Even when you succeed in getting second-hand outboard motor for sale, you will have to cough up a considerable amount to buy it and even more to complete repairs. The discounts you are likely to get will not be worth much and this calls for hyper-vigilance in inspections so that you confirm the repair work is not going to cost you an arm and a leg. If you are experienced in completing the repairs, this is not going to be an issue but those who cannot need to weigh the options between the used and a new one.
Make sure the motor will fit the use you want to put it in before you make the purchase. Even skilled handymen require a service manual to complete the repairs and there are other items which are needed in the work. You should also have in mind the use of the motor will be put into before purchase too. Outboard motors are commonly used for fun motor, fishing, restoration projects as well as running. Knowing the motor purpose will guide you into making the right choice.
The brand of the motor is crucial too because not all brands can be trusted. Also, buying motors which were made many decades ago means getting the spare parts will be difficult thereby rendering the item useless. The model and the serial number of the gadget will guide the manufacturer in getting you the repair items you need. Do not buy a motor where these numbers are missing or worn out because it will be a big hassle getting the exact spare parts.
A second-hand motor does not mean that it needs to be out of functionality. Do not buy a machine that cannot start no matter what repairs are needed. Be wary of purchasing outboard motors which have been out of use for decades because you will not have much success even if you replace each and every part. If you are making an online purchase, have the seller supply a video of him or her starting the motor. Caution should be exercised because sellers are cunning and will go to any extends to convince you to close the deal.
Do not make a purchase where it seems like you are being pushed to make the purchase as soon as possible with no regards to the concerns you express. Protect yourself by asking for a warranty or even signing a return policy contract so that you can recover your money if the item is not what you were promised when you were closing the deal.