How to Price and Advertise Your Boat for Sale | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Are you considering selling your boat? We’re entering the winter months, and because of the pandemic, many people are selling items they aren’t using right now. Now may be a good time to sell your boat sitting in storage. If you’ve decided to sell your boat but you don’t know where to begin, let us help! We’d love to sell your boat for you. Greenville Marine & Sport Center is your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer, and we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for 48 years. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you any way we can!

If you plan to sell your boat on your own but you have questions about how to price and how to advertise your boat, look no further! We’ve got you covered. From Discover Boating, here are some great tips:

Pricing Your Boat

Once it’s cleaned and prepped, you need to nail down a reasonable asking price for your boat. You can start by checking the NADA guides. But remember that the values they publish are estimates, at best. The boat’s condition will have a huge impact on its value, which those guides can’t take into account. So you should look at listings for similar boats online, in magazines, and at boat broker websites as well. As you do so, remember that the boat’s value will also be impacted by geography, and may bring a higher price in areas where boats are in high demand but a lower price in areas where they aren’t. The type of boating you’ve done also plays a role, since boats used in freshwater tend to bring higher prices than those used in saltwater. Even seasonality can affect boat pricing, because many people are more apt to buy a boat in the spring than in the late fall or winter.

After you settle on a figure, remember that a boat’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. If the price is too high it may sit on the market for months at a time. Since it can be so hard to nail down a value, some boat sellers list at a starting point and gauge the interest level for a month or so. Then they drop the asking price a few percent for each week or month that goes by after that, until a significant number of buyers begin to show interest.

How to Advertise a Boat For Sale

With the boat fully prepped and an asking price in mind, it’s time to start generating some leads. In this day and age most people advertise their boat on a number of different internet sites that offer classifieds. Some are free, some are not, and all offer unpredictable results. You may also want to advertise in a local paper or boating magazine. And don’t neglect the tried and true tactic of simply hanging a “For Sale” sign on the boat and placing it in a high-visibility area near a busy road or marina.

How to Sell Your Boat | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

If you think it’s time to sell your boat, we can help. We’ll do all the heavy lifting for you – just bring in your boat clean and with clear titles, and we’ll list your boat on our website and handle the paperwork for you. 

Greenville Marine is located at 3600 Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, NC. To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, or 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday. We can’t wait to see you!

Selling your boat is a big decision, and we know you may have hesitations about letting a boat dealer sell your boat for you. Here are some basic steps to follow when selling your boat:

  1. Determine if you are going to sell the boat yourself, or just work with a dealer.
  2. Make sure the boat looks and runs as good as possible.
  3. Research the price of similar boats taking make, model, size, and age into consideration.
  4. Decide on an asking price.
  5. Advertise your boat for sale.
  6. Show the boat and seal the deal.

If you understand how to sell your boat, but you really don’t want to invest all the necessary time and effort, you can always enlist the help of a professional dealer. Or, you could simply trade in your boat if you’re buying a new one from a dealer who accepts trades. Both options are easier than selling a boat yourself.

The amount of prep work you do to your boat will have a dramatic impact on how much someone’s willing to pay for it. Remember, no one “needs” to buy a boat and it’s usually an emotional purchase. So you’re hoping for someone to fall in love with the boat at first sight.

That means cleaning the boat inside and out, and washing and waxing every inch of it. Even clean out those areas that are out of sight and out of mind, like storage compartments under seats or the inside of a fishbox. If someone looks inside as they inspect the boat, you want them to see a neat, clean interior. Also, remove any extra gear that amounts to clutter. This will help the boat’s deck, cabin, and/or storage compartments seem larger at first glance.

Naturally, a potential buyer will also be interested in a boat that functions properly. Fix any broken or malfunctioning equipment or you can’t expect to get top dollar.

If you don’t have the time or energy to sell your boat on your own, we would love to take it off your hands for you. Greenville Marine & Sport Center is your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer, and we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for 48 years. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you any way we can!