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Old 01-15-2015, 08:44 PM   #1
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NADA vs classifieds

Since we are seriously talking about an Airstream, I thought I'd check the classifieds to see if there is anything that might be of interest. I found one that sounds good, but is well out of our price range. Then I checked NADA, and discovered that their price for that coach is about 1/3 of what the seller is asking. That price seems way too low.

From what I've seen on other forums for upper-end, lower-volume coaches, NADA seems to be low, and the older the coach the farther off NADA seems to be. That said, NADA pricing is a data point. Since it seems that more Airstreams are sold privately than traded in, that may explain why NADA doesn't have much data to work with.

How does one determine a fair price for an older coach, especially one that has few "siblings?" We're looking at 34' coaches from the late 90's.
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:08 PM   #2
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David look at the AirForum classifieds and RVTrader.com to try and find some comparables. You are 100% correct that NADA undervalues Airstreams. Just a guess that they use similar algorithms as other other trailers in the absence of real data. Also would agree that most used are not sold through dealers.
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:08 PM   #3
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You are right, NADA is way low, so the data is not really worth much. Also, most everything for sale in the classifieds is negotiable, so what they are asking, and what they will take are usually two different things.

Believe it or not, Craigslist is a good place to search for used Airstreams as well as EBAY. The odds of finding just the right trailer in your home town is pretty slim, so you need to understand a trip to go see the trailer is almost a must.

To help with your search on Craigslist, give this nationwide search engine a try, it's how we found the trailer we now own: Search Craigslist by state and more.

Good luck on your search.
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Old 01-15-2015, 11:31 PM   #4
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NADA means that..."Na Da", zero, zip, nuthin when it comes to "recreational" devices.

I have sold boats, motorcycles, etc..for more than NADA and less. It is, a "data point" only. It appears to "assume" the RV device received use as a Bangladesh Taxi...in the rainy season, with no maintenance being considered or performed. Yes.. My opinion.

What you can do, is up to you. You can "start" at the NADA level then evaluate your target... New parts? Well maintained? Ready for the Bangladesh scrap heap?????? The. Put your value on them.

For instance... New batteries? New converter? All systems reliably function? New/serviceable tires? Last documented or verifiable axle/wheel/brake service? Visible dents, dings, other character marks????

Our 34 looked good but we found it in need. All has been resolved and it is a pleasure to own. We paid over NADa but did not finance.
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Condition is everything if it has the features you are after ... NADA is barely a GUIDE and they say so ...
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NADA bases their pricing and depreciation on a ten year life cycle, just like a car. If you thnk about it, in most cases, that is about right. Think of the last ten year old travel trailer you saw. That life cycle is not the case with most Airstreams, but NADA doesn't differentiate.
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Have you found the NADA suggested list prices to be accurate? Helpful to know what a unit cost new as well.
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