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How Do I Buy Repossessed Boats? Repo Boats auction is the best option!

By Mike Richards Updated: 07/09/2022 Posted: 10/15/2015

If you love the idea of being out on the water, but don’t want to spend a fortune, you should take a look at repossessed boats for sale. These often-overlooked boats are usually cheaper than trying to buy a used boat from a dealer. Buying repo boats can help you get into watercraft for a fraction of what it would typically cost.


What Does the Term Repossessed Mean?

When you find repossessed boats for sale, it often means that the bank or other lender seized the boat. Lenders do this when the owners are not able to keep up with their financial obligations. Eventually, they go into default, and the bank will take and resell the boat to reclaim their money.


Other times, repossession could be due to seizure after an illegal activity (poaching or even unlawful brokerage). For example, someone may not have been paying their taxes, and the IRS could seize the boat. The boat might have been involved in smuggling too.


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Where to Find Repossessed Boats for Sale

One of the best ways to find these boats is at auctions, either online or in person. You can search for auctions in your area, as well as on the internet, stocking repossessed boats for sale.


These auctions tend to include a wide variety of different types of boats as well. Once you start searching, you should be able to find everything, from small marine fishing boats to sailboats, yachts, and even Pontoon boats for sale at auction.


Something you should do before you start looking for auctions is to determine the type of boat you want. This will help you sort through all of the options faster, and come up with a budget.


Fortunately, you can find boats available that will fit nearly any budget and need. However, it can take some time to find the one that’s right for you. Don’t get overexcited and choose the first boat you see. Make sure you do your research on the boat first.


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Think About Their Condition

Another thing you should remember about these repossessed boats for sale is that some could be in rough shape. They might have some engine work that you will need to fix. They might have some exterior or interior damage as well. When people find that they are in danger of repossession, they tend not to take good care of the boats.


Still, given the money that you can save when you buy these boats, it can still be well worth it. You can often save enough in the purchase price that you can use the rest of the money in your budget to cover repair costs.


When you are researching the options for the boats through the auction site, make sure you read everything available. Understand what’s wrong with it and what you will need to fix. Just as you would with a car, get an estimate from a professional. Their report will help you to determine what it will cost to repair the boat.


If the amount pushes you out of your budget and comfort zone, step back and look at another boat. Do not go into debt to buy a repossessed boat.


Enjoy the Boat

After you get your boat from the auction and make any repairs, it’s time to enjoy your purchase. Few things are as fun and peaceful as getting out on the water. Whether taking trips on your yacht or taking a boat out for weekend fishing, you can have a great time!


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