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Old 30-03-2009, 14:05   #1
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beneteau pricing during recession

Hello all - I'm new to the forum and eager to be a participant.

I'm about to buy a new Beneteau 49 and am hoping to find unbiased advice about pricing - especially during this recession; i.e. what is a great price I should shoot for right now? In the cruising world review, the base price is listed as $290,000 but my local dealer has the base at $340k. Obviously inflated - but by how much? I know I should be able to set my price very low during these times.
Since these boats are made in the U.S., the delivery price should be less, etc. I have a spreadsheet of all the options that he sent me as well, but I'm mainly looking for anyone that knows a shrewd base price and/or those who own the boat or gotten great quotes.

Hoping for advice soon, I'm trying to get the boat in the water for summer!

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Old 30-03-2009, 15:25   #2
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Just had an auction in Australia.

Some boats sold for 50% off.

Got to remember they are a discretionary spend during a recession, and some people have to sell, but no one has to buy.


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Old 30-03-2009, 15:42   #3
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Why not find a nice 2 or 3 year old one? You can save lots on a boat that is already aoufitted and has most of the post delivery problems worked out!
I don't know what the base price should be, but just try to do some negotiating, you might be surprised.
My 5 cents,
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Old 30-03-2009, 16:16   #4
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My advice. Don't be afraid to insult someone when it comes to your money. After all, you can always go up, but it's hard to go down. Offer way less than you even expect to pay. You may miss an opportunity here or there, but you will eventually get the most boat for your money. Unless of coarse you have already fallen in love with the boat in which case you have already made a major mistake. (It is one I think we all make)
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Old 30-03-2009, 17:13   #5
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Timely query - my son just purchased a B49. Listening to his story, it was surprising how disparate the price was depending upon where he looked and when. Approx a year ago, he was quoted a list price from a dealer in Annapolis and an equivalent price from one in the Great Lakes area. Two months ago, two different dealers quoted him far less fully commissioned with full electronics and canvas in the water. By the time the negs were completed, they included a genset and a free slip for the season, provided a written warantee extension for 5 years and probably would have kissed his rear end too if he had asked.
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Old 30-03-2009, 18:51   #6
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Take the advice we ALL heard in college: "You get slapped a few times, but 1 out of 10 will say yes". Don't be afraid to insult the sellers. There are 9 more behind him.
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Old 31-03-2009, 10:38   #7
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Thanks to all that posted - this is a great resource.

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