Check the seller: Some sellers are scammers who want to make quick money and then disappear before anyone notices a problem with their new purchase. Look for customer reports and comments from real buyers. Be sure to ask questions. If something sounds lazy or too good to be true, look for another vendor and another boat.
Examine the boat if possible: Take a test track and have it checked by a mechanic. You can even use the mechanic’s report as a bargaining tool if it is a solid ship that needs very little work.
Beware of “auction fever”: The participation of some people in a bidding war can increase the price. Decide how much you are willing to pay for a ship before bidding, and stick to it.
Are you looking for online auction sites? – Watch for redirects. Some websites look like one for Google and one for visitors. Some sites that are advertised as a place to buy repurchased boats are just places that have other government auctions than boats, or they are real scams. This violates Google’s search results policy. If you come across this policy, you’ll need to inform Google to remove it from search results and make the Web a better and safer place for boaters.
Support the little ones: There are many smaller auction sites where you can often buy boats at auctions. You can only compete against other bidders or become an exclusive bidder in a specific buyback auction.
Buy low season: In the winter months, when sales are falling, professional retailers often offer their best deals. They want to reduce inventory to have more space for newer models as spring records and sales increase.
Be sure to look at several auction sites. If you do not see the boat you want on one page, you may have another page, or you may get one later. It’s like fishing. All you have to do is be patient and do not worry about getting rid of the minnows as the big bass you are looking for might be released later in the day.
Be careful when thinking about rescuing or restoring boats. These are often hacking jobs with a new coat of paint that is not worthwhile. While some may well restore the boat, others are not interested and are willing to sell something more than they would demand from a scrap dealer.