Not everyone who has an RV for sale by owner is listed in the newspaper, or on the Internet, or even very anxious to sell. They start out with an asking price that they know is already too high. They may just be pricing it slightly above bluebook, because they want to make sure that they do not sell their recreational vehicles for less than what they are really worth. A lot of people are selling because they have to sell. It makes a huge difference when you try and buy recreational vehicles from someone who doesn’t really want to sell, because you find out that they are not very flexible with their asking price. In addition, their asking price is probably a lot more than you want to spend anyway.
If you do a good job at finding motivated people who have recreational vehicles for sale, you should have no problem buying a recreational vehicle for 20% less than the blue book value. I have found a lot of these motor homes for sale. I used to own an RV consignment business and I would look for people that want to sell quickly. Most of the time, they don’t do a whole lot of advertising or marketing. We would consign their recreational vehicle at a low price and then we would market it really well, and eventually sell it close to the book value. The advantage of doing this is that you could make several thousand dollars with each motor, or used RV that you sold. In my opinion, the more expensive the motor home and RV was, the more money you could make off of it when you sold it. They key was to give people more for their RV when it sold than they would get at a recreational vehicle dealer. A dealership is probably the easiest way to sell an RV, but it is also the most expensive. Dealers need to have close to 40% mark up on their entire inventory in order to stay in business. Plus, if they think they can get away with giving you less money, then they certainly will try to do it. You will probably find better deals when you buy used RVs for sale by owner or if you buy rv repos directly from a bank. It is also great to buy from banks because they are often very motivated to sell quickly. The bank understands that every day they hold on to a repo rv, it loses them money and so a lot of times they sell these RVs at repo car auctions.