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Old 06-22-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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Seller seeking answers

I've listed my 25 foot AS on this site's classifieds as a for sale by owner. I initially priced it too high, but tried to match the comp units on Air forums, E bay, craigslist, and RV Trader. I've now lowered my asking price considerably to a bit over NADA average retail because I've been told that NADA is very low and doesn't factor in the AS residual value as it should. the unit is in excellent condition, and has been well-maintained and serviced regularly.

Aside from the assorted scams from who knows where, and offers to sell my unit for the low up front fee of from $99 to $399, I haven't had too many nibbles despite my what I think is very fair price. I owe about what high NADA retail is, and I'm including many extras including a transferrable 7 year warranty, the hitch, and much more.

My wife has recently been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and doesn't feel comfortable camping or traveling far from home any more, which is the primary reason we're selling.

Is there anything i can do to help my sale other than give it away? I'm asking $31,500 for a 2008 Safari 25 with all options except solar. It retail NADA books at between high 28 and low 29 with the options, and I owe 28. Thanks

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Old 06-22-2013, 09:54 PM   #2
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Hi, I've seen your add and the pictures. Seems to be a fair price. Maybe you were hoping for a quick sale. I think in time it will sale. I've looked at new 25'ers and the price is more than double of what mine listed for. Someone looking for a nice trailer for half the price of a new one, will probably buy yours. Give it more time.


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Old 06-22-2013, 10:04 PM   #3
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Thanks, Robert. I guess maybe I was getting antsy. I'm really in no rush and I have mixed feelings about selling. It's a wonderful rig, and the AS people are mostly very nice.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:36 AM   #4
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It is just waiting for the right buyer to come along. IMHO NADA Guide is just that... a guide and many times it is not all that accurate. Some parts of the country are better than others for Airstream Sales, time of the year, etc. I know especially in the vintage units the shorter ones are more desirable.

I think you have a fair price on yours and if I was in the market for a newer one would certainly be interested.

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Old 06-23-2013, 12:17 PM   #5
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You may want to consider having a local trailer dealer sell it under consignment from their lot. A few years ago a dealer sold mine in about a week for the price I wanted. They made their $500 commission buy selling it for more than I was asking.
They took care of all the haggling, paperwork, taxes etc. I just received a few calls from them regarding offers during the selling process. They also sweetened the deal for the buyer by adding a couple of new batteries to sell it for my asking price.
It basically cost me nothing to have them find the buyer and handle the details.
Win, win.
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Old 06-23-2013, 01:10 PM   #6
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Thanks Bluto and Aaron. I'll look into the consignment thing, especially since I purchased it new from them.

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