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If someone donated a pop up and no one bid on it, what does that tell you? It's JUNK.
Google copart.com for scams/rip off reports.
Don't buy any of that garbage, it will end up coasting you more than buying a decent used unit.
It looked like they pulled on it from the passengers side because the shackles and part of the I shaped frame were bent with the passengers rear most shackle being the worst. It tweaked it and the springs all sort of at an angle with little damage to the front and progressing to the rear. It was nothing terrible and certainly easy fabrication with welding cutting grinding skills. It would need some cross bracing steel reinforcing and hydraulic force to bend the I shaped sheet metal frame into shape. I wasn't worried about any of it and always figured I would be putting the same work into any I shaped frame rig I would ever buy. It's not an I beam it's 3 pieces welded together. My main challenge would be to get it 15 miles to the storage yard were I could then Bend it all good enough to get it home 1000 miles.
After you register can see when the final auction date is and watch your pre bid. It's been almost 3 years so I'm rusty at even explaining all of it but what happened with me is that I was in pre bid at around $5,000 and they moved the auction date up to a point where I couldn't hang around any longer as we are snowbirds. As I checked back on the unit it suddenly disappeared from the bid list. I didn't enquirer so I dont know why it happened. Maybe the owner snatched it up. The other issue with that rig that probably wasn't repairable was that the frig was stuffed full of food and had a stench that would darn near drop you. It was the worst thing I have ever smelled.
So it's like anything else, it can be good and it can be bad. There are rigs that are repairable yet to me most of it is trash. You can walk up to one of them and think wow this is nice yet when you go inside the whole interior is totally trashed because the roof has leaked so much. There are many that probably have been wet yet could be usable. I had a pretty narrow window of what I would accept but for a person who wants to get in for little money I think it could be done if you have the time to be "In the game". Meaning be there to look at the rig and follow it as it is bid on. If it was coming down to the final hours of bidding I would want to be on site and do my final inspection right then and there.
Just say I was looking at something that I wanted because the end cap or the couch or something in it is was what I was looking for and it's $125, I wouldn't be real worried about bidding on it. I could trash it if it didn't work out well.
Aside from all that, as a guy and an rv'er I thought it was a great place for entertainment. It's fun to browse all the different stuff and see huge boats that look ok as you walk up yet the whole rear end is burned off or MH that have burned. It's not a place to look at an rv on the website and bid on it then go pick it up. You could be very surprised.
I was there one day in 2015/16 for entertainment and talked to a guy who was loading an old popup. He buys them for parts and fixes one now and then.
Another interesting thing that I found is that I was able to get the vin off the rig and go to the tax office in Tomball and pay a couple dollars, sign my name, and get the owners name address and phone number and iirc the bill of sale with original purchase price!!!! Now that is scary.
I had a lot of pics but must have deleted them
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might be ok to gut for a utility trailer or parts.
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Interesting, I'd never heard of the site before. I looked and noticed that some sales apparently are for licensed dealers only. If their goal is to maximize the sale price, why do they limit the potential buyers? It doesn't make sense to me.
My understanding is that it's only for licensed dealers/repair shops... or someone with a business license.
A friend had a motorcycle shop and traveled to California many times to buy motorcycles, then he'd haul them back to his shop in WA and piece them together as "race bikes" or part them out on Ebay (selling the remaining good pieces).
They were always insurance totaled/branded title/VIN.
Copart is a huge network of auto-recyclers and does auctions as well.2009 Silverado 3500HD Dually, D/A, CCLB 4x4 (bought new 8/30/09)
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I have hauled into and out of many of them over the years and have bought from them as well.
If it is listed as donated it is because ( and those of you who claimed it was a scam read very carefully ok) they also sell vehicles.boats campers etc. that are donated to charities like United Way to be resold for those charities.
NOW,read this part carefully as well.If you see a great deal on a pop up for 125.00 it might just be a great deal and I have bought many great deals from them over the years,BUT DO YOUR HOMEWORK because on top of that 125.00 are fees that can easily total another 300 or so and the item has to be removed within something like 5 days or there is a 20.00 a day storage fee.
Not all states in Copart business areas allow private persons to buy directly,meaning you have to go thru a licensed agent and that throws another fee into it and then of course you need to get in there quick and pick it up or get it transported,remember the storage fees and they don't budge on those.
Send me a private message if I can help you further but do your homework and ask questions before you bid on anything at a Copart so you don't claim you were scammed with extra fees after the sale when you have been told about them.They are there in the fine print on their site.
With that said,Copart is not my favorite place to do business but I will always consider them if it is a great deal and the fees are reasonable and I know I can get into that yard and get it out quickly.They have actually bought many of the crashed toys yards over the years.
Also keep in mind that many of their items have a reserve so just because your high bidder doesn't mean you will win.
I hope my many,many years of experience with them has helped you and others.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK !!!
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I worked this business for more than thirty years and most problems that we had was because the buyers were not educated , did not understand " AS IS ".
If ya can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen !Many donations are just that , donations . Why would you donate ? More important things to do .Kids fly into Florida to settle Pops estate , give away his clothes , his fishing tackle and his R>V , Ain't no scam !
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