Is The RV Dealer Responsible For Warranty When The Manufacturer Goes Bankrupt?
QUESTION: is the RV dealer responsible for warranty when the manufacturer goes bankrupt.Let The Good Sam Extended Service Plan Pay Your RV Repair Bills
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ANSWER: There are different types of bankruptcies, in some bankruptcies the company is reorganized and certain debts are either forgiven or a payment plan is put into place so that the manufacturers can continue operating. In the case of this type of bankruptcy the manufacturer is most likely going to be required to honor the warranty, which means the dealership can perform the work.
Now let's say that the manufacturer files for bankruptcy and closes its doors permanently, in other words, they are liquidating the company and selling off all of the assets of the company to settle their outstanding debts.
In this case there is a simple answer to this question, NO. Once an RV Manufacturer closes permanently, the dealer that sold you the RV is no longer legally required to honor the warranty.
The reason is that when an RV dealer performs approved warranty work on an RV, they are reimbursed by the RV Manufacturer for that work.
If the manufacturer is no longer in business, they cannot approve or reimburse the dealer for the cost of the warranty repairs.
The minute the manufacturer goes out of business the RV becomes what is known as an “Orphan”; you would then be responsible for paying for all repairs out of your pocket.
Remember, the RV Dealer sold you the RV; they did not build the RV. That being said, there have been some RV Dealers that have stepped up and performed warranty work on "Orphaned" RVs and not charged the customer for the repairs. In other words they eat the cost themselves.
Why to these dealers do this? Because, they truly believe in good customer relations. They hope that by doing this for you; that you will return to them the next time you are in the market for an RV or
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As a new RV buyer you will run across quite a few of these new Orphaned RVs for sale. They are brand new and being sold at "Rock Bottom" prices. You will get quite a bit more RV for the money you spend.
Some dealers will tell you that they will provide you with a warranty for the RV, if you buy it. This is where you have to careful. If the dealer is talking about an "Extended Warranty" then you have to be aware that an "Extended Warranty" does not cover all of the items that a “New RV Warranty” does.
Other dealers will actually commit to cover all of the repairs that the manufacturers New RV Warranty would have covered, had they still been in business.
If you decide that you want one of these Orphaned RVs, make sure you get everything in writing as to what will or will not be covered. This way there is no misunderstanding between you and the dealer when something does go wrong.
Keep in mind, that regardless of how well built an RV is, there will be items in the first 12 months that will have to be repaired, that is just the way it is.
I hope that this has answered your question.
If you want to know which RV Manufacturers have gone out of business in the last couple of years we have a listing here: What RV Manufacturers are out of business?
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