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Trade-In FAQs

Do you have questions about trading in your boat? Are you ready to trade up to your next boat? Maybe you want more space, new features, or something completely different! Read our FAQs on trading in and up for answers to the questions on your mind.

What are the benefits of trading in my boat instead of selling myself?

Once a dealer takes your trade-in you are no longer the owner of your boat and not responsible for it. When selling your boat yourself until you find a buyer for your boat you remain the owners and are responsible for it. Additionally, a dealer will likely have the resources to spruce up your boat and make it attractive to buyers if any work is needed. MarineMax has active customers looking for a boat, and it just might be yours! Since you are no longer the owner of the boat and have moved on to enjoying your new boat, you will not have to worry about the hassles of showing your boat to potential buyers, sea trailing it or having a survey completed either. 

When trading in your current boat and moving in to your new boat, in some states, there is a sales tax benefit. You may only pay sales tax on the price of the new boat less the amount of the trade in. Check with your local state registration agency.


What is the difference between trading in my boat and working with a broker to sell my boat?

When you trade in your boat with a dealer, the process is completed and the dealer takes ownership of the boat and is responsible for it moving forward. When using brokerage services to sell you boat, you will continue to own your boat until a buyer purchases your boat. 


What do I need to have to trade my boat in?

Have your title or documentation ready once you decide to trade-in your boat. Being prepared in advances eliminates the last minute search to find these documents.


How do I start the trade-in process?

With MarineMax simply contact your local store. A team member will talk to you to learn about your current boat and complete a trade-in evaluation. During this process, a sales consultant will also work with you to help you in finding your next dream boat!

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