What should I know before selling my boat?

You've decided to list your boat for sale on boatsales but what should you do before creating your ad and attracting a buyer? Here are a few tips to help you prepare your boat for sale and give you the best chance of selling quickly and at the best price. 


Make sure your boat is up to date with servicing and consider doing some low cost repairs 

Small improvements like touching up scratches, dents or fixing any broken parts aren't time consuming and could boost the appearance and asking price of your boat dramatically. 


Check if you need a seaworthy certificate 

In some states and territories, you will be required to provide a seaworthy certificate before selling your boat. It’s a good idea to check with your local road authority to ensure you have all the necessary documentation to make for a smooth sale. Find out more on seaworthy certificates here. 


Give your boat a good clean 

As simple as it sounds, giving your boat a good clean inside and out can make a really big difference to the success of selling it. Presentation is everything so ensure you also remove any personal items from your boat and consider spending a bit of extra money on a professional detail clean


Contact your finance provider 

If your boat or yacht is currently under finance, you should contact your finance provider to arrange for it to be paid out upon sale. Find out more on selling a boat with finance remaining here. 


Take some quality images of your boat for the ad

A picture paints a thousand words, and also helps you sell your boat faster. That's why on boatsales, you are able to upload as many photos to your ad as you wish. So selecting the best images to show off your boat is pivotal in wowing potential buyers. Find out more on how to choose the right photos for your ad here. 


Create your ad on boatsales

Now that you’ve prepared your boat for sale and have taken some great photos, it’s now time to create your ad on boatsales. There are several ad packages available to help find your boat a new home. It’s easy to get started. Find out more on how to create an ad here. 


Monitor your ad’s performance 

Once your ad has been approved and is up on boatsales, you will receive weekly ad performance emails to keep you across how your ad is going. If your ad is not attracting as many views as you’d like or hasn’t received many enquiries, there are some helpful tips to improve the performance.

Know how to manage enquiries 

Once your ad is live on boatsales, you’ll start to receive enquiries from potential buyers. To avoid being caught off guard, it’s a good idea to have a list prepared about your boat's history. Include details such as your odometer reading or hours, service record, number of previous owners, colour and extra features and make a note of any minor damages to report. Find out more about using the boatsales member message function here. 



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