RV BUYER BEWARE

RV Buyers are coming out of the woodwork and many of you are seriously looking for the RV of their dreams right now.  I do not want to scare you, but I will warn BUYER BEWARE!  If you are looking for a used RV, take time to come up with a list of your “wants and don’t wants” in that RV.  I encourage you to walk through many RVS and try to imagine yourself, eating, sleeping, bathing and watching TV in that RV.  Is it spacious enough, is it too big to tow, too small to move around?  Is your head in the skylight when you shower?  Are you too tall to sleep on the bed without your feet hanging off?  E are just a few of the questions. 

Once you have found the RV you want to buy, it is time to make sure your paperwork is in order.  Whether you are buying from a dealer or an individual, know what you are buying.  Is the year model correct, does the vin on the title match the vin on the RV?  Is their a lien on the RV and, if so, how are you going to get a clear title? And, one question that comes up more often than you can imagine is, where is the title?  You are at the sellers house, you fall in love with the RV, you negotiate a great deal, you’re ready to go RVing and….you hear the panic of “Oh, heck…where did I put that title?”    Is it in the file cabinet?  Is it still at the bank? Where is it?

DO NOT…let me repeat, DO NOT, negotiate this deal and pay any money until you know how the vehicle is titled, where the title is and if it is clear.

It is much better to agree on the price and wait a few days for the seller to produce a title than it is to rush and then have a vehicle you can not register in your name.  

If there are two parties listed as owners on the title, you need to make sure that both of those people are there and are negotiating the title.  Request a copy of each of their drivers licenses for your records to make sure you know who you are dealing with.  I have heard some horror stories about couples going through a divorce and one sells the RV right out from under the other one and signs their name.  I have also heard about kids who have mom or dads RV and are trying to sell it and pocket the money.  And, don’t forget the people who actually steal RVs and try to sell them. 

I think all of this can lead up to the 9 steps brochure and PPL helping them. 

I also think I want to take time to say that, just like all dealers, we cannot make everyone happy every time, but we do try and we do care.  We will make some mistakes along the way, but we will also try to learn from those mistakes. 

Nine Steps To Selling Your RV

This information should help you sell your RV and avoid problems commonly encountered by individual sellers. We wish you the best in this process. We also hope that should the need arise, you’ll consider PPL Motor Homes, where we’re dedicated solely to selling pre-owned or consigned RVs!

Am I Charging Too Much?: This is the toughest part of the sales process. If you overprice your RV, chances are it won’t sell and will become “stale” on the market. When this happens, it will be difficult to attract buyers even if you reduce the price. If you price the RV too low, you could lose hundreds of dollars and walk away feeling like you lost a lot of money.So how can you set a fair asking price? Should you go by the NADA or Kelley Blue Book value?The truth is, many buyers will tell you they don’t trust RV Blue Book prices. And because comprehensive sales data is relatively scarce for RVs – unlike automobiles – they are right not to. RV book value often is set as a percentage of the original MSRP. In fact, your price should be set according to the actual condition of your vehicle and the pricing of vehicles being sold in your area.

Make Your Ad More Effective: Include important information: size, year, make, and model, mileage, and PRICE! If people don’t see a price, they’ll assume it is too high. Include your telephone number and/or email address, NOT your home address.  Avoid “fluff” words like cream puff, spotless, dream vehicles. They cost you money and don’t carry weight with buyers. As an individual, you have many places you could advertise so whether you choose Internet or local newspaper advertising, one thing to keep in mind is that few buyers will travel a long distance to see just your vehicle

The Pros and Cons of Selling It Yourself:
Scenario #1: It’s easy and cheap – with a “For Sale” sign and your phone number in the window, you park your RV at a busy parking lot or along a roadside and go home to wait for buyers to call. But what about the “tire kickers” who want to see the inside just out of curiosity? And what about that phone call from the police saying your vehicle’s been towed because it may have been parked illegally?

