There are few simple steps you can follow to protect yourself online through every stage of the buying process.
Step 1: Searching for boats
Keep an eye out for significantly undervalued boats – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!
Step 2: Contacting the seller
- Prepare some questions about the boat to ask the seller to help verify that they are genuine and that the boat is as described
- Do not provide the seller with your personal identification details like a copy of your licence or banking information.
- Read our help center article on what to do if a seller seems suspicious
Step 3: Inspecting the boat
- Arrange to meet at a neutral location like a police station car park and try to take someone with you
- Before you test drive the boat, make sure your insurance covers test drives
- Find out the legal status of the boat before paying a deposit. Buying a BoatFacts Report will give you peace-of-mind as you can quickly determine if the boat has ever been recorded as stolen or written off, has any finance owing on it.
- If you do choose to put a deposit down, make sure you get a receipt stamped with the date and time and the sellers licence details.
Step 4: Making an offer
- Do your research and know the value of the boat before making a deal.
- Remember to confirm the HIN matches the compliance plate on the boat.
Step 5: Paying the seller
- Use a method of payment that provides you with proof of purchase like a receipt or email confirmation directly from the provider
- Ask for a signed receipt with the date and time to confirm payment
- Never send cash in the mail
- Check our security updates regularly for important information.
Check out the video below on our top 10 online safety tips!