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Old 01-16-2016, 11:48 PM   #1
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Sell with dent, or repair?

I'm going to trade in / sell my 2007 19' Safari SE.
It has a rear curbside lower panel dent, that the "paintless" dent removal guy _almost_ got out (left some wrinkles), so it's visible damage, but not structural and the skin is intact.

The trailer is in otherwise very good to excellent condition (nonsmokers, adults only, stored indoors).

Should I replace the panel before I sell / trade in my trailer, or just sell it with its "personality" intact?

How much will it depreciate the value?

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Old 01-17-2016, 12:45 AM   #2
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have you figured out what replacing the panel would cost comparing to what the dealer said they would deduct from its value?

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Old 01-17-2016, 12:48 AM   #3
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I would bet leaving the dent and selling the trailer yourself will put you ahead money wise compared to any other route.
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:58 AM   #4
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Before analysis paralysis sets in, why not advertise it for sale and start showing it as-is? This will give you some real time feedback to get the sale in motion. Personally I would buy a trailer in your condition if the price was right, and probably never fix the damage, chalking it up to "this is bound to happen at some point, maybe now it won't happen again."

Can you post photos of the damage? A picture is worth . . .

You mention trading it in as an option. Have you contacted a dealer for feedback? This tack may be another good way to get the ball rolling.
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Old 01-17-2016, 10:25 AM   #5
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Depends on the cost of replacing the panel. As a buyer I might well be turned off to a trailer that has a dent. First impressions are important. If trading in to a dealer then I would discuss the matter with him. Possibly let them fix the dent and deduct from the trade in value.
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Old 01-17-2016, 10:39 AM   #6
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All good comments, but posting pics will let you know what private buyers may think or how they may respond.
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Old 01-17-2016, 11:31 AM   #7
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FYI: Caught Zip-Dee support on a gate which in turn opened up a vertical seam slightly. This boo-boo cost $11,000 at the dealer to repair.

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Old 01-17-2016, 11:53 AM   #8
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Same Ding, Same Place!

Dealer charge for segment $495. Labor $100 per hour ($700). Decided not to repair. Annoyed at blemish - but not THAT annoyed. Dealer can repair MUCH cheaper. You've received good suggestions. Dealer will beat you up on trade-in, and/or new purchase. I'd see what I can get as a private seller first. However, the whole process is VERY time consuming depending on model and market. I've never liked trading and buying. Sell. Get your cash. Make your best deal on the next RV. THEN, buy used, after someone else took the depreciation HIT - and warranty issues!!
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:15 PM   #9
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No, do not fix the shell. Do clean it, fix any hardware or system that does not work and remove all gear.

You need to take a trip to the dealer and talk turkey. I suspect the local AS dealer has the ability to make a "fix or sell as-is" decision and can turn your 19 at a profit. The question that you have to determine is can you get enough of a discount with the trade to work for your budget? If you can that lets you move on now and likely have a new ride to enjoy in the Spring.

If the answer is no, find a buyer that would rather have a clean debugged coach with a touch of personality than spend the premium required to purchase a new trailer and the associated warranty. You might want to consider repacking the wheel bearings, checking the brakes, and replacing tires/battery to make the trailer turn key for a new owner.

Good luck with your upgrade. Pat
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:24 PM   #10
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I am interested in a 2007 19 foot Airstream that you posted about.

I am actually interested in purchasing a 19 foot Airstream I might be interested in yours, if you decide to sell it. I would need to see pictures showing the damage. I live about an hour and a half from Jackson Center so if I decided to have it fixed I would be close to the factory. Where do you live? You can respond if you want to.
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:37 PM   #11
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When considering trade versus private sell, don't forget that when you trade in you'd only be paying tax on the difference, not the full cost of the new trailer.

At least that is how it works in Canada, and I would imagine also in the US - could be a significant difference that you'd need to make up in a private sale before that becomes a better option - also the hassle, and possible extra risk that might be involved.

Just things to consider when setting your bottom line price for a private sale.

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Old 01-17-2016, 02:03 PM   #12
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Depends on the state you live in.

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Old 01-17-2016, 04:13 PM   #13
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Yes, in WA it would be about 9.5% difference (varies slightly from county to county).
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:10 PM   #14
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I second what CRH said, that makes the most sense. And the blemish probably puts a spiritual anti-dent force field around the trailer for the new owner at almost no co$t to you. Leland

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