Boats can be expensive, but that’s no reason to allow yourself to be taken advantage of. If you’re looking for a good deal on a boat, looking at used boats for sale is the ideal solution.
Below are some good precepts to keep in mind as you perform your used boat search:
For starters, it’s not necessarily a good idea to purchase a boat from a broker.
They certainly simplify the process of finding a boat, but they also markup the price. This is understandable, of course. How else would they get paid? So if you prefer convenience over saving money, a broker very well might be the right decision for you.
However, there is another option. You can try to buy a boat directly from the owner.
By doing so, you will cut out the middleman. Not only that, but it is sometimes easier to meet up with an owner than it is to travel to a dealer. Obviously this isn’t always the case. It will depend entirely on where you live.
But if you want to get a good deal, make sure you spend a fair amount of time looking at your options. Don’t expect that the first owner you talk to will be holding the perfect boat for you.
Check online for used boat listings.
There are some sites dedicated entirely to the subject. There are also miscellaneous sites where people can sell virtually anything. The important thing to remember is that you aren’t dealing with a big, reputable company that needs to keep its good name intact. Rather, you are dealing with a single individual who might not do everything “by the book”.
There are people who attempt to commit fraud. Always make sure that they not only let you see the boat, but let you drive it before you give them any money. You want to know that the boat works, not to mention that they actually own it.
Don’t get the wrong idea. The internet is not a place filled with people who are only out to scam you. The vast majority of the people who are trying to sell you something online are legitimate. None of this changes the fact, however, that you should be careful and make sure that you are protecting yourself from anything unpleasant that could potentially happen.
Before making a purchase or meeting with an owner, you should check the listing for evidence of legitimacy.
The listing should include photographs, basic information about the boat, information to get in touch with the owner of the boat, and the owner should be willing to meet up with you. If at any point they mention wiring money into an account, especially one that exists outside of the country, you can be almost sure they are trying to scam you.
You will also want to take the price into consideration.
Be sure to set up a budget before you start looking at the listings. You don’t want to agree to a sale only to realize later that you don’t actually have enough money to pay for the boat without failing to pay the rent or the electricity bill.
Be weary of anything that seems to be priced “too” well.
If similar models are priced in the tens of thousands, and you find one that only costs a few thousand, you can be almost positive it is a scam, or that the boat is in very bad shape.
But you shouldn’t necessarily dismiss these listings outright. Sometimes people simply find themselves in a situation where they need to sell a boat fast, even if they don’t earn as much as they could if they had more time. Just be extra cautious.
Buying a used boat directly from the owner is a great way to buy a high quality boat at a much lower price. As long as you take the time to discuss everything in detail, meet up with the owner in person, check out the boat and how it works, it is worth the time and effort that it takes to find a good deal.