Buying a yacht or boat is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Boat Broker Pro can assist you with the challenge of finding the perfect matched yacht or boat to suit your needs.
WE LISTEN & WE DELIVER
YACHTS & BOATS FOR SALE
Boat Broker Pro offers quality yachts and boats for sale locally in Australia and also internationally. We listen to our clients to find out their requirements, before guiding them on all aspects of the boat purchase process. When we have a clear understanding of your needs, we will present a shortlist of the most suitable yachts for you to review, before organising the best time for you to visit those boats selected and then advising you through the purchase when needed.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE
At Boat Broker Pro, we run an online check on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) with the Australian Government to see if a vessel has money owing to a lender. This safeguards purchasers from unnecessary financial loss. If a boat or yacht is purchased by a new owner without knowing it is financially encumbered, (money owing on it), the new owner could have it legally repossessed and therefore lose the investment. Please note that REVS, which stands for the Register of Encumbered Vehicles, is no longer available and has been replaced by the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) above.
Scam Information – Buying and Selling A Yacht or Boat Direct
Fortunately, most boat buyers and sellers are genuine, however there are some unscrupulous people in the world. Please use common sense. Typically, in a scam situation the deal seems “too good to be true”! These types of scams occur on the internet as well as ads in newspapers.
For more information relating to scams, visit www.scamwatch.gov.au , an independent website run by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Selling your boat or yacht without a Boat Broker: scams that you should beware of:
The bogus boat buyer offers to pay more than the asking price. The buyer will send you an overpayment cheque or payment by bank transfer, and then request that you pay them the difference. Alternatively, they pay you the asking price and request you pay the “shipping costs”. The cheque then bounces, or the bank transfer fails, and you are suddenly out of pocket.
Don’t be fooled:
Always make sure you know who you are talking to and who you are dealing with when selling your boat – request their name, address, email and phone number. Beware of poorly worded emails from ‘free’ email addresses eg. gmail. Scammers often claim to be overseas and wish to buy the boat sight unseen. Never send any money back to the “purchaser”, and be careful when responding to any email that requests your personal and financial information. If you have listed your mobile phone number and email on your boat advertisement, beware of possible SMS, voice calls and email messages from scammers.
Buying a boat or yacht without a broker: scams that you should beware of:
Anyone can list a boat for sale on a website or put an ad in the newspaper with a picture of a boat. Unfortunately, there are some people who list a boat for sale without ever owning it. When you contact the boat seller, they request that you send some money as a “down payment” so that you don’t “miss out”. Simply put, they take your money and run.
When buying a boat which is listed as a private sale, you deal directly with the boat seller. Beware of scammers who tell you that the transaction will be done through direct sale websites. Direct sale websites are NOT involved in the transaction between boat buyer and boat seller.
What to do:
Make certain that the boat seller is real. Request the seller’s name, address, email and phone number. Also request proof of ownership of the boat for sale. Sellers should be able to produce evidence of Title, Registration, and Hull Identification Number (HIN) on more recently manufactured boats. Be careful if a seller is offering free shipping or relocation, as relocating a boat any distance can be costly and should be reflected in the asking price. Be careful when responding to any email that requests your personal and financial information.
We hope this information helps for people buying and selling boats directly and hope it work outs well for them. If you use the services of Boat Broker Pro, we will ensure that you avoid this situation.