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Traveller posted 01-28-2007 06:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for Traveller   Send Email to Traveller  
I just got back from a boat show and was amazed by the listed MSRP of the 2007 Montauk 170. The boat was equiped with a front cooler seat, swim platform, and factory sun top with boot. They had a sticker on the boat showing the MSRP as being over $30,000, with a "boat show discount" that brought the price down to just over $25,000. A quick check of whaler.com shows that the MSRP for the 170 Montauk with the options at the show is $25,040 - about the same as this dealer's discount show price. Is it typical practice to show an absurdly high price as the MSRP at a boat show so that the show discount brings it more in line with what BW says the boat should list for?
HuronBob posted 01-28-2007 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for HuronBob    
Heck...the dealer is throwing you $40, be happy!

"buyer beware"
"do your homework"
"a fool and his money...."

We don't have all these sayings because salespeople are honest!

/disclaimer... I'm sure there is an honest salesperson out there, but they are just too well hidden for me to find on a regular basis!

Jimm posted 01-29-2007 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Traveller, what you probably did not notice is that the Montauk you speak of had the special rust proofing, uncoating, high gloss wax and other extras that normally only raise the price of a new car in NJ about 2 or 3 grand! I know - this is apple and oranges because we're talking boats and not cars. (:
Livingwater posted 01-29-2007 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Livingwater  Send Email to Livingwater     
Did the dealer also failed to mention that your entitled to a $1000.00 cash rebate if purchased by Feb. 28, 2007?
Scott Grey posted 01-29-2007 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
I'm not sure what the correct pricing is for the different whalers, but when i bought mine i went in to look at what they had in stock, one thing led to another about pricing and down payment of about 10 percent average and they held there guns on the price...untill they ran my credit which is very, very good (they used the word outstanding!) and then they give me a price of about $8,000 less than we originally talked about. I told them i would go home and sleep on it and 2 days later a called them and told them to take $3,000 off there offer and they had a deal. This was also with no money down. With most options ( 150 verado, DTS, fishing package, bow cusion)and a really nice custom t-top that cost them $4,600 which i have the receipt for, i paid $37,900 (about $40,000 out the door with tax, tag and all. This was a huge spread in price, but I feel i got a fair deal.
Scott Grey posted 01-30-2007 12:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
Also, they had a 190 outrage exactly the same without the t-top for about $35,000 plus tax and all. Both boats are late model 2006.
swist posted 01-31-2007 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
The practice of inflating MSRP to give an illusion of a bargain probably goes back as far as man was selling anything. I dare you to find out the wholesale price the seller paid to the manufacturer - that's the only thing that counts when figuring out what kind of deal you are getting.
sheikofthesea posted 02-09-2007 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for sheikofthesea  Send Email to sheikofthesea     
Just bought a new Montauk 190. What do you mean Livingwater that the buyer is entitled to a 1000 cash back rebate if bought before 2/27?


Traveller posted 02-09-2007 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Traveller  Send Email to Traveller     
Sheikofthesea -

The information regarding cash rebates is at the following site:

http://www.whaler.com/Rec/default.asp?content=splashcash

Unfotunately, it looks like the Montauk 190 is not one of the models eligible for a rebate at this time.

sheikofthesea posted 02-12-2007 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for sheikofthesea  Send Email to sheikofthesea     
Argggh, the 190 Outage but not the 190 Montauk. Guess they want to hold the line on their new boat.

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