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Being that I have never own a boat before and that I am looking to get my first one soon I have a question. Is the price on the boat firm or can one negotiate the price like one can do with buying a car?

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Everything is negotable ~ Especially options & upgrades.

 

A-Jay

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Your best negotiating ammunition will be to get quotes from multiple dealers. I had a $7k difference Between dealers for the same boat. Accessories like electronics may or may not be negotiable BUT the labor to install them is. I can't stress enough to research the dealers. I did not because I have a trusted mechanic for 17 years. Well, it bit me in the ass. I went for the best price and had warranty issues that the dealer I purchased from completely dropped the ball on. It took 2 years of headaches to get resolved. 

 

If you buy from Bass Pro, the price is firm. It includes incentives from BPS 

 

Buying in early spring will allow you the best discounts and incentives as well as getting good pricing on new leftovers. Boat show discounts, manufacturers discounts, warranty incentives from the motor manufacturers, and rebates from trolling motor and electronics manufacturers. .

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New or used boats, price can be negotiated. Have a budget and stay with it!

Sometimes tournament won boat certs are available from pro's and cash always talks.

Tom

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Like anything else, if you are selling it, you point out all the great things about it, if you are trying to buy it, you point out every little detail wrong with it.

If they are wanting $10,000 for it, and you feel you only want to pay $7,000 and $7,500 is you top dollar. Leave the $500 in the vehicle, when the dealing has gotten going pretty good and they are being hedgy, pull out the $7000 and lay them see you have it and are serious. Old saying still goes, money talks. After a few more exchanges and they are not quite wanting to let it go for that, bump it up the other $500, with the take it or leave it option. Be surprised just how much you can get someone to come off when you start putting that cash in front of them. I've offered way less than things would be worth, say that my max dollar, leave my name and number, and sometimes get a call before I get two blocks away, or get a call a couple days later.

Like playing poker. You've got to read them and not let them know your hand.

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Hundred dollar bills are a great tool in negotiating a price.

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