Originally Posted by 2dabeach
Attached is a copy of the $495.00 Dealer Preparation/Travel Trailer list from a dealer we did not purchase our trailer. This was a line item on the proposed contract. We purchased a hitch along with its installation from our dealer and we negotiated the price for that service. Our propane tanks were full. Instead of mints on the pillows our dealer paid for our first year's international dues ($70.00) in the Wally Byam Caravan Club. Good luck with your Airstream, there is nothing on the road that can compare to it.
Hi..I looked over your list and, to be quite honest with you..Those are all normal items that are checked when the unit arrives from the factory and completed just before the unit is picked up for delivery. Anything that deviates from normal functions is fixed by the A/S dealer and the cost is borne by the factory. Just thought you should know..
I don't know about the membership "gift" today but, it used to be the factory paid for your first year' membership as a way of introduction for all new owners to the club.
Propane tanks being filled is normal as it should be..The propane is used to burn in the furnace (helps get rid of that newness of burning smell), check the water heater and, the stove/frig operation..
I would say, your dealer is doing an excellent job of following thru with checking the unit out..It's just the way he's passing the cost on that concerns me..
All RV dealers have a PAC cost..which, depending on how he has the "business units setup" depends on who gets a charge against them during a sales..The only one who really comes out ahead is the owner..The PAC setup is what guarantees and protects his profit.
To give you an example..
Let's just say for this purpose of disclosure.
these figures are not actual nor up to-date.
Dealer orders a A/S unit.
1.unit cost 25K$ from factory+cost to ship
2.selling price MSRP: 44K
3.salesman commission is:
20% (normal) of sales.(whatever monies left over after this
3a.unit actually sold for minus the cost from factory minus PAC.
3b.minus whatever the shop charges for dealer prep work.
3c.minus any monies he's been collecting during a non sales period.
( this can be anywhere from 150$ to 400$ a week.)
3d.All salesperson selling units get a bonus check from A/S.(100$)
4.The owner always comes out ahead..
The 495$ you paid, went straight into the pocket of either the Sales Manager/Financial Manager or, the owner's pocket.
Just depends on the agreement between the principals involved.
It's just business..
What's really the shame is..We, as consumers, can't just go directly to the factory and, buy our unit/take delivery there. aha...
btw, the deluxe gift? cost 15$ or so, by the bulk and, is a nice touch..YOU PAID FOR IT..
See ya on the road..