Originally Posted by matt h
Ive also just done the same thing.
The important thing for me was
£££££'S and a really good deal.
Dealer locality or network.
Reliability is paramount etc etc
Now i've paid less than a two year old Engine with some goodies also and would not buy on line as dealerships are matching those deals anyway.
Great answer Matt, just what I was hoping for, what did you buy? PM if its a secret!
Their are certain factors that are fixed:
Max Weight is probably the main one that narrows the field of choice.
The perhaps power to weight ratio, more bang for our bucks!
Online prices- not many main dealers advertise prices on their own websites, some do on B&O. But most say ring for their best price, I have had the same engine vary between £5999 and £7500!
However I expect you did a lot of online research before parting with your cash?
Dealer network & Locality - I'm thinking that in future you will choose your motor and then pick a dealer closest to either where you live or where you launch from to PDI, fit and maintain. Market forces are seeing dealers offering more than one brand and getting stock in to order rather than for display.
Reliability - difficult this one we have heard of problems on every single brand, mostly hearsay. Etecs get slated mostly by those who haven't owned one. Tohatsu make for Evinrude and Mercury, Honda will be making for Tohatsu, Suzuki make for Johnson. Optimax "eat compressors". Yamaha make for Selva, Selva make for Yanmar. Honda corrode etc. There are reports of longevity and reliability as well as disasters for most makes if you go looking for them. I think on balance it's a lottery, all mechanical/electrical things are going to break down sooner or later, its how the problem is dealt with by the dealer that counts.
Running costs - scary if I total it all up! Fuel, well at the end of the day HP v HP v Fun Factor don't suppose for the 100hrs I will do in a season its not going to make a huge difference.... please don't add it up for me, ignorance is bliss!