Pre-owned Evaluation Process

Boat Works Pre-owned Evaluation Process

Don't let other people's problems become your problems!

Buying a pre-owned boat can be the best experience or the worst. When you purchase a used boat form a private owner or some dealers, it is "buyer beware". Many boats "appear" to be in good condition until you leave the lot or driveway. Unforeseen problems can lead to costly repairs and most of the time, become your responsibility.

At Boat Works, we try making that buying experience a great experience. All of our used boats, both trade-ins and consignment, go through a 75 plus point inspection prior to being listed for sale. Any problems are either repaired or documented on the evaluation sheet that accompanies each boat and in many instances, most basic maintenance such as greasing trailer bearings, changing gear lube, replacing the water pump impeller and more are preformed during this inspection.

Our goal is to get you out on the water and have you only worry about where you are going, not what can happen to your boat.

Boat, Motor and Trailer Evaluation Items

Boats:
  • Running Lights
  • Bilge pumps (all) including automatic switches
  • Electronics (power up and overall condition)
  • Bilge Blower
  • Aerator pump(s)
  • Livewell valves (test for leaks and operation)
  • Livewell timer
  • Stereo
  • Instrumentation (dash and any other location)
  • Safety equipment (list of included)
  • Steering system (condition and ease of operation)
  • Battery(s) (condition, age, terminal condition and load test)
  • Shift and Throttle cables (condition, full travel and ease of operation)
  • Ignition switch
  • Topsides condition (overall condition)
  • Transom (visual inspection for deterioration or structural damage)
  • Bottom of hull condition (visual cosmetic and structural inspection)
  • Floor (visual inspection for deterioration or delaminating)
  • Stringers (visual inspection for deterioration or structural damage)
  • Hardware (includes cleats, bow and stern eyes, lifting rings - overall condition and mounting)
  • Main boat wiring (general condition)
  • Fuse panel (style and condition)
  • Trolling motor ((operation in all speeds (no load testing) and overall condition))
  • Windshield (condition and mounting)
  • Lid latches and support shocks (condition, full operation and mounting)
  • Upholstery (general condition)
  • Canvas (inventory and condition)
  • Boat cover (condition and fit)
  • Fuel tank (type of material, access and condition)
  • Transom saver (condition and style)
Motor:
  • Compression test (all numbers recorded)
  • Electrical spark test
  • Scan engine for codes and history (if available on computer driven engines)
  • Trim gauge (accuracy and function)
  • Trim unit (overall condition and full function)
  • Spark plugs and wires (condition)
  • Engine wiring harness (condition)
  • Belts and hoses (condition)
  • Fuel lines and filters (condition, type and location)
  • Battery cables (condition and proper size)
  • Antifreeze (condition and freeze point)
  • Propeller (condition, size and style)
  • Lower unit seals (pressure and vacuum test condition)
  • Skeg (condition)
  • Motor mounts (condition)
  • Propeller shaft (check for straightness and spline condition)
  • Bellows and water inlet hose (condition)
  • Water pump impeller (age and condition)

Trailer:
  • Tires including spare (condition)
  • Wheel bearings (disassemble, inspect and repack)
  • Springs, frame, hardware and axle (condition)
  • Trailer brakes (style and condition)
  • Brake lines and master cylinder (condition)
  • Tail lights and wiring (operation and condition)
  • Tongue jack (condition and operation)
  • Coupler (condition and operation)
  • Winch and winch cable (condition and operation)
  • Tie downs (condition and style)
  • Rollers and or bunks (condition)
  • Fenders (condition and style)