Originally Posted by Subie
Yes, you are all correct. I meant inspected. The unit is being sold by a dealer as it was traded in but because I have no knowledge about critical components to inspect, I was considering hiring a certified inspector. Wanted to know if $450 is too much for inspection. Thanks!
Yes, you want a PPI (Pre-Purchase Inspection) given your being new to trailering, as do most folks for used cars & classics. We did so before we bought our 1960
Avion T20 vintage kin back in 2012, & I'd probably do so again today - even with experience.
We were fortunate in having a great vintage Airstream Resto shop a mile from us, who also went to Albuquerque several times a year for events, where our Avion sellers lived (it also turned out that he knew the sellers socially from those ABQ vintage trailer & Balloonfest events).
He also gave us an "Opinion of Value" Report (OVR) as a part of his PPI report - which is not an Appraisal because he's not an appraiser per se - but it was sufficient documentation for AAA to give us Agreed Value insurance on the trailer.
As I recall we paid about $150-200 for the PPI & OVR back in May-June 2012, but they may be a bit higher now, and vary between inspectors. Make sure that you get a written report for your records.
You should follow the recco of the poster above for the PPI inspector resources on here using their link provided above. It's best & most cost effective to use a local or nearby inspector so that you don't also have travel costs added on to their PPI fee (we didn't because Uwe was going to ABQ anyway & did it when there on his own dime).
Being a newer Airstream, you may not need an actual appraisal yet, since they're well covered in the current market for late model trailers by NADA, , etc. - unless it has some modifications, options, accessories, features, etc. added (e.g.: Solar system, Lithium battery set-up, customized theater/auio systems, etc.).
If it does, &/or if a later date you need to make an insurance claim & aren't getting enough of a settlement, or want to have Agreed Value coverage for the full value as upgraded & condition - then you may need to get an appraisal for it.
In that case you'll be well served to contact Jim Polk at Polk Associates PolkValuations.com - & while he's here in SoCal, he does appraisals all over, & you'll probably to do the photos etc. for him - with you being in IL.
PS - maybe edit your topic's title to "Inspection" or PPI, & edit your 1st post likewise - so that you get more on topic replies.