PRE PURCHASE INSPECTIONS
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So your thinking of buying a used boat - You Should always Travel to inspect it before making any offer! Never Buy a used boat without having a thorough inspection carried out. You could be buying someone else's Problem. Did you know the value of a 115Hp outboard engine could be in excess of $15000 to replace if you buy a lemon and no Lemons are not normally denoted by a shiny yellow fruit bolted to the back of a boat. They are more subtly hidden generally lurking inside a cylinder or gear box.
Boats are a different kind of animal unlike cars that start drive and go well which could mean that it's a good thing - boats generally speaking are a Porsche that's parked in the ocean. It's really important to keep the maintenance up to scratch, because like the Porsche, the corrosion from being in such a salty environment will take its toll unless its done.
The thing you will find with most used boats is that the maintenance after warranty has lapsed is fairly thin or minimal. now say if theres a period of time 2 years plus where there is no receipt of maintenance ( generally speaking a person doing the servicing themselves is not conducting thorough maintenance ) there is a fairly good chance that there will be repairs needed. most of the time they are quite expensive as corrosion generally equals component replacement.
Starting at $220 for an Outboard & $399 for an Inboard/sterndrive, let us inspect your future pride and joy so you know it's in tip top condition when you part with your hard earned money.
Our Mobile Mechanics come with you to inspect the vessel and go over the boat so you know any hidden problems so you don't end up with a nasty surprise. It is this level of detail that truly sets us apart and gives you the peace of mind to buy your next vessel with confidence.
A mechanical inspection from Falcon Services Australia will consist of detailed testing of the following mechanical components:
Anode(s) External Inspected and reported
Battery Inspected, and reported
Fuel, oil & cooling water leakage Inspected and reported
Cowling clamp Inspected and reported
Engine starting condition/abnormal noise Inspected reported
Engine idling speed/abnormal noise Inspected and reported
Engine oil ** Inspected and reported
Engine Manifolds inspected and reported
Engine hours if present, inspected and reported
Propeller type and pitch inspected and reported
Primary fuel filter/water separator Inspected and reported
Intermediate fuel filters *** Inspected and reported
Boat-mounted 10-Micron fuel filter Inspected and reported
Fuel lines, engine Inspected and reported
Gear oil Inspected and reported
Grease Points Inspected and reported
Power trim/tilt unit Inspected and reported
Propeller, propeller nut & cotter pin Inspected and reported
Spark plugs Inspected and reported
Spark plug caps & leads Inspected and reported
Main ignition switch & stop switch Wire harness connections Inspected & reported
Trailer Visual Condition inspected and reported
Trailer Tyre Condition and year of tyres inspected and reported
Trailer Bearing Condition inspected and reported
Hull Visual Condition / Deck / Underside, inspected and reported
Hull structural composite inspected and reported
Transom Visual Cracks (if any present) reported
Transom Visual Chips (if any present) reported
Safety Gear (if present) inspected and reported
Gearbox function, inspected and reported
The above items will be scored so you can weigh up the pros and cons make an educated decision on buying your boat.
Once the report is carried out our internal report will be sent to head office and evaluation of present condition, Maintenance history and age are taken into consideration to give an overall grading of the vessel.
This process is done as a procedure to enable us to inform you of your standings, current maintenance, cost and future costs as well as giving you overall grading of the vessel out of 10 for its applicable life span. Allowing you to make an informed decision. There is no single layer process. With this in mind you can negotiate with the seller to adjust the price so you're getting a fair deal.
We also can provide you with a completed Insurance inspection report or finance application report if necessary. This $390 additional to a pre-purchase exam ( Trailer Boats Only ) which is a different form suitable for 3rd party purposes.
The level of inspection varies from one product to another as does the level of detail entered.
This reflects requirements that various bodies require and the time involved.
We do all inspections with you, the customers best interest in mind! We speak freely on our thoughts of the condition of the vessel and give you our personal opinion on the vessel to the very best of our knowledge.
Contact Falcon on 0458852591