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Old 07-30-2015, 10:31 AM   #1
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Question Buying Airstream from dealer out of state

I've never purchased an RV, let alone one from a dealer out of state. I found the RV I want and have put down a deposit so that they will hold it for me until I fly down and pick it up. I have a few questions about the process.

They asked me to send a copy of my driver's license along with my social security number. Why would they need this information prior to me picking up the RV?

I am not sure exactly what documents I need to make this purchase. I am going to be paying cash so I figure I will just show up with a cashiers check. What are the standard documents I need to make sure I get and what documents do I need to sign?

Again, I am new to this so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-30-2015, 10:42 AM   #2
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Drivers License is probably OK. I might black out the number prior to giving them a copy. No way they are getting SSN.

They probably just want to make sure you are legit? Crazy idea, call them and ask?

You are a customer and they are gonna make a ton of money off of you. Don't hesitate to question them. Don't forget, they work for you now.
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Old 07-30-2015, 10:48 AM   #3
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ANY check can be forged. Certified or otherwise. They would have to have their bank verify it with your bank to be sure it's legit. SO they plan to run your identity and credit... and SSN is still used widely by credit reporting agencies, hospitals, etc. It is not right but it's still done.

Call the dealer - ask.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:02 AM   #4
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We put a deposit in place with a credit card on a new unit. The payment in full was mailed as a bank check just over two weeks before we got there to pick up the unit. I gave them the SSN over the phone and not in an email. Did send copy of driver's license to prove state of residence as I did not pay sales tax in their state nor did I get a permanent plate from them (we got a temporary 10 day plate to get it out of state and registered in the home state). They also required proof of insurance and a signed document saying your tow vehicle is up to the task at hand.

I signed a release at the dealership when I installed the four Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires mounted on 15" SenDel T03-56545T wheels replacing the stock 14" Goodyear Explodathons and stock wheels. We did keep the stock spare on the trailer for the trip home with the 15" spare in the tow vehicle.
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They asked me to send a copy of my driver's license along with my social security number. Why would they need this information prior to me picking up the RV?
The IRS investigates all transactions over $10,000 to make sure you're not money-laundering, and the dealer has to provide information about you to the IRS. Driver's license (proof of identity) and SSN provided by the dealer allow the IRS to track down your financial information.
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I am not sure exactly what documents I need to make this purchase.
Bring proof of insurance. They'll want it insured before you take it off the lot. Even if they didn't, you'll want it insured lest a semi cream your new Airstream as you're leaving the lot.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:14 AM   #6
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When I bought mine from out of state, I invested in paying an Attorney a small fee to wirte a letter that had a clause saying the deal was canceled if the trailer was not what they represented and I gave them my bank officers name so they could verify who I was. I then called my bank officer and let her know she might receive a call. I refused to give my social security number and they could tell that I must be a serious person and they worked with me after that. I did send them a deposit through paypal and there was a clause in the attorneys letter that said I would get it back if they misrepresented anything.

Good luck...it's a fun process buying your Airstream. Please post and let us know how it works out.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:15 AM   #7
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P.S....the Attorneys letter also had a place for them to sign their agreement of my terms and I gave them a deadline to get it back to me before I got on the road. It all worked out well.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:22 AM   #8
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If it's new you should be fine but if it's used you might want to check this: Buying An Airstream: A most unusual experience
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Listen to DanB! And safe travels with your new rig. jon
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:38 AM   #10
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I put a $5,000 cc deposit on a 2016 25fc in April. I paid cash upon its delivery, cashiers check, in May. I was only required to show identity via my drivers lic. SSN are not required.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:40 AM   #11
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Listen to DanB! And safe travels with your new rig. jon
I agree with jon. They don't need your SSN, most bank transactions made by bank/cashiers checks do not require IRS notification, just cash transactions of certain higher levels. I purchased an AS out of state once, no problems at all. I was however, dealing with an older, established AS dealer.
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I agree with jon. They don't need your SSN, most bank transactions made by bank/cashiers checks do not require IRS notification, just cash transactions of certain higher levels. I purchased an AS out of state once, no problems at all. I was however, dealing with an older, established AS dealer.
That higher level is $10,000 and above. And it's not only the bank that has to report the withdrawal, but also the dealer who has to report receiving the money. When I bought my Airstream out-of-state, I watched the dealer fill out the legally-required paperwork to be submitted to the IRS. And yes, the SSN was on the paperwork.

But you don't have to believe me if you don't want to. The OP will find out for himself soon enough.
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:15 PM   #13
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I have pur. machinery well in excess of $10,000.00 with bank draft no questions asked for ssn only my name and address on bill of sale, no forms, only thing some sellers did was verify bank draft. Only 1 time was I asked by my bank where money came from that I deposited and that was over ten yrs. ago. When I sell crops only thing they have is my name and address and deposit check in bank no questions.
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I'm so old that the SS card issued to me in 1954 says "NOT FOR IDENTIFCATION PURPOSES"

I buy and sell old cars and I've seen the banks question cash deposits and withdrawals as low as $7000.
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