Are you considering timeshare ownership? Before you make a decision, it’s important to be aware of the hard-sell tactics used by some timeshare sales representatives. By understanding these tactics, you can be better prepared to protect your interests and make an informed decision that is right for you. Let’s look closer at Timeshare: Escape the hard sell.
Timeshare salespeople often employ several sales tactics to influence potential buyers. One of these tactics is the use of high-pressure sales techniques, such as emotional appeals and limited-time offers. Other timeshare sales representatives may attempt to minimize the downside of timeshare ownership or emphasize only the positive aspects. Still other timeshare providers may offer incentives that are too good to be true, such as free vacations or discounted rates.
These tactics can be very persuasive and make timeshare ownership seem like a great deal. However, it’s important to remember that timeshare ownership comes with significant financial and legal obligations. Before signing any agreement, it’s essential to read the fine print and understand your rights and responsibilities as an owner.
Conduct Thorough Research on Timeshare
Set Your Budget for Travel and Vacations
Another way to escape the hard sell is to set your budget and stick to it. This means being clear about how much you can afford to spend on a timeshare, including any maintenance or annual fees. Don’t let a salesperson convince you to stretch beyond your financial means. Remember, this is a commissioned salesperson that is trying to make a sale, not to help you find the best deal for your budget.
Inquire Thoroughly on Details
When considering a specific timeshare company or resort, it is important to ask detailed questions to ensure you’re making an informed decision. Don’t hesitate to inquire about various aspects of the timeshare and be cautious of any high-pressure sales tactics. If the salesperson is unwilling to address your concerns, consider it a warning sign that the deal may not be in your best interest.
Before purchasing a timeshare, consider asking the following types of questions:
Properties and resort amenities: Inquire about the on-site amenities, recreational facilities, and available services included in the vacation program. Also, ask if there are any plans for future upgrades or additions to the home resort property.
Maintenance fees and other costs: Investigate the current annual budget, history of maintenance fees, taxes, and other associated costs. Determine how often these fees increase and if there are any limits to these increases.
Timeshare usage and flexibility: Ask about the available timeshare usage options, such as fixed weeks, floating weeks, or points-based systems. Assess the flexibility and ease of booking your desired vacation times and locations.
Exchange and trading options: Inquire about the possibilities of exchanging or trading your timeshare with other properties within the same company or through external exchange networks. Understand the associated costs and limitations.
Terms and conditions: Request a detailed explanation of the terms and conditions associated with the timeshare purchase, including your rights and responsibilities as an owner.
Resale and exit options: Discuss the process of reselling your timeshare or exiting the agreement, should you decide to do so in the future. Understand the fees, restrictions, and potential challenges associated with these options.
Financing options: If you plan to finance the timeshare purchase, inquire about the company’s interest rates, loan terms, and potential penalties for early repayment. Check with outside financing sources to compare rates and terms.
By thoroughly investigating these aspects of a timeshare purchase, you can better understand the various costs of owning timeshare and avoid potential pitfalls.
Take Your Time Reviewing an Offer to Purchase
One of the most effective ways to escape the hard sell is to take your time. Don’t make any decisions on the spot. Take some time to think about the offer and do some more research. Consider whether the timeshare is a good fit for your lifestyle and whether you can afford the ongoing fees in the future. There is actually no real “Today Only” deals. If you are still interested after taking time to think it over, you can always return to the resort or property and make the purchase at a later date.
Consider Renting Timeshare
If you’re not sure whether timeshare ownership is right for you, consider renting a timeshare first. This will give you an opportunity to try out the resort or property without making a long-term commitment. You may also be able to get a better deal on a rental than on a purchase. If you do decide to purchase a timeshare in the future, you’ll have a better idea of what you’re getting into.
To summarize, timeshare ownership can be an good way to enjoy regular vacations, but if you are not yet ready to commit, it’s important to escape the hard sell. By doing your research, setting your budget, asking questions, taking your time, and considering renting, you can make an informed decision on timeshare that is right for you. Remember, the salesperson’s job is to make a sale, but you don’t have to be pressured into making a decision that is not in your best interest.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes and is not intended as legal advice. Potential new timeshare owners should consider reviewing any sales contracts with a qualified timeshare attorney to best understand the timeshare agreement. Doing so can help ensure that timeshare ownership is a positive experience for all involved.
Led by timeshare attorneys J. Andrew Meyer and Michael D. Finn with a combined 75 years of experience, the Finn Law Group is a consumer protection firm specializing in timeshare related matters. If you would like a free consultation, please contact our office to set up an in office or telephone meeting. You can reach us at 855-FINN-LAW or email [email protected]
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