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my dads been looking for a boat for a while now and we found one on the local craigs list so we went out to lindstrom to look at it and the guy wouldnt put it in the water. so we talked to him and hes some motor guru and tells us how he rebuilt the motor and the boat hasnt been in the water for 10 years. so i ask if we can take it out on the water thinking no problem seeing as he lives on s. center. he flat out says "no not gonna beable to do that".. so what is this guy hiding? why would you try to sell a boat if your not going to let it go for a test ride? thanks for letting me vent

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Walk away from that deal. If they don't let you try it out they are hiding something and you don't want anything to do with it. Even if there was nothing wrong, I wouldn't give my money to the jerk.

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Was the registration good? I have sold cars to people that had expired tags, and I would not them take it on the road until it was licensed....just a thought.

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That is a good point Dustin, if the registration on the boat is not current that could have had something to do with it. Guess we all jump to the worse case right away but it coulda been as simple as that.

I just know from experience that buying a boat without the owner wanting you to drive it bit me in the butt once.

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Maybe call him and tell him that if he wouldn't let you drive it because of expired Reg to go register it. If it tests out fine and you want it, you will reimburse him. That should weed out if he's lieing about it or not.

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I guess I would have asked to run it in the driveway on a hose if it is the motor you are worried about. I have purchased and sold four boats and have never gone or given a ride prior to the papers being signed. I do not know of many boat dealers that allow test drives on used equipment.

It kind of sounds like you question his credibility, he probably senses that and figures why bother as someone else will buy it anyways. He could be honest or he could be dishonest you will never know.

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My last boat I asked the guy if I could take it for a test run, and he only wanted the boat run in the driveway. I had the boat for over four years and never had a problem. The boat I own now the guy drove me to the lake to drive it.

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Sounds like a “failure to communicate”.

If the guys wants to sell the boat and knows by talking with you that a sale is dependent on a test drive, then he is crazy not to take you out for a ride.

It seems like a piece of the puzzle is still missing. It’s odd that he would just plain say no without some sort of reason.

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Sounds like he's hiding something to me from what was explained. The used boat I bought I test drove. The guy was pretty cool though and knew it would seal the deal. Which it did.

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If it has not been used in 10 years, he may be afraid it won't run. Or maybe it won't run and he knows it. Probably want to sell it as is too.

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From the sound of it I would stay away from that boat. Keep in mind if the boat has not been out in 10 years all the guy can tell you is how it worked 10 years ago. He really cannot comment on how it will work if you buy it.

Rebuilds in general - I generally stay away from rebuilds. I might consider one if the person had receipts from a reputable repair place.

Test drives in general - If I was selling I would agree on a test drive if we agreed on a price and that the buyer would purchase the boat provided the test drive did not reveal any issues. I would hate to invest the time in a test drive only to find that the person wants to make me a low ball offer.

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I'm a bit of a motor guru myself and the only reason that guy would say no is because that motor has something wrong or he would have wanted to show off his nice rebuilt motor. RUN AWAY there are alot of boats and motors out there and the open water season is too short to be fixing all summer when you should be fishing.

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Who would buy a car without test driving it? Noone

ME! I bought my Saturn without a test drive! grin

I also bought my boat from a fellow FMer without putting it in the water. He did put the water muffs on the motor and started it for me.

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