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Old 11-25-2021, 09:14 AM
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Hi, new to forum. Wondering how many like me, actually like to buy used over new. Most everything since my first truck in 1973 has been used when I bought it; cars, trucks, motorcycles an airplane, guns and now a boat. I have rarely bought new unless new was a better deal than what I was finding used. Ironically, my first boat ( 2008 Lund 1625 Rebel XL sport with a Merc 60 hp four stroke) was new as I didnít find what I was looking for or people thought their demolition derby boat should have a new boat price. Sold that boat this year after 13 years of excellent service to a brother in MN. He buys mostly used too, even trucks for his construction company. I replaced it this summer with a 2002 Lund 1700 Fisherman with a 90 hp Suzuki four stroke. We really liked the old boat, but love this ďnewĒ one. It has dock rash and needs a new floor, but itís bigger, dry and the motor runs perfect (471 hrs. on it when we got it). I have always enjoyed cleaning up/ fixing up something and running it more than buying new. This boat was half the price of any other 1700/1800 we could find anywhere. Sheís not the prettiest gal at the ball, but she can sure dance.
BTW: that 2008 Merc 60 hp four stroke EFI ran perfect with not one problem ever.
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Old 11-25-2021, 05:01 PM
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I have no problem with buying used if I'm satisfied with what I'm looking at. One of my better buys was a Keystoker 90,000 BTU hand fired coal stove that was in like new condition, a $1600 stove maybe 1 1/2-2 tons of coal, some new stove pipe and elbows, and a new barometric dampener, all for $100!
Apparently the guy wanted it out of there ASAP, I bought it quite awhile ago and as I type this it's still keeping the house warm and toasty and has saved me a bunch of money on oil.
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Old 11-25-2021, 05:28 PM
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That sounds pretty neat and long term.
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Old 11-25-2021, 06:40 PM
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Welcome to Walleye Central. I also might buy a used boat on occasion.
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Old 11-26-2021, 01:10 AM
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Too many variables buying used. Some that offload junk that’s got issues. Ridiculous amount of guys who use ethanol gas. A lot of really dumb owner stuff I’ve seen makes it harder than ever to trust buying used. But then again, buying a new Lund has not been a good experience either, so what can ya do? I did just buy a 15 yr old ariens snowblower that was hardly ever used. The guy used Ethanol gas, the fuel lines and carb needed replacement and I got it for a steal. Fixed it myself and it’s one heckuva deal in the end. Maybe has two years use max. He didn’t know how to fix it or get it to run again so it sat in his garage.
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Old 11-26-2021, 07:01 AM
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For years I have advocated for and bought used as the supply of walleye boats in Minnesota is plentiful and many have minimal use on them. You need to know what you're buying, what to look for and I prefer to be no more than the 2nd or at most 3rd owner.

That said, I just bought what is likely my last walleye boat and I bought new this time.
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Old 11-26-2021, 07:52 AM
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i bought a new 78 1/2 ton pickup truck then traded it in on a new 81 escort and that's been all the new major purchases I've made. i have always bought used boats and motors with no complaints but one. i bought a used boat without checking it out on the water. it was late winter/early spring and sounded great on the trailer. so I bought it. didn't get it on the water for a couple of months. when I did it didn't have enough power to get on plane. but I replaced to old 305 228 hp with a new 350 315 hp and never looked back. i just bought a used hds 10 and hds 8 with structure scan for 550.00 and 50.00 for shipping. you can't touch a new one for 600.00. and a good fish finder will last almost forever.
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Old 11-26-2021, 08:42 AM
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It's fun purchasing new and if my plans are long term I have done that. But in most cases it is an expensive convenience. For most items mine are slightly used and I really enjoy the long term hunt trying to find exactly what I want. That said, people always have a reason for selling and when it comes to mechanical stuff or cars you have to be really good at finding that reason. In many cases they know something is wrong or it is going to be a major problem. I have purchased a lot of vehicles or helped someone else and have gotten pretty savvy with figuring out the reasons. I got some great deals on issues I knew were trivial and the owner thought serious problem. One was a car steering shaking like crazy. Simple tire balancing got me a car $4K cheaper than it should have been as owner thought major repair. With vehicles or boats when you think you got every angle covered you learn another.
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Old 11-26-2021, 08:57 AM
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Iíve only been screwed a couple of times by dishonest buyers... One was a dealer. Got the situation fixed thru the attorney generals office. This boat checked out good for everything but the floor which I knew ahead of time. Getting fixed this winter. The rest of the boat is fine and works great. Doing your homework helps as does getting it checked out. Ups the odds. I just get a good feeling/kick out of cleaning and fixing it up. Donít have to worry about that first ding.
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Old 11-30-2021, 09:46 AM
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Remmark,
Since you have found a bad floor in your new boat - check, double check, and triple check the status of your transom.

Over the years, there have been a lot of 20 year old boats with both good and bad transoms.

Now is the time to find that the transom is bad because you will be able to replace it over the cold season.

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