Scenario #2: If you decide to sell by consignment through a dealer who sells both new and used RVs, or autos, trucks, and boats along with RVs, visit the lot before you commit. How will your vehicle be displayed? Remember that it will compete directly with dealer-owned new and used vehicles, which the dealer will make more money from than from a consigned RV. Finding a dealer who specializes in selling only consigned RVs is your best bet.

A Clean RV is Ready to Sell: A complete cleaning greatly enhances the sales appeal of your “home on wheels.” Many of these items included in PPL’s “Ultimate RV Cleanup” make a good checklist to use before selling.

• Complete exterior wash and wax, including the roof.
• Clean and vacuum all exterior compartments, interior cabinets and closets. • Thoroughly clean and shine bathroom tub, toilet, under sink and appliances. • Vacuum and/or steam clean carpet and upholstery.
• Polish all woodwork.
• Cover the mattress with a protective pad and make beds with coordinating bedding.
• Remove all personal items from interior

BE AWARE OF BUYER FINANCING. Finding a cash buyer for anything beyond a lower-valued vehicle may be more difficult than you think. Few people are capable of paying $20,000 to $40,000 or more in cash for the RV of their dreams. And while many buyers are credit worthy, banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions often will finance for only three to five years, making payments impractical. A buyer’s best bet is to find a lending institution that will finance for at least a 7-10 year term.

Test Drive it Yourself:

Make sure the batteries are all charged – they affect not just the engine start, but your refrigerator, electric step and monitor panel. Make sure roof air conditioning units are cooling, especially during the summer months.

Turn the refrigerator on several hours before your appointment. Check vents for leaks.

Have ample fuel for test drives and propane for appliance demonstrations.

Go with all potential buyers on test drives. You don’t want to have to call the police and your insurance agent to report that a potential buyer disappeared with your vehicle.

NEGOTIATE THE PRICE:

Always handle negotiations in a professional, non-emotional manner. This means being prepared to negotiate. Start by deciding what your bottom line will be before the buyer arrives. Most buyers will make an offer; they want to walk away feeling like they got a “deal,” even if it is just a little bit off the asking price. Don’t be offended by a low-ball offer.
Sometimes the buyer is “fishing” to see what your bottom line really is. If you know you’ve set the right price, make a counter offer.

AS-IS MEANS AS-IS:

After the test drive and the negotiations, it’s time to hand over the keys. But never close the deal without emphasizing verbally AND in writing on your bill of sale that the vehicle is being sold “AS-IS.” This is your last chance to make it clear that you have no liability or obligation to make repairs after the sale. You must document this to avoid misunderstandings, harassment, and even legal action later

PAPERWORK IS YOUR FRIEND:

Make sure that you promptly transfer your vehicle and eliminate any after-sale liability. Contact your local tax office for the appropriate forms and information on the transfer process, and pay special attention to the following:

• Always sign a contract of sale with the buyer that includes: year, model, vehicle identification number, purchase price, date of sale and “AS-IS” status (see 8, above).

• Never accept a personal check as payment. Ask the buyer to pay with certified check or cash before you hand over the keys and title.

• If a large amount of cash is involved, complete the sale and transfer of funds at your bank. It’s safest not to let a stranger know you are home with the cash he or she just gave you.

• Don’t give the title to the buyer so they can handle a loan or paperwork, and don’t let the buyer take the vehicle for an inspection. Accompany them.

• Don’t simply collect payment and sign the back of the title. If you don’t transfer the title properly, you could remain liable. If you do sign the back of the title, make sure you complete it with the buyer’s name and address and the date of sale. It’s also a good idea to provide your state motor vehicle registration office with copies of the transaction, allowing them to remove your name from all liability after the sale.

• Go with the buyer to the tax office and make sure the title is transferred.

• Keep your copies of everything related to the sale and transfer for at least five years!

• Don’t cancel your insurance until you know the buyer has coverage and the vehicle is transferred out of your name.

