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Old 08-28-2018, 09:31 AM
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Vs buying from an out of town or out of state dealer?

Let's say you are buying a new Brand X Center Console and you ask for quotes from 3 dealers: local, out of town, out of state.

Dealer 1 is the local guy
Dealer 2 is in another town about 4 hours away
Dealer 3 is in another state about 7 hours away

You have talked with all dealers and feel good that a sale would be smooth and trouble free no matter which you buy from. All boats are equally equipped/powered and you have leveled everything up with regards to prep, fees, taxes, etc. and the out the door numbers shake out as follows

Dealer 1: $95,000
Dealer 2: $90,000
Dealer 3: $87,000

In true THT fashion, you have taken the other quotes to your local dealer to see if he will come down on his price, but he won't move. Also in true THT fashion, you are worried that everything under the sun will break on your new boat and your local dealer won't fix it because you didn't buy from him. Unlike all THTer's though, you aren't a multi-millioniare, so $8K is a lot money.

So what are going to do?
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:35 AM
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Buy a new house closer to Dealer #3 of course, that way he's now the "local" dealer. Then buy the boat for $87k. You did say "true THT fashion" didn't you? On a serious note, I'd probably at least go for Dealer #2 and possibly #3, providing I verified w/the boat mfgr. that any of the 3 would take care of any warranty work needed on the boat w/out any bs. Granted, you might have to go to the end of the line when needing warranty work at the dealerships you didn't buy from but unless it's something critical, you can postpone it until the end of the season. The motor can be warranty serviced anywhere.
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:38 AM
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I’ve bought at least 4 boats that were over 10 hours away. I enjoy the trip and always go out on the water where I buy it from to enjoy other water ways. I’ve been to Tampa (from Baton Rouge Louisiana) twice for boats and got to spend the day on the water in Tampa bay with my 13 year old daughter. We made the weekend out of it and had a blast.

Im driving the 7 hours for the savings. That will buy decent electronics if you need to add them.
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:39 AM
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I paid ~ $2,500 more for the local boat on a boat that was priced in the low 50's. $8,000 seems like a lot, hate to say it is likely worth the 7 hour drive. $5,000 would probably be my upper limit of tolerable on that priced boat.
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:42 AM
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Heck, for a lot of guys here on THT 4 hours or 7 hours away is the local guy!
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Heck, I'd consider making the drive for $8,000. Couple thousand, maybe not.
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Burn down dealer 1 and build an outdoor wedding facility next door to 2.
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:55 AM
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On a serious note, ask local dealer if he's willing to work on price as you got two significantly lower quotes. You can tell him you'd like to support local but would strongly consider going out of town or state if they can't budge. If he's willing to play ball a little then I would go local. He's the guy you'll be taking your boat to for service or warranty right? It's great to start that relationship out on a good note, and maybe if you want to buy another boat down the road, he'll be willing to help you out more if you're a returning customer.

If local is able to get price down close to the dealer 2 then I would call that a win in my eyes, anything more would be even better. Maybe he can sweeten the deal in another way besides just price? Discount on servicing or throw in an option or something. You'll never know unless you ask, so I think it's worth it to tell him about other offers and see what he's willing to do.
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Burn down dealer 1 and build an outdoor wedding facility next door to 2.
I'm slipping...totally forgot that's what a true THT'er would do.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:07 AM
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On a serious note, ask local dealer if he's willing to work on price as you got two significantly lower quotes. You can tell him you'd like to support local but would strongly consider going out of town or state if they can't budge. If he's willing to play ball a little then I would go local. He's the guy you'll be taking your boat to for service or warranty right? It's great to start that relationship out on a good note, and maybe if you want to buy another boat down the road, he'll be willing to help you out more if you're a returning customer.

If local is able to get price down close to the dealer 2 then I would call that a win in my eyes, anything more would be even better. Maybe he can sweeten the deal in another way besides just price? Discount on servicing or throw in an option or something. You'll never know unless you ask, so I think it's worth it to tell him about other offers and see what he's willing to do.
^^^ This because $8,000 pays for allot of maintenance on a boat, if it were $2,500 I'd call it a tie but I would show the dealer the other price and make sure they understand you did them a solid by buying from them and staying local.

Oh and BTW I was in the DEM registering my boat in Providence RI yesterday and there was a boat dealer there right next to me registering a boat and was talking to the guy at the desk about a local guy that wanted to buy a boat from him but went to CT to buy it and said "Let him get it serviced in CT". I said you must really hate me because I went to NC to get my boat.

