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Old 08-22-2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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Does anyone use the NADA guidelines for pricing? Is it realistic?
I priced my airstream out and it suggested a really low price!

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Old 08-22-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by silverwheels View Post
Does anyone use the NADA guidelines for pricing?
Banks and insurance companies.
Is it realistic?
Depends on who you ask. When I mentioned the difference between NADA and actual selling prices of Airstreams to someone that works with one of the publishers of those guides, the rather haughty response I got was on the order of "It's not our problem if people pay more than the trailer is worth!"
I priced my airstream out and it suggested a really low price!
Airstreams generally last longer than industry accepted standard. The only time the guides will approach reality is when the trailer is less than 5 years old. after that, the numbers start diverging rapidly.

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Old 08-22-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
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For insurance purposes? We did the whole nada thing for insurance on our 75.
In the end, ours had been in "the local community" for most of its life. We have used the local State Farm for our business for most of 20 years. Graduated with the couple that runs it.
We had all the "repair" receipts for ours and the 3rd owner (and longest) was a retired judge that we had known since high school. we got ours insured for what we wanted. Thru the years we have never had a problem with a claim. Helps to shop local and support local businesses. May be slightly higher in cost, but the benefits are priceless when you need to insure something that was slightly over 12 grand in 75 but value in today's dollars is up to interpretation.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:27 PM   #4
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Took my 71 to Holiday RV (an Airstream dealer) in Albuquerque a few years ago. Pulled out the bluebook which only went back to 75. As I recall a 75 was worth about $1200 according to NADA. He said my 71 was worth even less. That was the last time I was there.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:44 PM   #5
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Yeah, I would use NADA in this way: I will offer you full book value for it. Okay?

Paid $11,500 for my 25', 1988 5 years ago. Have put $4000 or more in repairs and upgrades. NADA says it is worth $1200 or so. About the same as the 10 year old Jayco popup we gave to a friend was worth when I bought the Airstream.
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