Tips For Buying Used Boat Motors

Are you looking for used outboard motors in the Palm Beach Gardens area? It’s important to know what you need and what you can afford. Purchasing used can save you a lot of money, but it can also be a headache if you don’t buy from a reliable source. The following are some general tips for buying used outboard motors.

 Good Brands Are More Reliable

Certain brands are well-established in the industry of outboard motors for a reason. They’re durably constructed and reliable if properly taken care of. Some of the top brands include Yamaha, Mercury, Evinrude, Honda and Suzuki. In some cases, buying used is your only option with certain motors. For example, the Evinrude E-TEC and E-TEC G2 outboard engines are being discontinued, but you can still find them used.

 Watch The Price

Plenty of people end up paying more for a used outboard than they would a new one. The main reason is that there’s no definitive price guide like there is for used cars. In order to get a good price, it’s important to do your homework on the engine. Consider the following factors in the price you pay:

 – Age

 – Hours

 – Trim and tilt

 – Warranty

 – Extras

 – Service records

Service records are a great way to know what you’re getting when it comes to a used outboard. If the owner doesn’t have service records on them, you still might be able to inquire at the shop where it was serviced.

An engine with lower hours is usually more desirable, as that means less wear and tear. However, an engine with high hours but a solid maintenance record can be better than one with low hours but poor service.

 Where To Buy

 The safest place to buy a used outboard is from a reputable dealer that is an authorized dealer of new motors from any of the big brands. It’s even better if they’re an authorized service center as well. Your next best option is to buy a used outboard from a boat owner that you know or who is known by your local boating or fishing club. From there, you might also consider local classified ads. The riskiest place to buy a used outboard motor is through remote websites where you can’t see the motor in person. 

 Buy Used Boat Motors With Confidence

At ARG Marine, we make the process of buying a used outboard much less stressful with our selection of dependable motors from reputable brands. We are one of the larger dealers in the world for used outboard engines as well as an authorized service center for outboard motors from Evinrude, Johnson, Suzuki and Honda. Our staff is committed to helping you find an outboard motor that will last for many seasons, whether you decided to buy used or new.