Originally Posted by westcoastas
Thanks again to all for the advice. I notice a few of you suggested I take a possible purchase to an AS dealer for a thorough check. But what if I'm buying a used one from an AS dealer directly? Can I trust AS dealers to rectify hidden problems before they sell a used model? Does Airstream hold their dealers to a higher standard?
If the unit is a consignment model assume the dealer has done no inspection. If it is a trade-in or inventory, assume the dealer did a quick inspection and fixed any obvious or safety problems . (e.g. no moisture check)
An inspection is only as good as the person doing it so.... much depends on the reputation of the dealer and who the service dept puts on it. Keep in mind the dealer has seen every single major problem many
times and has a very good idea of the cost to repair. The service department is not the sales department so if you pay them
to inspect, it may be more independent than you think.
If it is consignment
, and you pay the dealer's service department to inspect it, and they put a good tech on it, they will likely come up with a pretty good list with severity and cost of repairs. Talk directly to the service manager to do this, not the salesman.
If the dealer owns it
, assume it had cursory inspection for major and safety issues. If you want more, a paid inspection by a good tech in the service department should turn up stuff - a third party inspection may better.
Keep in mind as you read this Airstream forum that it is a Petri dish for major problems. We do learn what to look for here, but also need to avoid getting too worried.... many many more people come here when they have a problem, than those with the same year/model without the problems.
If it is on a dealer lot, do not be shy about asking to spend a hour or so yourself in the unit looking and getting a feel for things. Ask to hook up the power and water
If you are prepared with a list of items from folks here and get a good inspection with an Airstream expert, your odds of knowing what you are buying go way up.
Then get it for a price that leaves you room for a few repairs.