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Old 09 August 2013, 05:34   #1
Country: UK - Isle of Man
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What's the sketch on trade ins at dealers / marine engineers?

I'm after a bigger motor but probably not brand new. From my perspective the easiest thing would be to take it to an engineer, point at a handy second hand 90 / 115 and them give me £1,000,000 for my 2000 Mariner 60. But as other people live in the real world I doubt that would happen.

Is it generally a better idea to buy an engine then sell the old one privately or are there some good trade ins out there?


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Old 10 August 2013, 11:32   #2
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In my (limited) experience of buying & selling engines, main dealers aren't that bothered with trade ins unless they have someone specifically looking for your engine. They are usually on a quota system from the manufacturers & have to shift X amount of new engines a year, so they'd rather sell new. Non-main agents might be more interested if you're buying a second hand engine that they have in stock. Not much help I'm afraid.
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Old 10 August 2013, 11:37   #3
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Easy. Sell it to me and go armed with a bag full of cash to get the best deal on new!

EDIT : except in this case your location restricts that option sell it privately
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