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Discussion in 'Dock Talk' started by Pittsburgh, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh Commodore

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    I just got a HUGE WAKE UP CALL !!
    Our Benny is at The Preferred Dealer due to the winter season.
    I gave a call to make some arrangements for delivery in spring.
    Was asked if I would be interested in a New Bennington
    Who would say No ?
    So the process began by phone.

    Refresher for everyone ..
    I own a 2014 Bennington SL 21
    Yamaha 90 hp 4 Stroke 145 hours total
    No Dents Bumps Scratches
    Carpet Excellent
    Lighting Pkg
    Radio.. I Pod
    Depth Finder Fish Spotter
    Water Temp

    Trade In Value 13000.00

    Thoughts

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  2. lakeliving

    lakeliving Well-Known Member

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    Are you happy with the current one? Trade in values to me are always low so I sell my stuff for sale by owner
     
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  3. RodEarl74

    RodEarl74 Well-Known Member

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    Not sure what MSRP was? Run a quick NADA report. That will give you a baseline of what its actually worth...
     
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  4. Pittsburgh

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    LOL LOL , I am very Happy with my existing Benny.
    Couldn't help the temptation of at least looking into it
    The 10 year warranty was a good reason as was new amenities



    I dont want to get into costs actual break down of price
    Suffice it to say I bought new and paid more than double
    Boats in my opinion are not like cars
    It has been used 145 hours lol lol lol
    Trade in is less than half
    As Lakeliving stated selling it outright is the way to go
    I will just stick to what I have
    Was surprised as I have seen many people here trade boats in
    Couldn't help but think why or how
    Just seemed shocking to me 145 hours (LOL LOL LOL )

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  5. Busstuf

    Busstuf Active Member

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    Great advice to run a NADA report. Bennington’s have historically had great resale values. I have sold mine myself in the spring and within a month,each time.
     
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  6. Pittsburgh

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    That is the case here at our Lake
    The resale time is minimum and the sale price seems much higher
    After talking it over with my wife
    We have decided there is no reason to buy new
    The cost of new was much higher than what we paid
    Most importantly it did not include any of the options we had either
    Best to keep what we have
    I am sure they would resale it for 20,000.

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  7. TwoTone

    TwoTone Well-Known Member

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    $13k is nothing short of theft...

    Low Retail is $18k and Average Retail is $21k (and that's not including all of your adds)...

    If the boat is in as good as shape as you say, I'd buy the new one with no trade, then sell your 2014 on your own...

    Clean, well cared for Benny's are something buyers will travel for...

    Run your ad on Craigslist in every market within 250 miles of you - that will be somewhere around 20 plus ads...

    Cost is zero to run it on there...

    Ask for Average Retail and hold to it...

    It will sale before 60 days is out...

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  8. Pittsburgh

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    Two - Tone

    I agree with you 100% but didnt want to over react
    It is well maintained, low hours, clean , damage free and seemed to be a low ball at best
    More of an outright rip off at worse
    I am thinking it is me
    I have had no luck with being treated fairly by dealers
    There are only 2 within 150 miles
    The first I purchased from I would never go to again
    The second I have sent countless customers to
    Gives me a Trade In which is laughable

    Keeping what I have is the only alternative
    Even if I sold it
    I wouldnt want to purchase a New Benny from either Dealer

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  9. Jack M

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    Trade in is low
     
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  10. TwoTone

    TwoTone Well-Known Member

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    Agreed Jack...

    My first Bennington was a 2013 22SSX with a Merc 90...

    MSRP was $36k and we purchased it for $27k...

    Sold it in 2015 with 360 hours on the motor for $30k...

    The boat was always stored indoors when not in use and was babied from day one...

    I learned a long time ago that taking care of your stuff pays...
     
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  11. Pittsburgh

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    Now why dont I get that kind of treatment here in Ohio
    What is wrong with the dealers here
    Is it that there are only 2 Bennington Dealers in 150 miles
    Extremely frustrating
    What makes it worse is that after knowing what they think of you as a customer
    You Don't Care To Go Back

    I Paid 30k for Benny and Shorelander Trailer
    I will keep trailer
    But 13000 for the Benny
    I thought I would of heard 18 - 21k
    Then I said wow that seems extremely low
    His reply was drive on over...
    Maybe I can get you 2 to 300 more

    LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

    Why Bother
    It is what it is
    Too Funny

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  12. Jack M

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    Trying to make a heavy profit. Especially with the price increase's since your purchase . I cant touch anything close to mine for anywhere near what I paid
     
  13. Pittsburgh

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    FRUSTRATING at best
    Oh well

    When I first bought the boat as you know Jack
    I said I would keep it and be happy
    With what I have here to deal with
    It is much easier to do

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    Saddest part is .......

    My Benny is worth nothing
    Their Boat is 31,900.00
    No Lights at all ???
    Am told it is an option
    Many Boaters dont go out at NIGHT

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    Can I purcase a New Car without Headlights
    If I dont drive at NIGHT ??

    It is either me or the region I live in
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  14. ILLINOIS AVE

    ILLINOIS AVE Well-Known Member

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    Sloooooow Doooooown ! Plenty of time to work things out. Take some good pictures put on Craigslist and see what happens. It's the middle of Feb. Still snow on the ground.
     
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  15. BigKahuna

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    If you are happy with what you have......Keep it! There's always going to be the latest and greatest out there. You don't have to keep up with the Joneses. Is there anything that you would want on a new boat that your current boat doesn't have? That trade in amount is a slap in the face. I understand that they have to make money too but that's awfully low. Enjoy your boat this spring!
     
  16. Pittsburgh

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    Big Kahuna

    You are right I wasn't even thinking new Benny
    When he asked I thought it was worth considering
    I know the new warranty is for 10 years
    I have always liked to keep everything under warranty
    Truth be known with 145 hours on Benny due to health , weather etc
    It is not imperative to buy a new Benny
    Was a bit shocked on the Trade In Value
    Wanted to see if it was just me or did the Value seem low to others

    Love The Benny and I am sure there is still plenty of years left in it

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  17. SEMPERFI8387

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    Just remember, seller always thinks trade price is too low. These people are in it to make money. That trade might sit a day or a year. When I traded mine, yea my dealer was lower than what I could get from “street price”. If it didn’t sell, I was sitting on two boats come spring, PLUS, I’d have my winter storage of $500, PLUS, my hauling fees of $300-ish, PLUS, the aggravation of tire-kickers and low ballers AND either way they wouldn’t take it till spring. With the trade deal done, they pulled and stored for free, plus I built more equity in the boat over winter. It was worth the couple grand (up front but more like $500 on back end) to hand them the keys and walk away with our new one.
    Just my 2 cents ... ;):)
     
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    Just negotiate if you genuinely want to upgrade. Much like buying a car, I’m sure the dealers get lowball offers to buy their New boats every day. I never want to be the guy who pays too much but don’t want to be “THAT GUY” they don’t want to help either. I’m sure you can find a happy medium. :)
     
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  19. Pittsburgh

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    Thank You All,

    It was a temptation and worth consideration
    Have had The Benny Four Years
    This Season will be my 5th
    With only 145 on the motor and all else doing well
    I will just keep it as I do cars run it to the end of its life
    before considering to buy another

    The 90 HP is plenty for the Lake we are on and I have
    all the options I need

    Sometimes it takes a wake up call to fully appreciate what you
    already have

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