Buying a used boat from the USA through eBay and bringing it over to Australia (or any other country) can turn out to be one of the best deals anyone can get. However, it can also be extremely tricky and confusing if you lack the necessary experience or if you are simply not too familiar with the inner works that buying a boat (and importing it) involves.
Here is a brief overview of some most important aspects to consider when buying a boat from the USA through eBay in order to bring it overseas.
To start, you shouldn’t just jump on the first attractive offer that shows up on your eBay search. Take some time exploring the different offerings available and get familiar with the format and the frequency in which good offers show up. Also, make sure to thoroughly read through all the listings you are interested in, since sometimes the fine print can contain some important information about the state of the boat (remember, this is a boat you are planning to import, so every detail matters). Only then you will really know when you have found a true bargain.
Now, once you find your dream boat, make sure to consider paying between 2X to 2.5X its price in order to fully cover all the expenses that importing it over will cost. This is something that always shocks those who have never imported a boat before, but it is the average of the industry and, considering the amazing offers that one can find on eBay from time to time, it is well worth it.
After that, you should perform a thorough research on the boat you want to buy and then you should contact the eBay seller with any questions that you might have. The promptness and accuracy of his/her reply will give you a pretty good idea of how professional and dedicated he or she is.
Then, once you decide upon a boat, the next step before buying it will be to hire an independent surveyor to have the boat thoroughly checked. This can cost a little bit, but they will give you a very detailed report on the state of the vessel, which can serve as leverage in order to negotiate a better price from the eBay seller.
Now, here comes the tricky part. While most people believe that any international freight company can take care of bringing over the boat they got, there is always a far better choice to go for a service that specializes in exporting boats, even more when the service is a local one, which definitely brings a better sense of security when it comes to transporting such an investment.
This is where services like ours can help you turn what can be a true ordeal into a pretty smooth process, since we have detailed knowledge of all transportation procedures and of every import regulation, which will save you tremendous amount of time and money in the end. And the best part of all is that we remain in close contact with you through all the process, which makes choosing International Boat Transport, a no-brainer.