jessiccarobertt Nov 23, 2012
Many people are tempted to buy a second hand boat through private sellers, as often these will appear to be the "best" deals on offer. Despite a low price tag, you should think carefully before making a purchase; private sellers are unlikely to allow potential buyers to take the boat for a test drive, and won't offer any sort of guarantee or mechanical support if a problem arises.
If you're going to buy a boat from a private seller then take your time to make your mind up. Inspect the boat carefully; look for scratches, cracks, dents and other damage. Test the cables and the steering. You could even consider hiring a professional boat surveyor to carry out a complete certified inspection. It might seem costly at the time but it can give you the peace of mind of knowing you got a great deal, and haven't been sold down the Suwannee.
Even when the boat passes inspection, you should still try to get some background information about the Shaun boat and the seller. The first step is to ask the owner - when did they acquire the boat? How much did it cost them? How much have they used it? How did they find it? What's their reason for getting rid of it? There are some great deals out there, with owners looking to make a quick sale at a low price, but there's no such thing as a free lunch; fraud and the sale of stolen property is still rife.