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Avoiding scams

Over the years, we've seen and heard numerous stories of scams aimed at both buyers and sellers of RVs. This article is an attempt to collate these stories and distill them into a document that will help others avoid being scammed.

Red flags
Some factors are common among scams, although some of these may also be found in legitimate offers and transactions.

  • Unsolicited emails offering to sell or buy.
  • Poor grammar, sentence structure and spelling.
  • Payment for your RV by cashier's check.
  • Offer for your RV for anrealistically high price.
  • Offer to sell for an unrealistically low price.
  • Requests for you to pay up front, sight unseen.
  • Offers to use an escrow company not of your choosing.
  • A promise to refund payment and/or shipping costs if your purchase doesn't meet your expectations.
  • The use of an agent for a buyer or seller to conduct the transaction; The agent is often in another country.

Links to stories of scams
Here are links to examples of reported scams:

Buying experience

Selling experience.

Steps you can take to help avoid being scammed

  • Don't make any payment until you've inspected the RV, or had it inspected on your behalf.
  • Check the NADA Price Guides to understand what a realistic price range might be.