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How to Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection for an Out-of-State Repo

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Unlike new and used vehicle purchases from a dealership, repos are sold “as-is.” This means that you buy the car in its current condition with no option for a refund. In return for an “as-is” sale, you get a vehicle at a highly discounted price. Inspecting the repo ensures you bring home a safe and reliable car that may only require cosmetic improvements or minor repairs.

But, what happens if you find a car that you love but in a different state? This is common with repos as inventory can be limited. Below are some tips on how to get a pre-purchase inspection for an out-of-state repo. 

Gather information on the vehicle 

When you use a repo finder tool like RepoFinder.com, you can shop for repos by state. So, let’s say that you broaden your search and find a repo a couple of states over. The first thing to do is let the seller know that you are interested. There’s usually a Contact button that allows you to contact the seller. They may even be able to give you more information about the car’s condition. 

Inspect the online photos 

Take a close look at the photos available online. You can learn a lot from online auction photos, such as the condition of the interior and exterior, frame damage and wheel misalingment. Having lots of pictures is a good indication that the car is in fair shape. If you’re having trouble getting photos, it may mean that the seller is trying to hide damage. 

Send out a local mechanic 

If everything looks good so far, send out a mechanic who can assess the vehicle for you. Here is a great resource from the IAA that lists qualified companies that provide vehicle inspection services. Find an inspection company in the state the vehicle is in and ask about their availability. 

Notify the seller

Let the seller know that you plan to have the vehicle inspected. Coordinate with the seller and the vehicle inspection service to place an appointment. It’s possible that the two parties can talk to each other to figure out a good time, but this rarely happens. Instead, expect to schedule this appointment on your own after speaking to both parties.

Get the results

Because this is a repo sale, the seller may not bring it to a mechanic. You’ll most likely count on the mechanic to travel to the site on their own time. So, expect to pay around $250 or more for this. Once the mechanic has checked everything, they will give you an update over the phone. Mechanics don’t always catch everything, but at least you’ll have a pretty good idea if the car is worth buying or not.

Out-of-state repos are definitely more of a hassle than in-state ones, but sometimes people can’t find what they’re looking for unless they expand their reach. For a complete list of repo cars, trucks and recreational vehicles in or around your area, visit RepoFinder.com

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Can You Really Save Thousands on a Bank Repo RV?

Are you drawn to RV living? You certainly aren’t alone. The RV industry has seen tremendous growth over the years because it’s an affordable way to see the country. Plus, if you’re handy, you can purchase an inexpensive bank repo RV and transform it into a classy and cozy home for you and your family. 

So, can you really save thousands by choosing a bank repo RV? The short answer – yes. In order to save as much money as possible, it’s important to know what to look for. Below are some tips for saving thousands of dollars on your next RV purchase. 

Lenders Have the Lowest Prices  

Start with lenders and find out how they manage their repossessions. This is better than searching online for repo RVs, as you’re more likely to come across dealerships selling them than lenders and credit unions. While there’s nothing wrong with buying a previous repo from a dealership, you will pay a lot more for it. For the best deals, stick to lenders, banks and credit unions in your area. Find a full list on RepoFinder.com

Negotiate with the Banks 

Banks and lenders will try to get what they can for repossessions, so they may be willing to go below the listing price. The only way you’ll know is by asking. Sometimes, the listing will say, “Prices negotiable. All reasonable offers considered.” Other times, it won’t be as clear. You don’t want a low-ball offer to prevent you from getting the RV, so arm yourself with solid information, make a compelling offer and have a counteroffer. 

Choose RVs with Good Resale Value 

Now, this is a bit of a personal suggestion. If you don’t mind these smells, you may not mind taking on an RV that has them. However, RVs that have strong pet or cigarette odors were probably used for long-term living, and it may be difficult to get the smell out. Plus, if you choose to sell the RV in the future, you may have a hard time doing so. Air out the RV for a few minutes during the inspection to see if it helps the problem. 

Always Inspect the RV Before Buying 

As with any repo purchase, we always recommend that buyers inspect the vehicle. On an RV, you should inspect the brakes, engine and radiator, as well as look for signs of leaks. As you know, there is more to RVs than the vehicle side. You’ll also need to inspect the toilets, showers, windows, awning, lighting, power ports and so on. Here’s a great article to refer to. 

For a full list of bank repo RVs in your state, visit RepoFinder.com.

repossessed used RV

Repossessed RVs: How to Spot a Great Deal

Are you interested in buying a recreational vehicle (RV), but you don’t want to spend a fortune? A great option is a foreclosed RV, which is an RV that has been repossessed by the creditor after the buyer failed to make their payments. In order to recoup their losses, the creditors sell these vehicles at a discounted rate. Their loss is your gain. The price of the repo depends on a number of factors, but some people are able to purchase a good quality RV for half the retail price.

To ensure you are getting a good RV at a good price, it’s important to do your research, know what you are buying and know who you are buying from. Once you walk away with a repo, it’s yours, so you want to know what you’re taking home. 

Below are some helpful tips for picking out a great RV. To browse the inventory of recreational vehicles from creditors in your state, visit RepoFinder.com

Buy Direct from a Lender

If you do a quick search of repo RVs, you’ll come across dozens of listings. Be careful, as the majority probably aren’t real repos. Instead, they are dealerships disguising themselves as repo auctions to sell used and new RVs.

In other cases, the dealerships acquire repo RV inventory and provide repairs on them. However, they add their markup, so you’re not paying any less than you would for another used vehicle. Your best bet is to go directly to the source – creditors, banks and lenders in your area. RepoFinder.com has everything sorted by state. 

Identify a Good Deal 

It’s exciting to be buying a new RV for your road trips and excursions, but don’t let this override a rational decision. Just because you see a decent looking RV at a good price doesn’t mean it’s worth it. Here are a few ways to identify a good value. 

  • Pick the right seller 
  • Research the RV market 
  • Find out the fair market value 
  • Inspect the RV 
  • Place your bid 

Considerations to Make 

Repo RVs can be a great buy, but you do have to keep a few things in mind. For instance, if you’re in a time crunch, we do not recommend buying a repossessed RV. Finding a good RV takes time, and you have to be prepared to do your research, inspect the vehicles and place a bid (that you may or may not win). 

Second, you should always inspect the RV. It’s likely that you’ll find one that isn’t nearby, so you’ll need to drive out to that location and decide if you want to place a bid. If you don’t know a lot about RVs, you’ll have to pay to have it inspected and possibly delivered to your home

Lastly, anticipate some maintenance or repair costs. While you can find repo RVs in great shape, many have not been taken care of by their owners. Be sure that you have enough room in your budget to pay for these repairs. If the RV is newer, find out if it still has its warranty. This can give you some added peace of mind. 

If you’re looking for a repo RV from a reputable creditor, check out RepoFinder.com. Inventory changes frequently, so be patient and check back often!