Selling your RV can be a tall order for most people and you want to make sure you are doing right by both the person buying your RV and, of course, yourself. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact PPL Motorhomes. We’ll likely have the answers to all of your questions.

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How Do I Put My RV on Consignment

“How do I put my RV on consignment?”

This is a question we get ask at least 10 times a day. That and, “why should I put my RV on consignment?”

Let’s reverse the order of those questions. First, “Why should I put my RV on consignment?” This question is usually accompanied by, “why can’t I just sell it myself?” The short answer is, you can totally sell it yourself. You can take the time and the money to advertise it, have it inspected, make any repairs it may need, then HOPE someone sees your tiny advertisement on the internet, or, even worse, the Greensheet. Then if you actually do have a buyer, you have to go through the trouble of getting a notary and exchanging the titles and completing a clean smoothed hand-off. Not saying selling it yourself is impossible, but why would you want to? It’s certainly not as easy as putting it on consignment at PPL Motorhomes and letting us handle all of the heavy lifting.

This is what you can expect from PPL when you put your RV on consignment with us.

Consigned Recreational Vehicle Specialist
PPL primarily sells used RV’s on consignment. We believe we can best serve the RV seller and buyer by concentrating on consigned RV’s. More on why you should use the services of a consignment specialist

Free Appraisals
The correct asking price for your Consignment Unit is critical for you to get the top dollar for your vehicle.  We use prices of previously sold  units, blue books, and experienced appraisers to make sure your vehicle is priced to your best advantage.  Take advantage of our free appraisal when you list.

We May Already have A Buyer for Your Unit
Chances are PPL already has a buyer for your vehicle and we know how to get them interested in buying. Over 15,000 buyers actively receive information on your unit thru the mail and over 31,500 buyers receive email updates. This is in addition to the over 750,000 visitors per month to our website. Many times a quick sale is made!

Extensive Advertising
Our extensive advertising enables a fast sale at the best price for you. Learn more…

Trade-ins or Cash Purchases
PPL makes it simple for you to do a trade.  PPL can also pay you immediate cash for your vehicle.  This means you won’t have to delay the start of your next adventure.

Financing
We will work with potential buyers to help them locate favorable financing. Helping the buyer find the financing they need can make a tremendous difference in selling because cash buyers are really hard to find in today’s market.

Extended Warranties
(Service Agreements)
Extended service agreements are offered by PPL on many later models. Some customers are leery of buying a used unit without any warranty. Our extended warranties provide buyers with peace of mind and are another reason why they prefer buying a PPL consigned vehicle.

Ultimate Detailing Service
A clean polished recreational vehicle will sell faster and receive better price offers.  Learn more about PPL’s professional detailing service.  See how spending a little can raise the selling price of your unit.

Experienced Staff
RV pricing, advertising, marketing, detailing, financing, extended service agreements, and trouble free closings all happen because of our experienced Sales staff.

Out of State RV Seller Program
If you live outside of Texas and prefer not to bring your unit to one of PPL’s consignment centers yourself, take advantage of our sign up by mail program and let us help you arrange delivery of your vehicle to one of our consignment centers. Click here for details.

No Cost Until Sold
There is no listing or monthly fees when you list with PPL.  Once your vehicle is sold, the commission is 10% of the selling price.  The minimum commission is $1475 for motor homes and $975 for travel trailers and fifth wheels.

How to Get Your Vehicle Listed for Sale
Follow these step by step details on how to get your unit appraised and listed for sale with PPL. Join the 1000’s who have profited from this successful sales system.

 

You can also call toll free: 800-755-4775 if you have any further questions. If you have even thought about trading in your RV, or selling the RV you have now, do yourself a favor and give us a call. We will make the process of selling your unit virtually painless. After all, we have helped over 20,000 people sell their motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels. Likewise, if you are looking to purchase your very 1st RV, or your 5th, check with us before you end up spending twice as much on a new RV and getting half as much as you wanted.

