RPM BOATING BLOG
BOAT TECHS OR BURGER FLIPPERS? #1
They should say "Order Please". Most boat dealers and service techs are that dumb.
It always amazes me how there are so many boat dealers and virtually none of them do a thorough job on repairing your boat. Heck, when you look to purchase a new or used boat from one, they don't bother to tell you the very best way to take care of your expensive purchase. All they seem to care about is the "ringing the cash resister".
We just took in a late model (09') boat to sale that a dealer in Floresville, TX just finished installing a new 4.3V6 in a customer's boat due to a freeze crack. The customer forgot to drain it. Ok, so accidents happen. This dealer charged the customer $7,000.00 which should only have been about $4,000.00. The customer brings me the boat to sell for him and guess what? I would have to say that in my 53 years experience in the boating industry, that I have never seen a more sloppy and halfassed job. The rear motor mounts were missing three parts each, and of course the engine was out of alignment. The front motor mounts were still loose, (both sides) exhaust manifold to head bolts were never tightend (remove with fingers), no plug installed in oil pan where crank sensor would go, oil drain tube leaking, rear main one piece seal leaking, etc. Should I continue on with the problems we found? How about the filler hose to the gas tank was left completely loose? On top of this, we are questioning the newness of the engine, looks more like a used one since the rust is as prevelant as the paint. The dealer said they purchased it from Donavon, but Donavon does not show a record of this engine.
The customer is a really nice man and doesn't seem to be too upset although I told him I would not represent this boat in our sales line up unless he agreed to make it right.
Please be careful when dealing with service providers or dealers, that they are not burger fippers in disguise. Make sure they are thorough and experienced. Don't be afraid to ask quesitons, especially then it's a big ticket item. The boating season is here and you don't want to end up with it in the shop when it is supposed to be in the water tied up at your favorite spot. If you need advice or another opinion, feel free to call us at 830-865-3251. Ask for Pat. He'll do you right Of course, this is about boats and not burgers. I promise my next blog wont be about burgers.
BOATS NEED TLC. #2 Keep your boat like you keep your car or truck. Like your wife, boats need TLC too, more so than a car. Dont cover them (sort of) or neglect them mechanically. You will pay dearly for it later. Keep it out of the sun and well ventilated for protection from mildew. A breathable full covering boat cover is the best. Dont forget to use 303 protectant from mildew on all the vinyls and plastic surfaces. Compound, polish, sealer glaze and wax the gel coat surface to seal it from stains and mildew as well. When it comes to sell or trade, it will possibly draw as much as it sold for new.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG. #3
Finally, the long waited season has arrived. All of nature's colors are fresh and vivid. How about your boat? Is it fresh and vivid? Get that baby ready to go, time's awaste'n people! Give it a bath, a good polish job, charge the battery and fill the tank.
But before you take it to the water, put it on the hose and make sure everything works right. Check the oil, fire it up and check for proper temperature. If it's a little warm, probably should have the impellor replaced before the trip to the lake. Check the tires, wheel bearings, registration, licsense plate, etc. so it doesnt cost. When everything checks out, go have a blast!
Covid Cure! Yes Spring has Sprung #4
But everyone is sitting inside their house and not out in the open fresh air distancing themselves in a boat! Then they end up drinking the bourbon and hugging the bottle because they are destitute. The way to feel great again is buy a boat. That's all they have to do is buy a boat. We make it so so so so simple! OUR boat sales are all outside and bourbon is not needed. A reeeally smart buyer would take serious advantage of this time and purchase a great boat for penny's on the dollar. Normally we wouldnt be considering giving these boats away but this crap has killed the economy. You are getting FAT and wont be able to get up on your board this summer. So get off the couch, turn the tv off, yes you can bring the bottle with you and come see us. We are on the water so a test drive is super easy. With financing and insurance available on the spot, we can wave bye bye to you with your new purchase all in the same day. Remember "IT JUST DONT GET NO GOODER THAN RPMSPORTS".
