Safety tips for sellers

Selling your boat with boatsales is easy but there are some personal and vehicle safety considerations to keep in mind. We’ve put together a few simple steps which you can follow to protect yourself online and in person through each stage of the selling process. 

 

Step 1: Creating your ad 

  • Ensure you choose a secure and unique password for your boatsales account. 
  • Consider using our PrivacyProtectvirtual phone number service for your ad. Any buyer that rings the number will be diverted to your designated personal phone number without the caller ever seeing your actual number. 
  • Ensure your ad has the correct vehicle information and quality photos. Potential buyers will be suspicious of your ad if the information does not add up. 

 

Step 2: Deciding your selling price 

  • Do your research to help determine a realistic market price that suits your needs but does not make potential buyers suspicious of your ad. 

Step 3: Managing enquiries from buyers 

 

Step 4: Arranging inspections 

  • Arrange to meet at a neutral location like a police station car park or service station forecourt and try to take someone with you. 
  • Make sure you take key information like registration details, vehicle log books and roadworthy certificates with you for the inspection. 
  • Before anyone takes your motorhome for a test drive, ask to see their licence. Bring a pen and paper so you can make a record and use your judgement about whether you should tag along for the ride. 
  • Ensure that your insurance covers anyone who may test drive your motorhome. 

 

Step 5: Accepting offers 

  • Know how much you’re willing to accept and prepare to negotiate to a minimum price 
  • Do not take your ad down until you’re certain you have received payment from the buyer – it won’t cost you extra to have the ad up for longer. 
  • Ensure your vehicle transfer paperwork is in order to ensure a smooth sale. 

 

Step 6: Receiving payment 

  • Do not rely on proof of payment from the buyer. Check with your bank, PayPal or any other provider that the money has been transferred through that it has cleared. Make sure you can see the funds in your account before your boat changes hands. 
  • Give the buyer a receipt to confirm you’ve received their payment. 
  • Check our security updates regularly for important information. 

 

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