Originally Posted by Scotty
As someone who has a RIB for sale I agree that it's generally pointless discussing price with a purchaser before he comes to view the boat - UNLESS the purchaser is willing to make an acceptable offer. It depends HOW the price is discussed - I had one purchaser who phoned up and just asked what was the lowest offer I would take but was not willing to make an offer himself. TIMEWASTER?
What's the point of having an asking price on the advert - that is the price subject to the purchaser inspecting the boat, trialling it, pointing out any deficiencies and THEN haggling the price.
I understand that if you have a long way to travel this may mean that you will have a few wasted journeys but that's just how it is when you are buying used.
On the other side of the coin I have also just bought a RIB. This was advertised at a price far in excess of what I thought it was worth - but I wanted the boat. I went to see it anyway and over the next few days there was some hard haggling over price and date of completion which resulted in my buying the boat almost at the price I wanted, certainly less that what the vendor had told me he'd take, and the vendor got a bankers draft within a week of his advert appearing.
Having money ready to go is a much more persuasive tool than "What's the lowest offer you'll take"
Just a few thoughts