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Old 06-29-2007, 11:31 PM   #1
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Buyer's Remorse

I recently sold a 1972 Ambassador 29' to a local couple. They have never owned a trailer or any kind of RV. A buyers agreement was written, signed, and notarized, with the statements of AS-IS on the document. I also emphasized that all systems were guaranteed to work at time of delivery with the exception of water heater and furnace. This was also noted and initialed on the Bill of Sale. The enthusiastic new owners were anxious and excited upon delivery of their "new toy." The excitement soon wore off though as tonight they phoned wanting to know if I would buy it back. I have no problem in giving them their money back. BUT, they have removed the original stereo and 8-track, all speakers, the twin bed frames, supports and bins, and the monitor panel in the front overhead and DISCARDED them. My question is, "How much does this lower the value?" I'm really steamed over their haste to remove and discard without thinking the whole process through. Please give me your advice, "What would you do in this situation?"

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Old 06-29-2007, 11:51 PM   #2
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AS-IS is AS-IS!!!

I think that you had a TOTALLY reasonable transaction.... It's theirs!

If you buy it back, cast a CRITICAL eye toward it, just as if you were buying a replacement AS from another source.... I know that trailer still 'feels' like yours, but it isn't! They changed the character and the feel, the interior, the thing that made it what they wanted to buy in the 1st place.

Now, you DO know a LOT about that unit that others may NOT know, but you likely also know what it will take to get it back to the minumum shape it WAS in when you sold it.... I think it would be easiest for you to just let it go and find yourself another unit that gets you juices flowing.... this one has TOO much baggage now.... you'll likely always get steamed over the 'toss this and that' attitude every time you look at it or get into it.

Then again you might get a fire sale price and have a unit that will allow you to finish it the way you "REALLY" want to do it, but couldn't due to the previous condition....

Your call!

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Old 06-29-2007, 11:57 PM   #3
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WOW! As one in the process of restoring a '75 Argosy 24, I'm finding even the smallest piece and part to be very expensive. I can't imagine they had any idea of the value of the materials they discarded. "$600" is a running joke between my wife and I when we discuss the cost of even the most minor repair or modification. Buy it back but not for the same the price. Heck for all you know, they didn't "discard" anything. . .they just needed parts!
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Old 06-29-2007, 11:59 PM   #4
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It sounds like the new owners have taken what was a travel trailer and turned it into a project that requires a new interior. The market for a new buyer has been reduced to a very small number of people who would be willing or able to perform such a feat. It may sound cold, but I would want no part of it. Let them live with what they have done and let them find a new buyer.


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Old 06-30-2007, 12:03 AM   #5
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I don't think I would buy it back. Something smells fishy here. As was stated above, if you can get it for a very low price that makes the headache worth it all, then that's up to you. What else did they do that they haven't told you? Tell them to put it back on the market and get what they can. My 2 cents.
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Old 06-30-2007, 12:12 AM   #6
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You said it!

Richard -

You said what I was trying to say, and better! In WAY less words too!

Great minds think alike!?

Hi to Jan from Max-imum Max! He keeps asking when we are going back to the 'fishing place' - that would be the CG in Cottonwood.... I think I have convinced him that every 10 years we need to go back to each place we have previously been....

Actually, kinda a neat idea.... an every 10 year loop... and note the changes along the way.... Maybe that could be a FCU feature? Do Cottonwood every 10 years at a minimum?? Kevbo, you up for the 'every decade' parking gig? I promise to re-gift the 2000 fish-hooks if you say 'Yes'!!!! Patron Silver will also make an appearance... 'That rug really tied the room together....', sorry - inside joke there. Anyone else know the line and the movie its from?

Back to the thread, My vote, and Richards too!?, is leave it for them to sell and find yourself a new project!


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Old 06-30-2007, 12:15 AM   #7
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Kevin, For all you know they might also have gutted the trailer to make a profit from those parts on eBay! I say "You bought it... You stripped it... You own it"... and let the chips fall where they may! They can't blame you for their stupidity if they indeed stripped and tossed the interior. They now find themselves with an... expensive to remodel lesson... in doing only what you can afford. All here would probably agree that the real value in restoring or updating a trailer is to use it while it is a work in progress until time and cash flow allows you to do as you wish. The new appliances, water heater, and furnace plus all the upgrade things that they wanted to do have devalued the trailer for their use and made it of no real value to you. Let them eat cake! The answer is No Way will I buy it back in that condition! Happy Trails, Ed
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Old 06-30-2007, 12:32 AM   #8
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Check the Checkbook....

Guess that the 'prevailing' wisdom (other folks!!! not mine) is to let them deal with the 'Frankenstein' they have created....

if in a month or 2 it's still in their possession, then make a REDICULOUS offer of a few!! hundred - and finish it the way you want.....

I'll bet if you 1/2 try between now than and then, you'll find AT LEAST 1 or 2 other projects that get you WAY more jazzed than this 'newly wrecked' AS ever will....

I'd stay with the AS projects though....

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Old 06-30-2007, 05:50 AM   #9
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Thanks ALL for the responses and advice. This is exactly wanted to hear from the great people here in the FORUMS group. Funny thing, they are having a yard sale today. Maybe I had better go to it. The AS parts may be on the table for a few bucks. <G> They also countered with an offer for me to "take it back on trade for another travel trailer I have." With that I said a a loud and firm "NO WAY."
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Old 06-30-2007, 06:53 AM   #10
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I don't know if you have a dealership, or have a friend that does, but maybe as a compromise you can offer to put it on the lot on consignment. That way, if they truly have a problem they need to be bailed out of, you will look more like a "good guy" to them. If they are just running some kind of game, it won't matter, but it also won't hurt.
If they agree to it, you should make a note of the trailer's current condition, so they can't later say other items were altered or removed.
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:20 AM   #11
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A good question to ask oneself is: "self, would you be interested in purchasing this trailer if you were seeing it for the first time?" If the answer is yes, then why not make a counter offer. If the answer is no, then maybe it is better to move on with a clear conscience. Given you sold it in the first place, I suspect the latter is closer to the fact.

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Old 06-30-2007, 07:32 AM   #12
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I'd be less concerned it they hadn't removed stuff. At that point, it became they're unit to deal with in my book...anything beyond that would be a gift from you.
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:47 AM   #13
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I would only agree to buy it back if it is returned in the condition you sold it to them. What ever correspondence your have make sure it is in writing and sent certified.
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Old 06-30-2007, 08:42 AM   #14
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Signed, sealed, theirs.

I'd also be concerned about the stuff they didn't remove. Also, your time in dealing with this is worth something.

Had there not been a contract, things might be a little different. Stick to your guns.

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