Time to Upgrade?

There comes a time for every RV’r when they start thinking about upgrading. Maybe you need a little more room. Maybe you’d like more options. Maybe you’ve just had it with the little repairs that seem to crop up every time you turn around. Maybe it’s time for a more energy efficient model. Maybe it’s time to sell the ol’ beast and move on to an RV that better suits your current situation. We here at PPL can sure help you with that. Not only are we a bumper to bumper parts and accessories warehouse, we also do a lot of consignments.

We know RVs, all makes and models, and we’ve been doing this for a long time. So when you decide to pull the trigger and make a change, allow us to help you out! Here’s how we can help sell your old RV:

First we’ll do a free appraisal. We do our price assessment based on previous units of the same type sold, have our assessors survey your vehicle so it can be priced to maximum advantage to you, and of course looking at the blue book. There is a large demand for RVs so there is a good chance we may already have someone looking for a model just like yours.

Second, we ADVERTISE. We have full page ads in Boat & RV Trader, we have an extensive direct mail program, we go to RV shows, and advertise in newspapers year round. If there’s a buyer for your specific RV, we will find them!

Third, if you’re looking to trade, we make it easy! We have a large inventory of RVs to choose from and have financing available in-house if needed. Another option is to sell us your RV. We’ll pay you immediate cash for your vehicle and you will have no delays in getting started on whatever adventure awaits.

If you’re interested in learning more about our consignment program, click HERE.

Is It Time For A New RV?

With vacation season in full swing, you may be realizing that your RV you’ve had for a few years just isn’t cutting it. Maybe you need more space to handle a few more people who’ve jumped on the RVing bandwagon. Maybe you want to downsize to a smaller unit. Maybe you’ve decided to invest in an ATV or jet ski and want to get a toy hauler so you can take it where you can get the lead out. Regardless of the reason you want to start searching for another RV, now is the best time to do it.

Let Us Buy Your RV

If you are ready to get rid of that RV and put it towards another one or pay off some bills before you start looking for a new one, we can buy it from you! Don’t put it off any longer, bring your RV in and we’ll make you an offer and you can walk out of here with cold hard cash in hand.

Let Us Sell Your RV

We are the largest consignment RV dealership in the USA and when you choose to sell with us, you’ll know why! We can off a free appraisal, extensive advertising through our network of interested RV buyers and a free Ultimate RV Cleanup (that’s $485 worth of service!) when you chose to let us sell your RV. There’s no cost to you until we’ve got a buyer for your RV. Check out our RV consignment process and give us a call!

Trade Your RV

We also do RV trades! If you’ve had your eye on an RV in our lot we will consider any trade. There are almost 500 RVs to choose from and we’re certain you’ll find something that fits your needs and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Come by and see us at either our New Braunfels’ or Houston location and let us take care of your RV’s needs and help you find the one you’re looking for.

RV Selling Season Is Here!

Sell Us Your RV For Christmas Cash!

With Christmas around the corner, we are all aware of the stresses that it can put on our wallets. We have a solution for your money woes and we can help you sell that RV that’s been taking up space in your driveway:

Sell your RV to us here at PPL Motorhomes!

Since 1972 we’ve sold more than 26,000 consigned RVs. We average about 1500 sold per year. That’s an average of 3-4 per day! If we can’t sell it, no one can!

When you consign your RV with us, you’re accessing a worldwide network that is actively looking for quality RV purchases. Our email list has over 30,000 potential buyers on it and over 15,000 receive inventory updates in the mail.  PPL does not sell new RVs, simply because we do not want our clients to feel pressured into purchasing a new RV when a perfectly capable consigned one is available.

We offer free appraisals to give you an idea of what your RV is worth. There are plenty of sources online that give you inaccurate information based off of a bogus database, so beware. We will utilize our extensive database of previously sold units, experienced appraisers and blue books to determine a fair and accurate selling price for your RV.

