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We are looking to purchase an RV from a private seller near Midland Texas. He purchased it for an oil engineering job there and now does not need it. It is a lightly used 2019 Grand Design Reflection 315 RLTS. We are placing it on a lot in Elkton, Oregon for now. I am currently in Beatty, NV and can't go grab it if we purchase it due to the fact I live full time in a truck camper which is on my rig. I can't tow with my camper on it. Preferably, we would like to purchase the rig with a small down payment, have it moved by an RV moving company to Oregon, and pay the balance due as a COD when delivered. Also, I would like to add a contingency of an inspection by me when it arrives in Oregon. It still has structural and roof warranty on it. He says there are no issues with the rig presently. Does this sound feasible and how have others done a purchase such as this. Also, since my partner worked in a bank for years, she is vigilant about scams. How  do we confirm he is the owner? We hate to send even a small down payment to him unless we can confirm that. He sent the purchase agreement from the RV dealer and the VIN number. I also have his license plate numder. Any ideas on how to confirm. Thanks, Scott
P.S. If I go pick it up, I have to tow it to Oregon, then drive back here to get my truck camper which I would have to store somewhere. It is a logistical hassle and an large economic cost. Not much more expensive to pay someone to deliver it. He is giving me the company contact that towed it for him to his site in Midland. It has been towed once 300 miles since he purchased it.
NEVER buy an RV without seeing it in person and holding the CLEAR TITLE in your hand, before paying anything.
I have never bought a vehicle sight unseen. This is not a small purchase. I once flew to California from Texas to check out a car (bought it and drove home). I was prepared to eat the price of the round trip ticket if I didn't buy it and did eat the price of the return ticket. I would fly out and check it out in person. Personally I would not ship mine anywhere with the promise of COD. Good luck with getting that approved.

Look at the title, VIN and drivers license.

You are close to Oregon now. Go drop the camper there and then go to midland if you aren't going to fly.
(03-26-2021, 12:11 PM)Camper Wrote: [ -> ]NEVER buy an RV without seeing it in person and holding the CLEAR TITLE in your hand, before paying anything.
Thanks for the feedback. We actually did buy the truck camper we have used for 3 and a half years sight unseen in 2017. It was in Wenachee, WA and we were still near Albany, NY getting ready to go full time. It worked out well in that instance. Maybe we were lucky?
(03-26-2021, 12:16 PM)B and C Wrote: [ -> ]I have never bought a vehicle sight unseen.  This is not a small purchase.  I once flew to California from Texas to check out a car (bought it and drove home).  I was prepared to eat the price of the round trip ticket if I didn't buy it and did eat the price of the return ticket.  I would fly out and check it out in person.  Personally I would not ship mine anywhere with the promise of COD.  Good luck with getting that approved.

Look at the title, VIN and drivers license.

You are close to Oregon now.  Go drop the camper there and then go to midland if you aren't going to fly.
Thanks for the feedback. I would understand his trepidation also. How about hiring an RV inspector to look it over prior to any money changing hands? I am 1000 miles from my Oregon destination still. Do you know if Uhaul or anyone else would have rentals for towing so that I could just tow it myself?
So how about from the seller's view?

I would never jump through hoops for anyone to sell anything.... unless I was desperate to unload a burden.

A small down payment.. and then an inspection AFTER you have taken it OUT OF STATE??.. Are you going to refuse to pay if it doesn't meet your criteria on arrival??

Talk about being vigilent about scams.

If you have the plate and VIN you can confirm ownership.

There are hordes of campers..et al in the northwest. Save shipping costs and buy locally.

It's a sellers market and terms aren't dictated by the buyer.
U-Haul does one way rentals. Probably need at least their smallest moving truck to tow with.

https://www.uhaul.com/Truck-Rentals/
Thanks!
(03-26-2021, 12:31 PM)desert_sailing Wrote: [ -> ]So how about from the seller's view?

I would never jump through hoops for anyone to sell anything.... unless I was desperate to unload a burden.

A small down payment.. and then an inspection AFTER you have taken it OUT OF STATE??.. Are you going to refuse to pay if it doesn't meet your criteria on arrival??

Talk about being vigilent about scams.

If you have the plate and VIN you can confirm ownership.

There are hordes of campers..et al in the northwest. Save shipping costs and buy locally.

It's a sellers market and terms aren't dictated by the buyer.
I know it's a seller's market right now. This actual model is not common for sale used. The NW only has one I can find and it's overpriced. What about hiring an inspection first as it sits?
I wouldn’t do that for anything. There are RV inspectors though that you can hire to check out everything.

If I was the seller I wouldn’t do that either. It wouldn’t leave my yard without being paid in full.
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