When the times comes to sell your boat, you have a ton of different options available. Much like selling a used car, you can use dealerships, classifieds, online sites, and even auctions. Each one of these has their advantages but some are a little easier than others. Whatever option you choose, you want to make sure you are getting a good price. Boats do depreciate fairly quickly so don’t expect anything over a 60 percent return even if your boat is only 2 years old.
Dealerships are by far the easiest places to sell your boat. They might make you an offer outright or put your boat on consignment. Both options are great but the consignment option will usually get you a bit more money. The dealer puts your boat on their lot and when it sells, they take a cut. This is easy and you don’t have to bother with much at all. The dealer handles the sale and you handle the end result.
Classified ads are ok but if your boat is expensive, you might not get many people calling for more information. Let’s face it, the newspaper classified ads are just about history with the proliferation of the Intenet and specialty magazines. If you have a smaller boat, it couldn’t hurt to list it but a larger one is better off elsewhere.
The Internet is one of the best places to list your boat for sale. It can easily be viewed by people all around the country. There are tons of boat sales sites that will show a picture of your boat, all of the specs, any additional equipment that comes with it, and any other information you wish to disclose.
Auctions are also a great place to sell a boat. These can be either online or physical but both offer good results if there is interest in that area. If you put your boat up for auction in an area where boating is very popular, you might get a great price. This is especially true if your boat is unique or hard to come by. Use your judgment while selling and you should have no problems.
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