PPL Motorhomes provides an extended warranty on many of the later models. These warranties provide peace of mind as many customers are hesitant to purchase an RV without a warranty.

If you live outside of Texas and wish to sell your RV with us, we can arrange delivery to one of our consignment centers. Contact us for more information regarding out Out-Of-Town program.

There are no listing or monthly fees when you list with PPL. Once your RV is sold, our commission is 10% of the selling price.  The minimum commission is $1475 for motor homes and $975 for travel trailers and fifth wheels.

If you are considering selling your RV, please take a moment to request our booklet titled “9 Steps To Selling Your RV” and get you on your way to some extra cash in your pockets for Christmas or maybe even put it towards a new RV!

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Spring Is The Time To Sell Your RV

There comes a time in every RVer’s life when they  decide that it’s time for a change. Time to start shopping for a new RV. Spring is usually the time many RVers choose to start the process of looking for a new rig. They could be looking for something that is bigger, with more luxury. Or, they could be downsizing for a myriad of reasons as well. They look for new, but will certainly exhaust the used market as well looking for the RV deal of the year. If you are considering selling your RV, Spring is usually the best time to do it. That being said, it always make me wonder why many RVers choose to trade their RV in at a dealership as opposed to putting it on consignment. Not that trading in your RV is bad, but you could lose massive amounts of money, as opposed to putting that RV on consignment.

Think of it this way. Sure you can trade in your current RV and, in many cases, get less than half of what your RV is currently worth to put towards a new RV. But, wouldn’t you want to get the most money you can for your used RV? Of course you do! Well, consider putting your RV on consignment. Let me put it to you this way, PPL Motorhomes has sold 247 RVs in the last 45 days. You read that right: 247 in 45 days. Why couldn’t that be your RV? Oh, that’s right, because you were going to put it towards your trade. Maybe our video below will convince you to put your RV on consignment with PPL Motorhomes.

The bottom line is that we generally have more RV buyers than we have RVs to sell and that means your RV will sell faster and you will get more money for it! Anyway you cut it, you simply can’t beat 2,500 to 3,500 potential buyers per month. It’s really hard to get that kind of exposure if you are attempting to sell your RV on your own.

We have over 45 years in the consignment RV market which easily places PPL Motorhomes at the top of the list for both potential customers as well as those looking to put their RV on consignment. If you have any questions on either putting your RV on consignment, or purchasing a consignment RV, don’t hesitate to call either of our two locations: PPL Motorhomes in Houston & PPL Motorhomes in New Braunfels.

Consign Your RV, Or Buy A Consignment RV

Why should you consign your RV, and why should you buy a consigned RV?

If you own a RV and are looking to unload it, you have a couple of options, you can trade it in on a newer model, you can sell it yourself or you can have someone sell it for you. Trust us, the paperwork alone is enough to drive any ole’ RVer insane. That’s something that PPL Motorhomes can do for you. Plus, finding a potential buyer can either be a hassle or a nightmare. You could find a lot of potential buyers, but which one’s are legit buyers or not? At worst, you won’t find any buyers. Trust us, we’ve had countless customers who have consigned their RV with us after trying to sell it themselves with considerable relief. When you consign with PPL Motorhomes, we have people perusing our inventory for RVs like yours.

Likewise, if you are looking for your first, of fifth RV, buying a consignment RV from PPL Motorhomes would be a very frugal decision. You can get more RV for more money. You’ll also have the comfort of knowing that we’ll take a look through the RV an make sure every RV we have on our lot meets our standards.

Further, buy either consigning your RV, or buying a consigned RV from PPL Motorhomes will also connect you to one of the World’s largest online RV parts warehouses. If you want it, we’ve got it.

So, if you are looking to get rid of your RV, or get an RV, see PPL Motohomes.

PPL Motorhomes: Buying a Consignment RV

Buying a consignment RV is a lot like buying a car; there are some features and options that you’re going to want, and there will be some others that you don’t have a need for. But, buying an RV on consignment gives you a whole new list of options to choose from, and if this is your first recreational vehicle, take a look at the list I put together below before you start shopping. I think it will put you on the right track when it comes time to pick your first RV.

