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Monday, July 5, 2010

Online Boat Auctions

Buying a boat nowadays requires a lot of effort.  First you have to do all the research on the boat – is it better suited for salt water, or is it better suited for fresh water?  Once you have done your research you then have to head down to the boat dealership to find out how much the boat will cost you.  You can end up spending weeks traveling to and from all the dealerships in your area – trying to find a deal that best suits you.  Yet you end up spending more than you want on a boat that you don’t love.  Not to mention the amount of time you inevitably have to take off from work and making money.  Going to online boat auctions saves you time and money.

Online boat auctions can be a hazardous adventure for those who do not do their research – you know, the people who see a deal on a 36-Footer, put down $5,000 (thinking it was a steal) only to realize that the boat has been in four major accidents, and was just recently fished out of a lake.  Hence the need for research.  With the volume of online boat auctions, taking the time to find the reputable boats available would be a good idea.  Remember, there are literally tens of thousands of boats available.  The vast majority does come from legitimate places such as from the government (federal, state, and local).  And more likely than not, you will end up at some form of a government online boat auction.  There you will find boats ranging from the mundane to the outrageous amphibious military vehicle.  Of course you would be wise to find out the vehicle’s history.  More likely than not, that means obtaining the Hull Identification Number (If the boat has had major work, then make sure that you get the Hull Identification Number for any replacement parts, such as the engine and transmission), and using it to get a vehicle history report.  Once you have that vehicle history report, you can make an educated decision on how much you are willing to bid.  The best decision you can make is to stick to that number.  Remember, you will more likely than not be able to find a similar boat, for the price that you set.

Now that we know the benefits of boat ownership, and possible pitfalls, we need to find Online Boat Auctions.  Relying on late night infomercials to find us great deals for pennies on the dollar is probably a very bad idea (almost as bad as putting a great white shark in your fish-tank).  Spending hours searching the Internet and newspapers is just not worth it, when you could be spending that time with friends and family. Remember to be smart and do your research, and one way to do that is to activate your free trial here. Once you have, you should be good to go, and should be able to find yourself a nice boat with Online Boat Auctions


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