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Old 02-14-2019, 06:35 AM   #1
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Good Faith Deposit?

Being new to responding to classifieds, I have a question about securing a potential TT until you can look at it.
Is it a common practice to offer a good faith down payment until you can get there to inspect it?
I know this must be risky, and no one has asked me to do this, I'm just curious as to what is custom. With so many of these moving at light speed, hate to miss the opportunity by being slow to respond.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:05 AM   #2
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Never heard of anybody wanting a good faith down payment. With the number of scams involving fiberglass trailers, I wouldn't send anybody any money. Yeah, you might miss out on a great deal somewhere but it's much more likely that it's somebody just trying to take your money. But if you're ready and have the cash, make sure your TV has a hitch and is ready to tow your new prize home.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:41 AM   #3
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I live in a rural area and most of my vehicle, rv purchases have been made at distance.
I have never asked for a down, or been asked for a down until inspection could be made.
I have offered a time frame that I would hold an item before taking other offers and ask for the same when looking to purchase. Depending on distance etc, usually not more than 24 hrs.
I long ago decided if it ain't there when I get their it wasn't destined to be mine.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:52 AM   #4
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I’ve put a good faith deposit on every FG trailer I have bought (3), all long distance buys. Got my money back on #4 as it had serious issues.

Each deposit followed a long phone discussion, going over the condition and my requirements.

No sob stories, no buying at 25% of market. Scammers haven’t gotten very smart YET. They seem to prey on people that want something for nothing.

If you use PayPal you can get your money back.

When you are looking for a specific model, particularly from one of the less common brands, you have to convince the seller that you are a legitimate buyer and will be there in a reasonable time (no waiting until summer).

In the end there are two types of sellers out there: legitimate and scammers. Scammers are still pretty easy to spot. If you have concerns then pass. I usually ask for some additional pictures of obscure areas not in the ad. If someone can’t provide then I will pass. If scammers ever get smart it will be harder!

When the phone is ringing off the hook, buyers want some reassurance that you are legit too.

I sell a lot on C/L. I never hold an item with this exception. I tell potential buyers to call me when they leave and I will hold it until they arrive. The world is full of buyers that never show up.
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:03 AM   #5
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Had a friend put down a deposit of 10,000 on a class A motor home. Price was 300,000. He drove from NC to Ohio to purchase. Seller was in contact the entire time until he was 15 minutes from address. He arrived at address and of course the nice people there didnít own a RV. Never seen his money again. I would never pay anything until I could see the unit and the title. But thatís just 35 years of Law Enforcement talking. Depends on how much you like your money I guess. PS- Iím still on the dark side with my Crossroads 5er but enjoy the reading here.
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:43 AM   #6
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Agreed.. dont give anyone a plugged nickel until you at least see it in person. There are lots of scams going on and its just too risky.

Here is a scam just posted on this forum two days ago
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:27 AM   #7
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When it comes to scammers, anything you can do, they can do better. The ole saying "Buyer Beware" truly has meaning.
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:30 AM   #8
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Depends on the situation. A few times I have asked for a good-faith deposit when the buyer wanted me to wait a period of several days or more before consummating the transaction. I offer them a receipt in writing, with the stipulation that the deposit is forfeit if they back out of the transaction for any reason other than the item is not as represented by me, AND I am unable to subsequently sell the item for the amount agreed or greater to someone else.

Obviously, a certain amount of trust is involved here, but we are usually talking $500, not $10,000.
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I have a friend who got scammed this way. Not only was he out the deposit, he was out the plane ticket, rental car and time off work to go pick it up.

It can go both ways. I've never put down a deposit, only my word that I'll get there soon enough to keep them from considering other offers. But obviously deposits do happen and are probably only very occasionally a scam.
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Cheryl it is possible when looking to have an RV place act as go between. Costs a bit but could be best for buyer & seller.
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:49 AM   #11
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I have made such a deposit but only at a dealership with a receipt that states the terms and conditions for both parties and the conditions of refund. On a private deal it's always "cash on delivery". Anyone selling a TT likely has a tow vehicle so I ask the private seller to bring it to me.
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I have made such a deposit but only at a dealership with a receipt that states the terms and conditions for both parties and the conditions of refund. On a private deal it's always "cash on delivery". Anyone selling a TT likely has a tow vehicle so I ask the private seller to bring it to me.
Good luck if it’s long distance and an item that is easy to sell. I have delivered trailers within 50 miles.

Now I am not up for a $10,000 deposit.
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:50 PM   #13
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Being new to responding to classifieds, I have a question about securing a potential TT until you can look at it.
Is it a common practice to offer a good faith down payment until you can get there to inspect it?
I know this must be risky, and no one has asked me to do this, I'm just curious as to what is custom. With so many of these moving at light speed, hate to miss the opportunity by being slow to respond.
Thank you!
No do not give anyone any money until you see the trailer. Then if you can't pick it up right then you could give a deposit until you get back. Usually you should get back within 2-4 days. Make sure to get a receipt, an agreement if you show up or don't show up and see the title. I'd look at their ID to see if it matches the title and their address. If you can't get there before they sell it to start with then it isn't meant to be. Better to lose a wanted item than to lose your money. If you can pay with PayPal do that or with a credit card. Those things get you your money back if you get scammed.
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:42 PM   #14
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Have them take a picture of the camper with them holding today's newspaper in front of it.
Basically most likely a scam, especially if there is a low price and a number to text.
A picture of the licence plate with the newspaper and title might be nice as well
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