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Discussion in 'Boating' started by airforceben, Mar 21, 2007.
anybody bought a boat of ebay? im just a little afraid to bid on something i havent seen
Ben, If you do an advanced search, you will be able to search boats in your local area, allowing you to go look at them before you bid. Vern
I never have bought a boat on Ebay. But I have bought the last 3 trucks I've owned and my wifes Cad on Ebay. I have no complaints on what I have bought on Ebay. It's better than dealing with some car saleman, as you can quit any time. No line of BS to deal with.
I've never bought a boat on Ebay but I've sold boats & outboards. I've also bought outboards on Ebay.
For what it's worth, check feedback and reputation of seller. Ask lots of questions. If the seller doesn't answer specific questions, evades answering, doesn't get back to you, takes forever to respond, etc., then you know where you stand. Ask for more pictures if you need too. Someone unwilling to accommodate, isn't going to get my bid.
There's always SOME risk involved but there is for the seller also. I've had very few bad experiences.
Great advice by Shane.
You can also ask the seller to have the boat checked by a mechanic and to provide you with a report. Or you can find somebody in the area that is willing to go and check the boat for you. There are lots of mobile mechanics.
Also, check out Craigslist - www.craigslist.org
Lots of listings for boats, and you can pick the area you want to search to keep it close to home.
I bought my 24' SeaArk with 140hp 4 stroke on it off of ebay for less then half what the boat is worth after a few messages back and forth asking questions about it. I had to go to Dallas TX from here in Ohio to pick it up but I'm really happy with the deal I got.
Ben if you talk to bluesclues on here he got one off of ebay 2 years ago in ST Louis he could give you some insight.
all i got to say bout it is to make sure that the seller has a clear title for the boat and the trailer... and make sure that u get both titles before giving the full payment... if u can find one in your local area it makes it easier as u can bring cash and have the person sign the titles and turn them over to u on the spot, and then u don't have to pay shipping for someone else to go pick it up for u.
I have bought and sold many motor vehicles via Ebay. Have a clue as to value, study the sellers rep, and don't get excited. I will be listing 2 boats this week (if I find the time)