How to Buy a Motorboat

In this era of tough economies and the worst economic downturn in recent history, many people are starting to do away with their luxuries and focusing on the necessities. That means that there are some good bargains to be had out there if you know where to look. One of the best deals going can be had if you are in the market to buy a motorboat. If you want to buy a motorboat, you need only to keep a few key points in mind to get the best possible deal.


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    Decide if you want to purchase a new boat. They have their advantages. If you wait until the end of the model year, you might be able to get a good deal from a dealership wanting to get rid of overstock. Sales and rebates might be really good, and you will get a full manufacturer's warranty to boot. This peace of mind might be worth the extra dollars to you.
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    Consider the alternative and look for used boats. With so many people wanting to offload their boats in these times of economic uncertainty, you have an excellent chance of getting an awesome deal on the motorboat of your dreams.
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    Choose between a dealer and a private seller. If you go with a new boat, you pretty much have no choice but to go with a dealership. With a used boat, you have your choice. Dealerships try to protect their profit margin, so they will low ball a private seller and turn around and mark it up to resell it. So, although you will get a better price than on a new boat, you probably won't get the best price on that used model. Again, you might be able to get at least a partial warranty from the dealer, and the dealer will also have that boat detailed to near mint condition. A private seller will not likely have a warranty to offer or accept returns, but you will most likely get a much better price.
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    Do your research before you set sail. You have a wealth of information at your fingertips with the Internet. You are most certainly guaranteed to find some information on your motorboat desires. You will likely find the exact make, model and year of motorboat you are looking for and have a nice range of prices. This sets your expectations. Find your price and that is your line in the sand. Having a solid price in mind will help you deal with negotiations better.
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    Remember to get a full engine test before you hitch up that boat to your truck. Ask if the seller or the dealer have a drum full of water to test the engine and propeller. This is the least you can do to ensure your major purchase is going to at least run.


  • If you find a price on the Internet from another dealer, print it off and take it with you. This will be a good negotiating tool for private sellers (though, they will likely already be under that price); even better for dealerships. They might be willing to come close or even beat that price.

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