are not going to be able to travel. There are a dozen more stories to explain why you are getting such a bargain. But it always comes down to the same thing, some personal issue came up and they just need to unload the RV in a hurry. Their loss is your gain. Yeah, right!
I heard from somebody yesterday who saw a rig advertised on Craigslist in Oklahoma City, a 2016 diesel pusher with less than 3,000 miles on the odometer, and the poor folks were forced to sell it because their sister and her family lost everything in Hurricane Harvey and they were selling the RV to use the money to help them rebuild their lives. They said low Blue Book on the motorhome was just over $125,000 and the seller was only asking $60,000 because he needed to move it quickly to help his poor sister.
Fortunately, these folks had sat through my How To Be A Smart RVer Shopper seminar at a rally once, and they said immediately alarm bells started going off in their heads. They asked a lot of questions, and the seller had a perfectly reasonable answer for every one of them. No, the rig had never been wrecked, no it was in like new condition, yes he could probably get more from a dealer but he was in a hurry and didn’t want to mess with all that.
Then, while the wife was listening to the spiel, the husband crawled inside of one of the basement storage bays and looked closely and saw the faint stains from a water line. Just as they suspected, the motorhome had been in a flood somewhere. Mr. “I just want to help my sister” picked it up for next to nothing and was trying to pawn it off with a sob story about what a great guy he was. Yeah, his loss is your gain.
Don’t fall for it folks! If a deal seems to be too good to be true, it always is. Do your homework. Spend the time to look in every nook and cranny. Then look again. Because I guarantee you, if somebody is selling something for that much less than it’s worth, there’s a reason. Once a vehicle has been flooded like that, there’s no way that you can ever correct all the problems it’s going to have. So save yourself the trouble and buy from a reputable seller. You’ll pay more but you will still be money ahead in the long run.
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Thought For The Day – If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame