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Old 08-29-2018, 05:19 AM
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First, take a few bucks and learn how to negotiate.
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Old 08-29-2018, 05:24 AM
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If you trade it back in is Dealer #1 going to give you 8k more on trade in? I doubt it so that should be your answer.
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Old 08-29-2018, 05:30 AM
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Originally Posted by highrisk98 View Post
Something to be said for both.....

Iím in Florida and Virginia.....boat goes back and forth...bought the boat in Florida originally ....then repowered from striking a deal at Miami boat show for 8k less than Va. dealer....boats in Va now and had its 20 hour initial service from dealer...

sevice at dealer in Florida would have been less than 300 to me as a buyer, about 350 for someone walking in off the street......

I had no problems w/ it....just took it in for required fluid service and a factory paid update

I just got handed a bill for 700.00....plus another 100.00 to top my tank off..(thatís fine).....thought I was being nice... I said they could take it for a spin if they wanted as they had never even seen one yet....and I see a 150.00 charge for that.

Iím gambling I wonít need to take it there often and will probably choose another dealer in the future as I was quoted 500.00 before going.

iím going to call the owner today to see if they are willing to revise it.


I think in VA shops can go 25 percent over an estimate. I always assume they will as an estimate is not a contract.

I wouldn't be very accepting of that 150 charge for sure.

It is getting so you have to pretty much get a contract for every dayum thing. The repair shop I take our boats to so far has been exceptionally fair IMO. He is not cheap and charges rates similar to others but has estimated well and even came in lower when things have went well. He so far has always called me if for some reason cost could be more before he proceeded . I appreciate that alot. I am sure if I asked enough people someone would not care for him but he has been fair to me and so long as it stays that way he has my biz.

I tried to let a dealer help me procure some axles. I asked if they had connections and if they were interested. They were. I told them what I could order them for and that I would rather get them from a local business if I could. Well they drug it all out about 7 months and then gave me a price I would gladly have accepted had it been given me in one week. I just ordered them because I was concerned with what the time frame might be on the order. I know they could have made enough to pay an employ a days wages for placing an order and taking delivery. I ended up feeling like they just had little interest in small money and that is ok. Not saying I would not ever do business with them but i would be getting important to me things in writing to my liking.
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Old 08-29-2018, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by highrisk98 View Post
Something to be said for both.....

Iím in Florida and Virginia.....boat goes back and forth...bought the boat in Florida originally ....then repowered from striking a deal at Miami boat show for 8k less than Va. dealer....boats in Va now and had its 20 hour initial service from dealer...

sevice at dealer in Florida would have been less than 300 to me as a buyer, about 350 for someone walking in off the street......

I had no problems w/ it....just took it in for required fluid service and a factory paid update

I just got handed a bill for 700.00....plus another 100.00 to top my tank off..(thatís fine).....thought I was being nice... I said they could take it for a spin if they wanted as they had never even seen one yet....and I see a 150.00 charge for that.

Iím gambling I wonít need to take it there often and will probably choose another dealer in the future as I was quoted 500.00 before going.

iím going to call the owner today to see if they are willing to revise it.


I'm confused are you saying the guy wanted to drive your boat for fun and he ended up charging YOU for it? That reminds me of a lawyer who tried to charge me billable hours for the 1/2 hour I spent on the phone with his secretary clearing up a billing error on his part. I got pissed and wrote him a letter explaining that not only am I not paying the bill for the phone call, I am back charged him HIS hourly rate for the time I spent on the phone discussing his billing error, since my time is as valuable as his. I took the appropriate money off and he never objected.
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:36 AM
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I will buy the house next door to yours and sell you the boat for 110k. I will be a good boat dealer and I promise if you ever have any issues you can call my service manager he will get your repairs done by the end of the next business day. Sent the money to my PayPal and I will have the boat for you tomorrow.

that is how THT works.
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Old 08-29-2018, 07:30 AM
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Yeah...it was on the new 350....younger tech was cool talk w/ and had questions about performance....I said take it for a ride if you want..

thought I was being nice....they broke my trailer wheel while loading it but did replace it...
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Old 08-29-2018, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by speckslayer View Post


Warranty work on a new boat? I doubt it. And if you move across the country you are probably sol as they say. No dealer is going to mail a check to another dealer at full shop charges for every little warranty item. Thatís not how it works.

I agree on that is not how it works. The builder sends the check.
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Gary999 View Post
I agree on that is not how it works. The builder sends the check.
Many builders now pay dealer up front for the warranty contract at time of purchase. They don’t bill as they go. Clauses are in there to protect dealer so major repairs go back to builder. This is how dealers are making money off warranty contracts, and also why you see dealers drop brands that break too much. Welcome to the new way.

My last two new boat purchases in last 6 years were both like that. One real deal pricing and one without.

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Old 08-30-2018, 03:43 PM
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That is how our dealer contract worked when we sold boats. A % of the sale price was held by the dealer to cover off the minor warranty work. Meant that the dealer was in charge of how they serviced the customer for all the minor stuff. On average it meant getting your costs back, but you didn't make a lot of money if you were trying to look after the customer promptly and well. I would be surprised if any dealer found warranty work to be very profitable on it's own. Just the hours you spend dealing with the customer (which you get no payment for) can add up to quite a lot if you put a true value on them. Then add in the occasional really bad case that needs factory attention etc and you will spend hours sorting out the logistics and negotiating the repair with the customer. Plus of course your time to investigate what is wrong and document everything.
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Old 08-30-2018, 04:55 PM
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I always prefer to keep my $$$ local but I won't be held hostage for an exorbitant price.

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Old 08-31-2018, 05:33 AM
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Originally Posted by speckslayer View Post


Many builders now pay dealer up front for the warranty contract at time of purchase. They donít bill as they go. Clauses are in there to protect dealer so major repairs go back to builder. This is how dealers are making money off warranty contracts, and also why you see dealers drop brands that break too much. Welcome to the new way.

My last two new boat purchases in last 6 years were both like that. One real deal pricing and one without.
I stand corrected.
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