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Old 08-14-2009, 08:12 PM   #15
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Cash Deposit

Money talks, BS walks. I have sold and purchased a fair bit of equipment over the years. If I had $5 for every person that looked at something and was going to "get back with the money tomorrow" I could probably retire. If someone offers me a reasonable deposit 1%-10% of purchase price I would be willing to hold it for a reasonable period of time. Not months on end. If I want to purchase something and don't have the money or the check handy I will ask if they will take a deposit and have one ready to give them. There are quite a few people that I deal with where a word is as good as a deposit, but we have been dealing with each other for years.


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Old 08-14-2009, 08:38 PM   #16
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I understand how frustrating a long Search can be, but I can say as a seller of boats and other such merchandise-- there are a LOT of people who have assured me they are in love with the product, and then disappear never to be heard from again. They have "called from the car, on the way over" and never materialized.

It's not really any skin off my back, I wouldn't hold it for them anyway. First buyer to my house with cash gets it. That's just business, and even as a Southerner, I just don't have the time or patience to deal with flakes. So, I don't bother.

The sentiment doesn't help you any, but I hope the information will.

And finally, I will pass on the BEST bit of advice I received as I conducted my Airstream Search-- there is ALWAYS another one.

You WILL find yours, and when you do, you will be delighted.

Good Luck,

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Old 08-14-2009, 08:53 PM   #17
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Well old friend we never had this problem. Your good word was always good enough for me, we just could not get it down to you!!! I hope you find your dream unit for you and Linda.
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:23 PM   #18
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Andy, you are very correct. Your camper still looks so good to me.

Linda and I will find one someday but it sure is a lot harder than I thought it would be.

A couple deals have really surprised me since I talked to you and you were so easy to talk to..........

Thanks for joining in here and and my sincere best wishes to you.

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Old 08-14-2009, 11:35 PM   #19
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When we found our TT we put a deposit down on our A/S the sellers were very accommodating. We got money from our credit union w/o any problem. If we would have thought there might have been any trouble with financing, and we were serious buyers, would make sure to have the funding arranged with before making an offer. Cash is King, but if you have your financing approved before hand you really shouldn't have much trouble with sellers.
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:40 AM   #20
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I've been on both sides of this coin. I want to trust people, but I've been burned several times selling things just as some of you others on here have by unscrupulous buyers. Hard not get jaded by that.

I would hold it a couple days if the guy really seemed genuine. But that's all.

When I sold my Excella, I said "cash only." A guy came along and I did agree to hold it for him, on his word, for a couple days for him to get cash (said he could write me a check right there), but had he not shown up, she'd have gone back on the market. But, the guy came back the next day with cash and it was a done deal.

When I bought my Avion, I drove nine hours to get it. I took a big stack of Benjamin's with me. A little risky maybe, but you bring the full amount in cash and the seller knows you're serious. He had the clear title, I had the cash, done deal. Now I'm a happy camper

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Old 08-15-2009, 12:12 PM   #21
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The more you sell and buy,
the more you get burned,
so is best to leave or recieve a cash deposit
Your opinion is valued, please not your opinion of someones else's opinion.
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Old 08-15-2009, 01:05 PM   #22
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I have to agree with REDNAX (post 5). I bought our TT by putting down a 10 % deposit. We had the money in the bank but seller wouldn't take a check. We even offered to let them keep TT & all paper work till check cleared. So we went to ATMs to get cash for deposit. The seller gave us 2 weeks as our money was in a NY bank. He was willing to give us this deal in writing. Very important when handing over cash to a stranger. We had to write a check to ourselves, deposit it locally, wait till it cleared then take cash out of local bank.
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Old 08-15-2009, 02:36 PM   #23
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Hi, as somebody who recently purchased a 1974 22 ft rear door Argosy, sight unseen! Maybe I got really lucky. I could not travel to Ohio from NYC to see it, through this Forum i contacted a local inspector (word up Ganglin!) who check it all out for me.. at this stage I had sent a $1000 deposit, as soon as I got a ALL CLEAR that it did exist and was in good shape, i sent seller another deposit, whilst I arranged local transportation and delivery. Lastly I express mailed the final check (these were all personal checks) seller released trailer, but held title till final check cleared and then express mail me the title. It all went so well and I have to think, it was because it was meant to be!
hang in there your trailer could be around the corner.
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Old 08-15-2009, 02:59 PM   #24
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We put a cashiers check deposit on ours sight unseen (but lots of pics), with the understanding that the seller would hold it until spring when we could get to it (it was in AL). The understanding was also that if, for some reason we didn't want it or couldn't finish the deal, the deposit was the sellers. We also offered the asking price, since we were asking them to hold it for us for about 2 months. Worked out well. We took a cashiers check down for the rest, made the exchange after we had seen the trailer, and were satisfied with it (no surprises there).
You'll find the right one, and it will go well when you do, BECAUSE it's the right one!
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Old 08-15-2009, 03:49 PM   #25
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I can understand your frustration, however several times with cars and motorcycles buyers have told me, "I'll be back tomorrow with the cash" yet they never return or give a courtesy call. After turning down other buyers and having these "no shows" to deal with, I have learned it is best for everyone to get a deposit or consider it still on the market.

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