Ok, I've been in the market to buy a TT since I sold my "weekend car" but am on a budget. I'm mechanically inclined and don't have a problem working on a project. The Air Force is moving us in a few months and I will be on a temporary assignment for about 6 months after the move and to put some extra money in my pocket, I've even considered living in a trailer for a few months. Hell, I'll live in a tent if I can make an extra $700 a month (house downpayment more than likely in 12 months).
With that being said, I don't want a complete POS. Most of the sub 20 foot TT that are <7-8 years old are $5K+, which honestly isnt a bad deal, but I'd like to spend less. I found a 2007 Cikira 16cc, 16 foot TT, sleeps 4 for a decent price a few hours away.
It does have some dings and looks like the previous owner caulked every crease on the thing and wasnt too concerned about trying to make it look presentable. An afternoon, a razor blade, and new caulk would clean it up.
It also had a tank leak and the floor was pulled out. Then new plywood was laid down and leak repaired so it does need a new linoleum or laminant floor (which I can install, no problem).
On the front corner it either looks like the owner maybe cranked it too hard and had a the truck bumper impact the corner and he just goobed a bunch of puddy on there. Probably should have taken some fiberglass so it wouldnt look so ghetto.
Anyway, a month ago, the place was asking $4K. Now they are asking $3K. I'm tempted to offer them $2500. I've done some searching online and this particular model seems to range between $7K and $10K in good shape.
Those of you in the know, owners, etc, what are your opinions on this? It comes with no warranty. I've asked the dealership to provide a quote from their mechanic on any repairs needed. Do I want them to do the repairs? Nope, but I figure if they think I may be interested in having them do it, they would be more apt to be honest on whats busted on the thing.
Would you pay $2500 or even $3K if they arent willing to budge? Thanks guys!