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New Boat Check-Up
« on: September 27, 2017, 07:50:56 AM »

Was thinking about this today when the subject came up about mechanics test driving a car after repairs are made. I purchased my 175 SE Bass Tracker back in 2005. The dealer told me to bring it back after a certain time and they would go over the rig to check everything out. They said the cost to me would be $275 and they would need the boat on a Monday and I could pick it up on a Friday. I thought the fee was outlandish after paying $15,000 for the rig. Also there was no way I was going to leave my boat with them for all that time. I never took my boat back and in the past 12 years it has never been in a shop for a repair (I have done small repairs myself such as water pump, fuel filter, oil change, foot lube change, and shaft seals). I was wondering if others have had the same experience from a dealer wanting to do a 5-day follow-up on their new purchase. Is this normal or was the dealer jerking me around?
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2017, 08:03:38 AM »

Certainly not normal and in my opinion he is either jerking you around or he thinks his time is more valuable than yours.  Since you do your own maintenance I doubt they can tell you anything you don't already know.
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2017, 08:08:00 AM »

I don't know if yours is/was something like this or not; I re-powered in 2015, my first scheduled service was 300 hours or 3 years. It's due to go in by May 2018. The scheduled service includes new fuel filters, water pump, plugs, etc. The parts kit for the 300 hour service is $300-$350 depending on where it comes from.

My warranty period was 6 years and if I don't want to void the warranty, I need to perform the service or have it performed. Evinrude will accept my receipts as proof of service but I'm going to let my dealer perform the service because he is well trained, sharp, and honest. Jack always goes above and beyond as well as being very fair to his customers.

The service is also recorded on the computer's history logs.
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2017, 08:36:38 AM »

Around here you have to take your boat in to show commitment. It will take up to two weeks for them to get to it. I have a mechanic that I work with that gives me an appointment and I bring it in and he works it immediately.
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2017, 03:37:32 PM »

Around here you have to take your boat in to show commitment. It will take up to two weeks for them to get to it. I have a mechanic that I work with that gives me an appointment and I bring it in and he works it immediately.

The best way to do normal maintenance to keep the warranty in effect.
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2017, 08:51:23 AM »

I felt that the dealer should have given me the check-up as a courtesy, no charge. It was in his interest to check out a new rig after just a short use so he could prevent a major warranty repair. I also felt he wanted my boat for a week so he could either use it for a fishing trip or he would leisurely check it out between other jobs. Once when I wanted to trade-up for another new rig the same dealer checked out my boat in about 2 hours. No way would I leave my boat Monday thru Friday for a checkup. 
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2017, 07:07:04 AM »

It sounds like you don't trust him, I'd find another dealer.
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2017, 08:08:05 AM »

He lost out when I didn't trade with him for the second time on another new boat. Long story, but in short he tried to switch prices on me. No way to operate a business. I did find another dealer.
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2017, 10:04:12 PM »

Crazy stuff.
I get a dealer wanting to be paid for the check up and parts but having to take your boat in and leave it for two weeks???? Sure, I guess. Give me a loaner to use during that time!

Sounds like there is plenty of business to justify someone opening a shop or dealership in the boating industry if there is a two week backlog on getting a pretty simple check up done.
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2017, 11:22:50 PM »

Those sounds some desperate moves to make a sale.
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2017, 11:49:08 PM »

I don't know so much about new dealers but the independent boat shops around here if you hit them at the wrong time you could be on a month long list. I could see a busy small dealership getting swamped. But maybe he thought you didn't use it during the week and he was trying to work it in where he could. Hoping it wouldn't throw off other scheduled jobs? I'm just guessing but again I can see it being legit on him having it at his disposal to pull it in on a moments notice during the week vs scheduling another appointment he may have already over booked and was hoping he would find the time in between jobs during the week.  
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2017, 06:57:44 AM »

But years later when I was talking trade with them they said they needed to check-out my boat so they could offer me a trade-in price. I took the boat over and they took 2 hours to check it out. So why had they wanted my boat for a week to do a new boat inspection? Plus they wanted to charge me. In contrast when I purchased a new truck the dealer told me to drive it a week and bring it back with any complaints. I did and they took care of my complaints while I waited. No charge.
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2017, 07:50:14 AM »

I don't know it does sound like something may be not right I was just thinking there is a small chance it was all explainable. I agree the time to do it and the cost seem out of wack.
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Re: New Boat Check-Up
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2017, 07:19:41 AM »

I don't know it does sound like something may be not right I was just thinking there is a small chance it was all explainable. I agree the time to do it and the cost seem out of wack.
That is my reason for posting -- I was wondering if anyone else have experienced the same thing when they purchased a new rig.
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