How to Get the Best Possible Price on a Used Boat or Yacht

BoatingOne of the things that you will come to realize very quickly when buying a boat for sale is the more money that you can save on the front end, the more you will be able to enjoy the overall boating lifestyle. Too many players get in too deep at the start by purchasing too big and costly a boat, and then they discover they can’t afford to maintain a boating lifestyle.

Here are some of the ways to get the best possible price on a used boat from

Start looking on Facebook groups or on Craigslist for some used boats in your region. The boat owners selling on these sites are not paying any listing fees, so they are more inclined to drop their price if you show up with the right amount of cash. Those who list their boat for sale in the newspaper, magazines, or boating websites, often have to pay a nice amount of money in advertising costs, so they are less inclines to bargain with you.

Once you find a boat seller who has something in your price range, take a good look at the boat and see if there is anything you could use as a bargaining chip to get you a better deal. Perhaps the motor needs a little work or the hull is in rough shape, use these to negotiate with the seller and simply explain you need to lay out the cash to make those fixes, but you would be willing to pay a different amount. If you have the cash in hand, you might get a motivated seller to drop their price to unload quickly.

Pay very close attention to the verbiage in those ads from a seller trying to unload their boat. When the boat seller is trying to sell because they have to relocate because of a job or other circumstances, time is definitely an issue. This seller does not have the luxury to sit and wait out a buyer, they have to move quickly and take offers as they come. If you can give the seller a call as quickly as possible and drop a low number on them, they might just take it out of the gate or tell you they will call you in a week if no one else delivers.

Now you see why you want to be getting the best possible deal you can on a used boat, that extra cash will certainly go a very long way.