Selling

How to Write a Classified Ad For Your Boat

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The key to marketing your boat as a private seller is to create an ad that stimulates interest, but doesn’t come across as too, well, “sales-y.” … [Read more...]

Five Things to Do to Prepare Your Boat for Sale

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but it also helps boats sell. Make your boat as clean as a whistle before listing it for sale—inside and out. Photo by Gary Reich.

While it’s about as cliché as boat sayings get, this one certainly has some truth to it: “The two happiest days of boat ownership are the day you … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Used Boat for Sale

f you’re getting your boat ready to sell, a moderate amount of time and effort will add genuine value and help justify your asking price.

First impressions are everything when you're trying to attract buyers to your used boat for sale. Just as important as when selling a house, proper staging … [Read more...]

Price Your Boat with NADA Guides and boats.com

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How much is your boat worth? What asking prices are owners setting for similar boats? And that slightly larger boat you've been eyeing yourself—is the … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat? 10 Tips for Sprucing Up Your Engine

No used engine will look as good as this brand-new one, but a bit of time spent with cleaner, rags, and Q-tips can often get you pretty close.

It's hard to work on a boat when you're planning to sell it. You're busy with a million things, and you just want to move on. So it's tempting to overlook dirt, … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat? Use the Winter to Get It Ready

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Hopefully you’ve winterized and covered your boat by now. As temperatures drop, your hopes of selling your boat may also be depressed. The good news … [Read more...]

Assess Your Boating Situation: Buy, Sell, or Upgrade?

Fall is often transition time for boaters. Some are shopping for boats to match their changing lifestyle.

Autumn can be bittersweet for boaters. The leaves are turning colors and some of us are getting in those last few cruises before we have to put the boat … [Read more...]

Steady Boat Maintenance Pays Off When It’s Time to Sell

Good, steady maintenance habits during the time you own your boat will make it much easier to sell when the time comes.

We cover a lot of maintenance issues on Boat Trader, and offer plenty of tips on how to sell your boat more easily online. But one reason for maintenance … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat: Making the Most of Online Price Range

Online buyers usually choose price ranges when they look at boats. If you wanted to get $75,500 for your Boston Whaler 230 Dauntless, you could set a price up to $75,999 to give yourself more wiggle room in the 70K-80K range.

So you’re getting ready for one of the two best days of a boater’s life: the day you sell your boat. First, you need to establish a value for the boat. … [Read more...]

Engine Cleanliness: Use High-Quality Detergent Motor Oil

Using low-grade engine oil and delaying oil changes leads to sludge, and sludge can be a deal-breaker when it's time to sell your boat.

I once went to check out a used boat with a buddy of mine. He had owned boats before so, he was pretty comfortable looking over the boat himself, but he … [Read more...]


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