Monday, July 22, 2013
Upgrading to a new RV? Tips for readying your old RV for sale
Clean as a whistle: Obviously both outside and inside cleaning is a must. Pay particular attention to "first impressions," meaning, the outside of the rig. If the inside of your rig is pristine but the outside has a visible flaw, your customer may just drive on by.
Odors: The nose knows. Lingering odors can kill sales. Most obvious suspects include the toilet and the refrigerator. Dump your holding tanks and flush them well. Some RVers put deodorant treatment down the black tank, and even the gray. If the refrigerator has a smell, put a few charcoal briquettes inside.
When a customer is coming, put your rig in the best light: If weather permits, roll out the awning, and consider putting down your grass carpet. Make sure the shades and blinds are open. Turn on the interior lights. Turn on the stereo to SOOTHING music, but keep the volume low. Make sure the refrigerator is running and cold. If weather is anything but pleasant, set the air conditioning or furnace to make the interior cozy.
Walk through: Demonstrate that all appliances and electronic goodies operate. Got automatic levelers? Run them up and down. Show that slideouts are operational. If you've got a motorhome, offer a test drive.
Make the sale? Don't get burnt by a scammer. Money orders and cashier's checks are a red flag, especially if written for more than the sale price. "Just provide me the change," could turn into a bummer when the check or money order is fraudulent to start with. Make it clear to the customer that you'll need to verify the funds before you turn over the rig and title. Check with your bank about how long items will take to clear.
Customer want to pay cash – and large quantities of it? Be happy to take him to the bank with you as you make the deposit – and verify that the cash is indeed, real cash, not counterfeit.
Always get your customer's signature on the "bill of sale," make them duplicate, and some advise it's best to have them notarized. If your state requires notification of a sale, be sure to fill out the form completely and get it filed promptly.