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Hooterville

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Dealer has a brand new, never registered 2016 Cougar 303RLS for sale. Even though it is still new, the moment I put a plate on it will be a 4 year old unit. the NADA guide for this year and model has recommended an average value of about 54% of the original MSRP.

I am located in Canada and the listing MSRP is $71,300 (Canadian) Sticker on it currently is $56,000. Using a straight used value this would come to about a used value of $38,500.

Looking for advise on what it is really worth and how to approach the dealer.

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approach him just the same way you posted. IMO your logic is correct.


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It may be never owned but it has been out in weather for 4 years! Look for water intrusion and cracked caulking. 50% is generous.

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As the above have stated, but to ask, and demand in writing, an affirmation of the unit being sold "AS NEW" in 2019 for warranty purposes. It may turn out to be valueless, but it may also be invaluable since the trailer is already 4 years old.

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After a complete roof and appliance inspection, $38.5.


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all great advice. I,d wonder why it sat this long????

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I have no idea what the Canadian laws are, but you would be very wise to get in writing from the manufacturer whatever warranty they will honor.

Speaking as a consumer and not an attorney, I would put a lot of focus on the tires. Sitting for 4 years may have put them at the end of their life.

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I know of an RV dealer that probably still has a brand new 2015 toyhauler in the lot. They want more than I can get a new version for at a different dealer.

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I think your approach using NADA value is pretty valid.
But at the same time you have to figure out what comparable used trailers are selling for and how much it's worth to You.
You could reasonably expect to find a few year old trailer that was stored under cover or roof that has less wear n tear from the weather, and you could find one like new inside but maybe some wear n tear that is non existent in a new unit.
Bottom line sooner or later they'll find a buyer and/or come down enough on the price to sell it. Take a swing at it. It's fall and camping season is basically over so if they're smart enough to figure out they'll likely sit on it until next year they may make you a screaming deal on it.


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Hooterville wrote:



what it is really worth



For any towed RV, just approach a dealer with the same hypothetical rig and ask them how much they will give you for trade-in value.

People are often quite surprised at how little value there is in towed RV's, and how much they depreciate.

When ours was less than 6 months old, we were not able to obtain a trade-in number more than 1/3 of our original purchase price when we were considering buying another model.


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