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Old 01-25-2011, 11:19 AM   #1
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Used SMBs on Sportsmobile.com

It looks like there are quite a few consinged SMBs on SMB site, and I was wondering if those owners are on the forum. Is contacting the shop directly the only way to get more info/history?
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:47 AM   #2
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Contacting SMB is the way to go for the most part. They will e-mail you more photos of the rig as well as the build layout etc. Give em' a call or e-mail they are usually pretty quick with replies.
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:31 PM   #3
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When I was looking, I contacted SMB about a van. They gave my number to the owner, and he called my back and we talked over my concerns and questions. Everyone was easy to work with.

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Part of what SMB does for sellers is weed out the casual shoppers. Don't hesitate to ask a lot of questions and get whatever info SMB has before contacting the seller. I wound up going with a whole different plan after discussing several vans with them.
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Thanks guys!
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:41 AM   #6
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Re: Used SMBs on Sportsmobile.com

I bought my van from a owner who had listed on sportsmobile.com, was an easy painless transaction
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:56 PM   #7
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Re: Used SMBs on Sportsmobile.com

FWIW, the previous owner of my SMB advertised their SMB on either Cars.com or AutoTrader.com because they didn't want to pay the listing fee of Sportsmobile. From their perspective, they probably would have been better off to list through Sportsmobile, not necessarily in terms of exposure, but to determine a fair asking price.

When I was up at SMBw getting some work done after buying the SMB, I was talking to Alan Feld, and he asked how much I paid for the SMB. After I told him, his exact words were "You stole it." All I can guess is the the previous owners were more interested in a quick sale, rather than maximizing the return.

I called on the ad the day I saw it, and a prospective purchaser was already looking at the vehicle. Lucky for me, that guy made a lowball offer, and the owners called me up and asked if I wanted to look at it. Had a deal made within a few days. The market does seem a bit slower now, so a real sense of urgency may not apply.

Lessons learned: 1) search all avenues everyday (SMB website, Craigslist, eBay, used cars site,...), 2) have your finances ready to go at a moments notice, and 3) be ready to pull the trigger quickly if you see what you want.


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You should figure out what insurance company you'll want ahead of the purchase and have some backups just in case.
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:01 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone. Yes, I am checking all online/offline sources and have found a couple of good ones I am interested in, and in the process of getting detailed info.
Per your suggestion, I did reach out ot both SMB-W/T, and they have been very helpful.
What matters most to me is the floor plan (50 type) so that all of us 4 can travel and sleep safely.

Hopefully, I will find exactly what I want by the end of Feb..
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