If you have been looking into Airstream travel trailers you will find they go back as far as the 50’s. This is because they last long and owners don’t like to let them go. Here are 4 simple steps to finding the best used Airstream trailers.
Step #1 – Find The One You Want
With so many options available you will need to take the time to find the one you really want. Get online and look up dealers in your area. You can also look for websites that specialize in selling Airstream trailers. There are quite a few sites out there that do this. Be sure to check out the site before doing business with them. You want to make sure they are legit.
Step #2 – Research Models
There are a variety of different models you can purchase. For example, the Airstream Bambi camping trailers are very popular trailers. However it might not be the model you need. You have to find the one that has the specifications best suited to your needs. I would suggest writing down all of the things that are important for you to have with your trailer.
Then narrow that list down and write down the must haves. Based on that information you can find models that fit what you want. You also need to decide on your budget.
Step #3 – Figure Out Maintenance Costs
It’s not cheap maintaining a trailer. When you are looking at your budget you also need to factor in what it will cost to keep the trailer going. This means repairs and any damage that may arise. You can either do your research online or you can contact repairmen to get estimates.
Once you get an estimate of the maintenance costs you can subtract that from the overall value of the camper. You will also need to add in any improvements that need to be done. These improvements will go beyond the normal improvements such as installing new cabinets. Once you come up with all your figures you will compare it to the asking price and come up with a price you are willing to pay.
Step #4 – Negotiate
You should never pay the asking price unless the trailer is in pristine condition. Always try to negotiate. Get the price down to something you feel is fair and affordable. Don’t try to cheat people when you negotiate. Be fair. Treat them just like you would want them to treat you.
When you are negotiating let them know why you came to that price. For instance, if there is a serious issue like the electricity, let them know. Sometimes the seller will offer to fix certain things instead of lowering the price. Once the two of you have agreed on a price you will need to make payment. Be sure to get everything in writing before finalizing the deal.