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This is the Best Boat Buying Guide
Avoid these common mistakes and don’t get scammed when buying a second-hand boat. Here we provide you with essential tips for
purchasing a pre-owned (used) boat confidently. If you are a boat seller, please check out our Best Step by step guide to selling your
Boat (How to sell a used boat).
Contemplating buying a used boat?
When it’s time to think boating, and you’re contemplating a boat purchase, do I buy new or used? If you’re going to shop within the
used boat market, be prepared and avoid mishaps or scams with a list of tips that can save you a lot of money or unsafe boating. You
might even be wondering if you should be buying from a dealer. In that Ask the Boat Dealer these 10 questions before you buy it.
Used Boat buying pitfalls
It is all to common that we fall in love with a boat and thus overlook the inspection and be lured into talking about the performance
aspects of the boat. We all have that itch to just start boating! But wait, we need to do a sea trial first. This testing phase on the water is
the most vital step within the buying process after looking up the HIN History. We always recommend a thorough sea trial before
accepting a boat or making a payment. However, please do these important checks steps first!
Inspecting a Used Boat – Checklist
Just in case you’re unsure what to ask or what to look for, here is our list of the most important things to look for when inspecting a
Corrosion is a deciding factor because the majority of the metal on the boat is exposed to the corrosive environment of sun and
moisture. Add salt into the mixture and it gets magnified. Look for excessive amounts of grey/white chalky corrosion (on
aluminum) or streaks of red/brown on steel. An abundance of this could be a warning call that the unit has seen salt water. One
common overlooked fault is the use of different metal pins and bolts