Getting ready to put your crappie boat up for sale?

If you want people to be interested in your crappie boat for sale, you need to get it ready. You want it to be visually appealing so that they will be impressed by it right off the bat. If you can’t hold their initial interest then there is no way that they are going to buy it. You want to take the time to fix it up too. For example if the carpeting has some holes or wear then it can be a good idea to invest in replacing it. Shine it up and make sure it looks really amazing.

Look over the entire crappie boat from top to bottom. Anything that you may be able to do cosmetically to make it more appealing to the eyes is going to increase your chances of selling it. However, you do have to keep the repairs reasonable so that you can make a profit from it. If you can’t do the repairs you may be able to lower the price and offer it as is. These types of crappie boats can be a gold mine to someone with the ability to fix it up but not lots of money for buying one.
Always make sure the gauges and lights on your crappie boat are working. If those items aren’t in good shape it can turn potential buyers away. They often don’t know if such electrical items are going to be something they can fix or not. The motor of the boat should be in good running condition. If you have any paperwork that you have kept for maintenance then have it ready for potential buyers to see.

If you will be posting the boat for sale online you want to take some great pictures from various angles. You also want to have a well detailed description about it. Perhaps your crappie boat still has a factory warranty on it. If that is the case, you want to make sure buyers are aware of it. That can be a huge selling point that entices them to buy it over another one without any warranty.

Try to determine your price based on the market value. It may be worth more to you in sentimental value but try to keep that out of the equation. You may need to be willing to negotiate your price. You don’t want to let potential buyers go because you held fast to making another $100 from it – and then you end up without any buyer at all.

Your postings need to be colorful and to get attention. If you make a flyer then you want to have bold letters, a good image, and you want to give contact information. You also want to put the price because many people won’t even follow up on a crappie boat if they don’t know what that cost is going to be.

If there are any flaws then you need to be honest about them. You want to make sure you sell a boat that is exactly what the buyer thought they were getting. Don’t try to hide problems as that can create serious issues for you with the buyer in the future. If you have a clear title to the boat, that is a plus too. It can be tough for someone to get involved with buying a crappie boat when the current buyer still owes money on it.

Try to use more than one place to sell your crappie fishing boat at once. For example you can place it in boat trading magazines, you can display it in your driveway, you can put it on eBay and you can also use Craigslist. You will also be able to tell your friends, family, and co-workers about it. Ask them to spread the message as well about what you have to offer.

You can even take your crappie boat with you when you go to the local sporting goods store. While you are in there for a few hours looking around, other people will be coming and going from that parking lot all day long. They can see your boat for sale and inquire about it. After all, many of them will be going into that vary location to get fishing supplies. They will sure wish they had a great boat like that to take along with them.

If you have a trailer to go along with the crappie boat it will be even more appealing because someone can buy it and just drive off with it. Try to be flexible too with delivery. For example if someone lives 100 miles away, be willing to take it half the distance for them. When you get people asking questions you want to get back to them as soon as possible. If it takes you several days to do so, they could already have purchased a crappie boat from someone else.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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