What to Look for When Buying a Used Boat for Sale

So you’ve decided to buy a used boat? Good for you! Buying a boat is exciting but there are a few things you should look for. Below, we’ll touch on what to look for when buying a used boat so you’ll feel confident and comfortable on your search. You’ll be out on Lake Coeur d’Alene in no time!

What to look for when buying a used boat

Where you are looking to buy a used boat, there are several factors you should be aware of. Below are just a few:

Look at the engine

Always check the engine of the boat. If it is in the water when you arrive, test it out and then request that it be taken out of the water so you can see under it from all sides. Check for any signs of damage to the propellers and look for debris that could suggest a lack of maintenance.

Look at the hull

You should also inspect the hull of the boat. Inspect it for scrapes, gouges, repairs, etc, that could suggest past damage.

Check the upholstery

Check the inside of the boat, paying special attention to the finishes and the upholstery. If there are any tears or signs that indicate lack of care, ask about them in detail. Flooring can be cleaned and seats can be repaired, but it is important to ask about everything.

Ask for history of use and any repairs

Lastly, request information regarding the boat’s history and any accidents or repairs it has experienced. This will tell you if the boat you are interested in buying has been well cared for and is in proper working order.

Things to avoid when buying a used boat

There are lots of factors to consider when buying a used boat, but there are also a few things to avoid.

Dirty and grimy engines and or hull

If you find dirty or grimy engines or hulls, this should be a cause of concern to you. This could indicate a lack of care and could signal other hidden issues that have gone unaddressed.

Vague answers

If the seller offers vague answers or appears to lack information that could be crucial to the safety and operation of the boat, you should be wary. This could indicate that they are hiding information that could turn you off the sale.

Where to buy a used boat

Now that you know what to look for when buying a used boat, you can officially start your search. Unsure where to start? Come see us at Hagadone Marine Center!

Located on Blackwell Island at the mouth of the Spokane River, we offer a unique boat buying experience that is completely unmatched by our competitors. With the largest inventory of new and used boats for sale in the nation and a team that treats you like family, you’re sure to find the right boat for you.

Give us a call today or stop by and see us – we’d love to help you find your dream boat!