Originally Posted by Art View Post
Buyers Best 1st Group of Questions over the Phone!
3. Why are you selling?
8. Does your wife/girl-friend like your boat?
Originally Posted by Lost Horizons
Yet another reason to use a broker, so one does not have to deal with "tire kickers" asking personal/inappropriate/irrelevant questions.
No reason at all for you to imply the categories
A seller is fair game for being asked in-depth questions about their product for sale. When I sell autos, houses, boats, or other items I am prepared to answer any forthright "knowledge-needed" question asked by potential purchaser. It is the purchaser's right to learn all they can regarding property for sale. Brokers, although a good way for seller to distance themselves from the nitty-gritty of selling something, are a buffer (some times an inappropriate buffer) between seller and purchaser. When I purchase something I demand to learn it's full history to best of seller's (owner's) knowledge. When I sell I am happy to provide an item's full history, to best of my knowledge.
Point in case
: Some time ago I called on nice make sedan boat with a reasonable asking price. The ad mentioned some interior clean up needed... not much more... except a very enticing
statement that engines had only 275 hours each. I called and spoke with a person who at first it seemed was presenting himself basically as the owner. Did not take me long to discern it was not the owner but rather a "broker" selling the boat for an estate. When I asked further about the engines I was told they are re-manufactured originals, that had been rebuilt years ago by the deceased owner. Then I asked if I came to see the boat could he or the estate provide me with papers (invoices) on the engine rebuilds. I was told no, there were none. So I asked does anyone in the estate have previous relationship with this boat. I was told yes, his son. So... I asked if I could speak briefly with the son. I was told no. I left it with the broker that if papers on the engines could be located or if I could have brief chat with the son that I would come to review the boat during any time available for me to board; that I had cash to purchase it and that it's basic style was such as I seek. Please call me if either opportunity to learn more about the engines becomes available. I never heard back and have noted the same ad repeated for weeks.
Sooo - My question #3: "Why are you selling?" is more than relevant - it is pertinent!
Regarding my question #8 "Does your wife/girl-friend like your boat?" is another pertinent question, for we boaters who cherish our other half and always include their wishes/needs into decisions for items of material size we purchase (very much so regarding boats). And, the quick answer of seller to that question immediately gives me a scale of 1 to 10 reading on a female's view of the boat. This question also can lead to some pretty good boy-banter about girls and boats. I've even had the wife come onto the phone and give me her real feelings... be they good or bad.
Relationship between buyer and seller should become somewhat dynamic and not static. That way both entities can feel satisfied when a deal closes; as well as, OK if for some reason a deal falls apart.