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#10967230 - 07/09/15 08:11 PM Rant
Dude Lebowski Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 455
Loc: Spring, TX
So I have been trying to sell my bass boat since the middle of June. A guy comes over to my house two weeks ago and goes through it with a fine tooth comb. He runs compression tests on each cylinder (which was fine with me). I crank the outboard with a flush device on it and he wants me to put it in forward and reverse. The lower unit is making a clunking noise while the outboard is in gear. I try to explain to him this is normal (for a Mercury with a 4 blade SS prop) since the lower unit is not submerged in water. He wants something in writing from a mechanic that there is nothing wrong with the lower unit. I take the boat to my local mechanic and tell him to check out the lower unit. He calls me the next day and tells me the gears are good, the lube looks good but there is a trace of water in the lube. My mechanic said it will probably last a while. Being the stand up guy I am, I tell him to replace the lower unit seals and install a new water pump since he already has the lower unit off. $400 later everything is good. I call the guy today and tell him I have everything done and he wants to offer me $1000 less than what I am asking. realmad I tell him that I already had a better offer before any of this work was done. His reply is "you better sell it". Are you kidding me? argue I am furious at this point and have to maintain my temper. I never knew that some people are so hard to please. realmad Why didn't he even ask to go for a test ride? A-hole!


Edited by Dude Lebowski (07/09/15 08:26 PM)
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#10967271 - 07/09/15 08:34 PM Re: Rant [Re: Dude Lebowski]
lakeforkfishon Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 986
Loc: Lake Fork
Take the better offer..case closed cheers
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#10967273 - 07/09/15 08:34 PM Re: Rant [Re: Dude Lebowski]
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Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 48502
Loc: Point Reyes
Just part of selling a used boat these days. You have to be careful not to put out a prospective buyer too much or you risk losing a sale. There are far too many good used boats out there not to have to put in some effort as a seller. I have sold 3 that I would have sworn the prospective buyer was gonna be flaky when they contacted me. All 3 ended up being some of the easiest transactions I have had as a seller.
Just move on to another buyer and let this guy go beat up on someone else for a deal. At least now you know the L/U is 100% ready.

It will sell. Hang in there.
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#10967284 - 07/09/15 08:39 PM Re: Rant [Re: Dude Lebowski]
Dude Lebowski Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 455
Loc: Spring, TX
It's just that my window of time is closing fast and I need to get my new one ordered. Very frustrating! chill
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#10967451 - 07/09/15 09:53 PM Re: Rant [Re: Dude Lebowski]
ogles824 (aka Lakewaydr50) Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/11/05
Posts: 2389
Loc: NETX
I understand where you are coming from for sure........When I sold my last Ranger I was living in Paris, TX. I had put it in the Dallas Morning News classifieds; this was way before the internet took over all of that, had a guy call me from the DFW area wanting me to meet him @ Fork @ Lake Fork Marina to test drive it. I drove all the way from Paris and the guy never showed.......If I hadn't already cleaned all my gear out of it I probably would have went fishing.......
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#10967493 - 07/09/15 10:14 PM Re: Rant [Re: Dude Lebowski]
timbertoes Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/07/09
Posts: 1332
Loc: Van Alstyne
flip side: there was the time I sold a leaking, rotted transom, unregistered boat to two drunk guys at Midnight, Cash.

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#10967515 - 07/09/15 10:23 PM Re: Rant [Re: Dude Lebowski]
patriot07 Online   content
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Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 16842
Loc: chateau d'if
Did the prospective buyer agree to buy it for full asking if the mechanic work checked out ok? If not, why did you pay $400 to get work done without the seller asking for it and without an offer from him?

If you had an offer for less than $1k under your asking price, I would've taken that. I think you should nearly always have that much bargaining room.

Sorry, just my $.02 - worth what you paid for it.
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#10967535 - 07/09/15 10:36 PM Re: Rant [Re: Dude Lebowski]
lamoon78 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 05/05/10
Posts: 4333
Loc: Livingston Tx
Get you a bottom dollar in your mind that you wont take less for it then go to book value and work from there thats what I do.

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#10967555 - 07/09/15 10:53 PM Re: Rant [Re: Dude Lebowski]
Andrew Y'Barbo Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/25/12
Posts: 1111
Loc: Lufkin Texas
I don't know what price you are asking,but if it's over 20k you should have more wiggle room. Personally I would have offered anywhere from 8-2k less than asking. If you had an offer 500$ less than asking, you should have sold it!

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#10967585 - 07/09/15 11:18 PM Re: Rant [Re: Dude Lebowski]
stratos1760dv-Jeremy Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 10/09/12
Posts: 508
Loc: McKinney, TX
Great looking boat for sale and very affordable. Just curious what do you plan to order?

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#10967594 - 07/09/15 11:31 PM Re: Rant [Re: Dude Lebowski]
Bobby Milam Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 2014
Loc: Arlington
Nowadays, you have to negotiate. People don't like paying asking price, even if it is a good deal. It is a game and they want to feel like they won. If you are firm on that price, bump it up in the ad so you can negotiate down.

I had a friend that owned a pet store and he told me when something wouldn't sell, he would jack the price up and it would sell right away. People are strange.

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#10967615 - 07/10/15 12:14 AM Re: Rant [Re: Dude Lebowski]
jgf131/tx Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/20/11
Posts: 182
Loc: Hemphill, Tx
Hell Dude with all your money put the ole Champ in a glass case and keep it - it's been a good boat = quit whinin and go buy that new boat LMAO
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#10967871 - 07/10/15 08:26 AM Re: Rant [Re: stratos1760dv-Jeremy]
Dude Lebowski Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 455
Loc: Spring, TX
Originally Posted By: stratos1760dv-Jeremy
Great looking boat for sale and very affordable. Just curious what do you plan to order?


A Phoenix 619
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#10967874 - 07/10/15 08:27 AM Re: Rant [Re: jgf131/tx]
Dude Lebowski Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 455
Loc: Spring, TX
Originally Posted By: jgf131/tx
Hell Dude with all your money put the ole Champ in a glass case and keep it - it's been a good boat = quit whinin and go buy that new boat LMAO

If I had your kind of money I would have already retired. roflmao
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#10967943 - 07/10/15 08:51 AM Re: Rant [Re: Dude Lebowski]
TexasTechliprip Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/28/11
Posts: 811
Welcome to selling an older boat

I cant tell you how many jack waggons I dealt with when I sold my 2000 cobra

So many people just wasted my time

"I saw this same boat for 2,000 less"
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