How many people will I likely be traveling with?
RVs come in all different shapes and sizes, so you want to be sure that you have adequate space and seating room for everyone who will be traveling with you. Plus, if you don’t take in account for sleeping room, you might end up sleeping outside!

How much stuff am I planning on traveling with?
This question goes hand-in-hand with the one above. The more people who travel with you, the more stuff that is coming along for the ride. But, with all of the extra people and belongings, you’re adding more weight to the RV, and that could be a problem. You don’t want to overload your new RV with too much weight bearing down on the chassis and wheels.

What climate will I be using the RV in?
Most modern RVs are well equipped with insulation, but if you’re planning on vacationing to colder climates, you want to know that you’re getting enough insulation to keep you warm when the temperatures drop at night. Also, make sure that the heater and air conditioner are equipped to cover the entire inside of the RV. When it comes to vent placement, notice where they are located throughout the RV’s floor plan — especially in the bathroom when it comes to a heater vent!

How many items will I need to plug into an outlet?
Different RVs have different numbers of outlets depending on the floor plan, and the locations of the outlets can vary, too. If you plan on bringing a lot of electronics along with you, remember that when you’re shopping and take note of the quantity and locations of the outlets. Also remember, you only have 30or 50 AMP service and you cannot plug in and turn on everything you have at your home.  Forget using the toaster, electric skillet, hair dryer, both AC units and outside lights all at the same time.  It just won’t work!

The bottom line is that if you are looking to join the RV lifestyle, you’ve already made a step in the right direction. The world is a pretty big place and the best and most affordable way to see it is in an RV! Come and check out all of the great consignment RVs we have here at PPL Motorhomes, I know we’ll have one perfect for you and your family.

What Do You Know About Your Consignment RV’s Water Heater

Cold Showers? Not for me! At PPL Motorhomes, we love our Suburban RV water heaters. They are without a doubt one of the most appreciated and necessary comforts of owning an RV.

Here’s a little information from the PPL Motorhomes Website about the Suburban RV Water Heater, and even further down, you can watch a detailed video with our parts guru, Boyd McMakin…He knows everything about them!

 

This Suburban water heater gives you plenty of hot water. Suburban Water Heaters are known for their porcelain-lined steel tank and foam insulation that provides for long life. The high-recovery 12,000 BTU/hour units have a large diameter drain and replaceable anode rod. Heated water corrodes most metals, but the porcelain-lined steel tank features a replaceable anode rod that absorbs the destructive, corrosive action of heated water, ensuring that the entire system lasts longer. The anode rod is attached to the drain plug for easy replacement. This water heater features Direct Spark ignition and an electric element to recover an additional 6 gallons/hour at the campsite.

All models offer a regulated safety thermostat and are designed with controls up front, for simple installation, operation and maintenance.

Cut-out dimensions are: 16-3/8″ high, 16-3/8″ wide, 20-1/4″ deep.

Units come with a manufacturers three year limited warranty on tank, two year limited warranty on components.

For additional information on all these water heaters, please visit the Suburban website. Clicking on the the above link will open a new browser window. Close the new browser window to return here and call 1-800-755-4775 for ordering.

Here is some added information about Suburban RV Water Heaters for your research.

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The Suburban RV water heater comes in different gallon sizes, (6, 10, 12 and 16 gallon versions) so make sure you know exactly what your needs are before you decide. All models offer a regulated safety thermostat and are designed with controls up front, for simple installation, operation and maintenance. Choose flush- or surface-mount door for 6 gallon models. All 10-gallon models require flush mount door, as you heard in the video above.

If you aren’t sure about exactly what you need for your Texas Consignment RV, please don’t hesitate to call PPL Motorhomes, we know these things inside and out and can easily hook you up with the right one for your rig.