BOATS ARE NOT OFFERED IN VENDING MACHINES. #5
Sorry to say this to everyone, but it's so true. Unlike the simple purchasing of a car or truck, you are pretty much "throwing the dice" if you try to buy a boat over the phone or internet. Actually I think you're nuts to try and really crazy to do so. They will come pick you up and take you to the looney farm. Even purchasing a new boat has some risks because boats come equipped with so many varying options, options from the builder and ADD-ON options from the dealer. NADA can not keep up will all of the add ons that are available today for a boat. When it comes to a used boat purchase, no telling what the previous owner has done to his boat or what he has modified. People are not near as familiar with boats as they are with cars and trucks. How in the heck can you try before you buy if you push a button on a vending machine for a boat that is going to drop down ready for you to drive off with? Dont be a fool. Go to a reputable dealer, talk with a salesman and tell them how you are going to boat this summer and let them guide you to the right design boat especially for you and your family. We've been selling boats for 53 years this summer and have learned how people play on the water. And dont buy a boat unless you can test drive it first. RPMSports is directly on the water. Remember "IT JUST DONT NO GOODER THAN RPMSPORTS".
FORM OVER FUNCTION #6.
This season will go down in history. There's not a "summer toy" in the country that hasnt been sold. It has beena fanominal year so far. Just make sure your eagerness to be on the water doesnt overwhelm your common sense in purchasing. It's so important to buy the right boat so you get the "biggest bang for the buck".That means the most amount of enjoyment possible for the dollars you spend. Always buy from a dealer, always buy high quality, always test drive before you buy, always get a warranty, always get "agreed to value" insurance. If you follow these guidelines, you will be happy you did. TRUST ME, because that's what we do.
BOAT BUYING LAW SUITS #7
It has been awhile since our last blog post. It's because this year, boat sales have gone absolutely crazy and we are absolutely worn out. Every boat dealer in the south has sold unprecedented numbers, so many sales that builders and dealers alike have no inventory. So buyers who can not find what they want, turn to buying from individuals. Law suits are running wild because of this unforseen phenomina.
Lawyers are making the coin repping bad boat buying deals. People dont know what they are selling and dont care, lots of scammers, just seeing an opportunity to move their boats and at high prices. The lawyers are filing civil deceptive trade which is equal to 3 times the amount which never gets settled but is a tremendous scare tactic. Or they are filing for repair costs plus fees for things like blown engines, cracked hulls, bad drive systems, etc. I can say that our customers are very happy that they purchased from us because we provide warranties on our boats. Please remember, whether you purchase from us or not, just make sure you buy from a reputible dealer and make sure you get a warranty. You might pay more but peace of mind is priceless!
Just received another really nice Malibu today 07-28-20. The same horror story from the seller as many others have spoke. Keep in mind, this is a $100,000.00 value used boat. This owner has taken pristeen care of his boat and it shows it. However, several attempts of selling it on his own has ended up bringing it to us. He lives 250 miles from us. Not to bore you with details, but he got to experience tire kickers, scammers and fraud. He told me yesterday "No More"!
Looks like the end of a fantastic season. We have never sold so many great boats in one season as we did this year. Met a lot of great people, too. Just wanted to say THANKS TO EVERYONE!
Its almost time to winterize your boat. I want to make sure everyone who owns one takes good care of it over the cold and unpredictable winter months. Dont wait until the last minute....could cost you major bucks!
Make sure the dealer does a complete and thorough job for you. We find so often the dealers really did a half*** job leaving you will possible problems. So just make sure. It's way way more involved than just draining the block. I almost forgot. It's a great time ,too, to sproose up your boat. Upholstery, gelcoat, engine, etc. We now carry a complete line of Holley Performance parts. A large section is devoted to boats. So even if you dont own a boat, Holley covers automotive, too.
UPHOLSTERY. We have a great guy doing in-house upholstery. He is so good that all of his work is guaranteed for one year. No one does that but RPMSPORTS. "IT JUST DONT GET NO GOODER THAN RPMSPORTS". 830 865 3251