We bought new after looking at a lot of used Airstreams. In our case, we kept changing our minimum requirements as we saw more units and did more research. We tested our requirements against what we would be saving with a used unit, because the lower price was attractive. In the end, due to a number of factors (features, unresponsive sellers or ones that refused to negotiate, condition of some used units like the 2000 19' Bambi that had set on the Florida ocean front all its life and was ready to break in half) we choose new.
With a new unit, you know how it has been cared for and what happens to it is your doing--its your dirt. We generally buy new, because we keep things a long time. We keep our cars 8 - 10 years so the first years depreciation isn't such a financial blow over the lifetime of the unit. As long as I don't let Pat look at a Classic, we'll probably keep the one we just bought a long time too.
BTW: It's in covered storage to avoid the harsh Florida sun and the Atlantic seabreeze.
Randy and Pat Godfrey
Region 3 2nd VP, Newsletter Editor, Florida Unit
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