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Can I Find Boats for Sale in The USA at Online Auctions?

By Mike Richards Updated: 07/26/2022 Posted: 10/14/2015

If you love the idea of getting out on the water and you’ve always wanted to own a boat, there is probably only one thing that’s stopping you: the cost. While buying a brand new boat is certainly a large expense, you don’t have to buy new. You don’t necessarily have to buy a used boat from a dealer either.

You may be able to find boats for sale in the USA through online auctions. There is the potential to save thousands of dollars on the cost of the watercraft. Whether you are looking for a yacht, a fishing boat, a motorboat, a jet ski, or any other type of watercraft, check out what an auction can offer.


What Type of Boat Do You Want?

First, though, it’s a good idea to get an idea of what type of boat you might want to buy. Think about the overall budget you have available for the boat, repairs, etc. Check out some of the different models and styles available and see which one you like the best and which one fits your needs the most. When you have an idea of the type of boat you want, you can start trying to find boats for sale in the USA at various online auctions.


What Should You Know About Auctions?

Auctions are a great option when you need to find boats for sale in the USA, as they often have a wide range of different types of boats that should suit just about any buyer. Also, the price of the boats will be less than buying new, often by many thousands of dollars. In fact, it’s cheaper than buying used through dealerships and private owners. However, you may have to pay to repair or rebuild the boat so you can make it seaworthy.

Something that can help you make it through the auction is to have a third party company take care of the hard work of bidding for you.

While there may be fees associated with using these companies, you will find that it’s easier to get access to more boats, a larger variety of watercraft, and that they can bid for you so you don’t have to keep watching the auction and the other bids. If the bid goes up, the company can increase your bid to keep you in the lead. You can let them know your maximum amount as well, so you are sure to stay under budget.

When you are buying from an online auction, there’s a very good chance that the auction and the seller might not be in the same state as you are. In fact, you might even be in a different country. Always think about the cost of shipping to your location when buying a boat online. You don’t want to buy only to find out that you can’t afford the shipping.

Also, when you are bringing the boat into another country, make sure you consider the customs in your country and the rules on bringing in boats and other watercraft. The laws vary between countries, so check with your local customs office.


Can You Get a Title for the Boat?

You also need to consider the condition of the boat. Many of the boats will have salvage titles, and you can rebuild them and actually get a new title. However, others will be only useful for parts.

The best auctions will let you know the quality and condition of the boat so you aren’t bidding on what looks like a great deal only to find out that you can only use it for parts. If you want to rebuild the boat to get it on the water, make sure you know as much about the extent of the damage as possible. This will give you a better idea of what it will cost.

Remember, even though you can save on the cost of the boats you buy at online auctions, there is always the cost of repairs and maintenance to consider. Make sure you are budgeting for the repairs, as well as the boat.

If you already have a boat that may need some parts for repairs, you can always look at the boats that are unable to get a new title and buy them just for the parts. It’s often cheaper than trying to go through the manufacturer or through third-party channels for the parts.


Get on the Water

There are few things as pleasurable as spending the weekends on your own boat or jetting around the lake in your jet ski. Now that you know you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a boat.


It’s time to find boats for sale in the USA, so start looking!


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