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WLS posted 09-02-2002 10:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for WLS   Send Email to WLS  
Hey All,

I am new to this board, but was wondering if anyone knows of dealers who are willing to negociate on the purchase of a new boat. You know, the ones who wont try to hold you hostage on a full boat purchase price. Thanks in advance!


JohnAz posted 09-03-2002 07:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
Buying a boat / car / or any thing of big $$ you are in control just walk out,,,
Jimm posted 09-03-2002 07:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Your profile doesn't list in which state you reside. No sense listing a dealer in NJ if you live in Texas.
lhg posted 09-03-2002 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
When I bought my new Whalers (1986 and 1989), I telephone shopped about ten dealers, all within 500 miles of my geographical locations.

Determine EXACTLY what you want, and get on the phone. You are much better off to ORDER the exact boat that you want, rather than paying for options and set-ups that you don't want on floor planned models. Don't be afraid to tell one guy what the previous guy gave you. Eventually, you'll find where the bottom is, and can make your best deal. They are hungry in the boat business these days, as sales are WAY off. Don't even call your local guy, since he's not likely to be low, and once he gives you a quote, will be mad if you buy elsewhere. This way he won't even know you, and then you can get local service from him, if and when needed. Tell him you just moved into the area, or bought on vacation on "impulse". They all want service business, it's their bread and butter. Generally, you don't need much service on a Whaler anyway, and Merc dealers are all over the place. The best long time Merc servicing dealers aren't Whaler dealers anyway.

Don't be afraid to travel to get your new boat. Boat and engine warranties are good anywhere, and marine service in general is bad (from a time-off-the-water standpoint) all over.

Dick posted 09-03-2002 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Don't rule out your local dealer for several reasons.
1. He may be as hungry as anyone else.
2. You will get better service, in most cases.
3. If you have to pay a buck or two more you are helping your local economy, which your paycheck comes from.
4. All the dealer has to do to verify warranty is to punch the motor serial number into MercNet and there is your home address at time of purchase and the selling dealers info.

The dealer can't refuse to do warranty work but sometimes a lot of loyal customers will be serviced ahead of a local who bought elsewhere.

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