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Old 08-28-2018, 10:08 AM
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$8k is a lot of coin. You gave the local guy a chance to come down. I would go with #3 but know that I may have to deal with a few issues on my own or take the 7 hour drive back to the original dealer.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:17 AM
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I just bought a new boat a few days ago. I do not have ANY dealers near me. The one I bought from is in another state, and 3 hours away. That will have to suffice. The other dealer, was in state, and was 2 hours away. But, they were $5000 more and I had called, spoke to the salesperson, told them I was coming to look at boats (no commitment to buy) and the boats on their lot were FILTHY. I would have been embarrassed to let a customer look at one.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:17 AM
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Part of this decision depends on how much you really trust Dealer #1.


I have read plenty of horror stories from guys who bought new and then the dealer/MFR would not stand behind it, and the guy is left with a boat he can't use, it's in the shop, it has been to the shop before, they said it was right, it wasn't right, had to go back, several times back and forth, getting the run-around, season slipping away, still making payments on a boat you can't use.


You would like to think if you buy a new boat from a dealer that they are going to stand behind it and want to make it right. But the sad fact is that is not always the case. Once they've got your money you have no more options. Even if you have to sue a dealer to make it right you still don't have your boat, you have to pay a lawyer if you don't win, and you're still making payments on a boat you can't use.


Now if this is a dealer you have used before and you trust them, that's a whole different matter. A dealer like that is somebody you want to stick with.


But if you don't know them you can't assume that paying the extra to buy local will have the hoped-for benefits of a dealer who will stand behind the product.


A lot of people buy one boat and never go back for more. Dealers know this and they know they can make lots of money without standing behind it. Many dealers are not worried about reputation. Buyer beware.


I would never buy a new boat unless I hit the lotto. I'd rather learn how to fix things and buy a used boat that has the right things wrong with it for a fraction of the cost.


You might be able to buy a new boat, but you can't own one. As soon as you buy it, it's a used boat. I also like that you tend to get lots of extras on a used boat that you would have to pay additional for on a new boat. What? You wanted an anchor with that? Dock lines? Life jackets? Fire extinguisher? Cover? Fish finder? Cha ching, Cha ching, ...


Dealing with all the things I've fixed over the years has taught me how to correct lots of problems myself. I am more confident in what I have, and my ability to repair things that might make the difference of self-rescue or getting towed in. I usually make a big project out of things and take WAY longer to do a job than a dealer/professional would, but then I am the one who is going to have to rely on what I do. Those guys that get paid for it don't have to depend on that boat bringing them home. I think my owner service is way more attentive to detail. As I'm working on things I think about the implications of what I am doing. And if I discover something else that's not right I can fix that too before it becomes a problem.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:24 AM
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I think the brand of boat you are buying influences this decision. If you are buying a brand that is very reputable and has been around a while, I'd take the savings and buy from whoever has the lowest price. I'd give the local dealer a chance to match or get close and if he/she is close, I'd go with them.
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I think the brand of boat you are buying influences this decision. If you are buying a brand that is very reputable and has been around a while, I'd take the savings and buy from whoever has the lowest price. I'd give the local dealer a chance to match or get close and if he/she is close, I'd go with them.
Great point; agree on manufacturer and their reputation playing a role in decision
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If everything was the same or of equal value including trailer, engines, electronics, options there is no way you would pay that much of a premium. If local dealer was very well rated and you like everything about it I would say match dealer 2 within $500-$1000 and make a deal. $4-$5k gets you some nice fishing gear and electronics or 20hour-100 hour service etc...

Like others use that travel time to visit a new town and explore.
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Old 08-28-2018, 12:01 PM
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7 hours is nothing to save 8 thousand. 1-2 thousand, I may not go through the trouble. And that's having to only work 4 days a week. I actually have find things to kill my time during the weekends.
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Old 08-28-2018, 12:05 PM
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How much more would I pay to buy local? Probably nothing. It's not my problem my dealer isn't competitive. If he can't be, someone else will.
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Old 08-28-2018, 12:15 PM
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If local dealer has a good reputation and has a good relationship with manufacturer you’ve chosen then pay the $.
Unless you are retired and rich, buying out of state is just not smart. You’ll pay in the end with your time and agrivation plus travel expenses.
Then again, you could be the one guy that buys a perfect boat...
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Pics of dealer's wife?
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