Originally Posted by Chillywilly
Just wondering. When I see a 2005 Scamp
on Craig's list for say 2508 bucks, can't imagine anyone would waste a phone call. But maybe it's just me being a skeptic. but I always see a red flag when I see those oddball numbers. Does anyone else see it like that?
Basic Rules about Craigs List & NADA prices
On Craig's list, "If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is". Craig's list is infested with scammers and their ads are basically blatant, and easy to spot. The buyers that get sucked in are usually those that see that something is way underpriced and think that they will be ripping off the seller without their knowledge.
In NADA: Those prices are also set to the dealers advantage. Most RV dealers do not like to take in trades and show the low prices in NADA books to justify low trade in values. Another reason is that a lot of sales are private sales and sale prices are often under reported to reduce taxes when registering. We sold a SCAMP
a few years back for close to $10,000 and the buyer reported the sale as $3500, taking a risk, but saving $600 in sales taxes.
And, if you think that FGRV prices are skewed, look up Toyota mini-motorhomes. NADA lists average retail price for a molded fiberglass, 1992, 21' Sunrader mini-motorhome as $4490. On eBay you would be lucky to get one for under $13,000 and a few have sold recently for over $18,000
Basically, FGRV's are a supply & demand item whose prices can vary as much as 50% for the same trailer based on different locations and the time of the year.