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Old 09-10-2018, 00:47   #1
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New boat pricing

I searched a bunch of key words and couldnít find what Iím looking for... is there a rule of thumb for the range of discounts possible on new boats? I know, I know... it depends. Iím sure there are differences between manufacturers and even between models based on demand for the boat, etc. That said, I know if I go into McDonalss I shouldnít bother offering 10% less that the list price for a Big Mac because the price they tell you is the only price theyíll sell for, but if I donít ask for a discount on a new car, I almost certainly paid WAY too much.

Iím trying to get a feel for how pricing and negotiations work on new boats, and of course the salesmen are not going to tell me the truth. Iím a rookie on new sailboats and the industry as Iíve only been on other peopleís boats and the boats Iíve owned were all domestically made wakeboard boats... very different beasts. Iíve been looking at used boats, but with exchange rates where they are and so many of the manufacturers overseas, it might make sense to look at new boats instead. Any guidance you can give me about what kind of % discounts from factory quoted prices might help me figure my way around.
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Re: New boat pricing

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Re: New boat pricing

Not really, it depends on the demand of the boat and if they have boats that have not been sold.

Meaning if you are going to buy a boat that has a 2 year waiting list the discount would be near 0 while if you are going to buy a boat that is stuck and waiting for a owner at one year or more, than you will have a big discount.

On normal circumstances the discount with a dealer can go till 9%. If you can deal directly with the shipyard that discount can go till 20%. Normally only with small brands you will be able to deal directly with the shipyard.
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