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Old 12-18-2016, 10:59 PM   #1
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How to Determine a Fair Price on a Used Rig?

I've been thinking and reading non-stop about the world of Escape. One thing is obvious, shopping for and buying used Escapes does not follow the 'norm' of RV shopping and buying. These rigs really hold their value.

My expeience has been in the non-fiberglass rv world where the rule of thumb is to offer at least 20% below asking on a used rig; perhaps as much as 25-30% below when buying new. And, non-fiberglass units take a huge hit when you drive it off the lot, just like a car. Both 'norms' appear to not be the case with Escapes.

So, that brings me to my question: How does one determine a fair price to offer on a used unit? I have seen some that are a couple years old yet priced very close-to or as-much-as new. Is there a rule-of-thumb in making an offer on these unique rigs?
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Old 12-19-2016, 12:31 AM   #2
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Not really any rules on the molded fiberglass trailers as with minimal care they last decades. Many fiberglass trailer rallies have owners with 20-30 year old rigs that look really good! Best to do homework checking the classified ads on the escape, casitaforum, casitaclub, fiberglassrv, oliver, etc forums. It's all about condition with molded rigs, as there are no sticks to rot.......

Most sell in less than a week after the ad is posted. My Casita 17LD sold in 3 hours for full asking price, which was about what I paid for it two years earlier - before adding $1500 in modifications, new batteries, new tires, etc.
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A good starting point would be to price out a brand new one with the same or similar options. But where to go from there? I have no clue.
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Basically, people get what they ask for Escapes. There are some who may have started too high or were in a hurry and dropped the price but I would guess that many if not most get what they ask. It used to be that one might deduct about $1000 off per year of age, however, now a seller could pretty much get what he or she paid. That is due to the present long wait time and the increase in prices as well as the dollar situation. Both parties can still make out because you would likely save thousands over a new model and the seller can do very well, too.

You won't know what the sellers paid unless they tell you as you cannot know by looking at the present prices. No matter how much they want, their price is likely to look good compared to what you would pay for a new model with the same features. We can see that even for ours which is a 2015.
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Old 12-19-2016, 07:27 AM   #5
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Unfortunately for buyers the prices of used Escapes in the last few years has gone crazy. People are asking and apparently getting what they paid new 10-12 years ago for the 17's anyway. There were a lot better deals several years ago.
Great for sellers but not for a buyer.

With the exchange rate right now I believe that's why so many americans are ordering new and getting exactly what they want for not much more or the same.

If you are willing to travel to Canada you will benefit from the good exchange rate if buying used but not many come up and competition is high.

I have been priced out of the market for a used Escape at this point
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Old 12-19-2016, 07:59 AM   #6
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We recently sold our 2010 17B. To determine a fair price was confusing due to drastic changes in the Canadian dollar vs the US dollar. In my thinking, it is more relevant what a new identically optioned trailer would now cost than what the original owner paid.

For example, when we bought the trailer the exchange rate was almost 1 to 1, and sometimes the CAD was even worth a bit more than the US$. But now the CAD is only about $0.75 to the US$ Had we been able to buy our trailer at today's exchange rate it would have been thousands less. I did not think it was fair that the buyer now be expected to pay more simply because we did back in 2010.

Another factor in pricing is where the trailer and buyer are located. An Escape in the Midwest or East Coast is probably "worth" more to some people than one very near Chilliwack. A trailer has to be either shipped (a significant amount) or the buyer needs to have the time to drive to and from ETI. For some, the trip is a fun experience, but for people still working full time it can be difficult to get the time.

And the care the original owner took of the trailer is very significant I believe. Is the fiberglass still shiny and new looking, or oxidized and dull? Is the interior in nearly perfect condition? Do all the major appliances work flawlessly? Are the batteries in good condition?

Ultimately, the price the owner is asking is the starting place, and then it all becomes up to the buyer to decide if that price is fair or make an offer they think is.
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Old 12-19-2016, 08:51 AM   #7
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I'm curious on this question too. Lets use KevinH numbers which are very realistic in stickies.....

Current owners: if you were selling your Escape for 30k - would you be offended if you were offered 24k or even 22.5k? How would you respond?
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Offended, no. Would just say "no thanks".

Today buyers are lining up to buy these, at or darned close to the asking price. I'd start at my purchase price and give it a week then start dropping it slowly. If you were to offer less then I asked I'd pass on it and wait for the next person as I'm in no hurry.

Might be a different story in 6 months.
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Fair price?

You never know what someone will accept until you offer. Years ago I bought a near new VW camper, it was for sale at $2900, I offered $2700 and he said "I'll take $2500." This happened in Bollinas, CA during the Free Love days. The group was going to buy a bread truck since they out grew the VW. I sold a like new 01 Ford super crew, the fellow made me an offer, I said no, he said "I had to ask."
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I'm curious on this question too. Lets use KevinH numbers which are very realistic in stickies.....

Current owners: if you were selling your Escape for 30k - would you be offended if you were offered 24k or even 22.5k? How would you respond?
Well, I know I wouldn't be offended at all. But, I would politely decline as I know the value and be willing to wait a few days for the correct price.
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