Used outboard motors are not that cheap and most of them will definitely need some repair work. 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. You should have insight on the purpose so that you can make the right choices.
Shy away from getting motors which are made by companies with funny names because the probability that those items will serve you well is low. The age of the motor is crucial too because the ancient motors do not have spare parts in most cases. It is the serial and model number of the gadget that will tell the manufacturer the exact spare parts you should get. Getting a motor that does not have these numbers means that you will have a very difficult time getting help.
A used motor should be able to run even if there will be difficulties. Ensure the motor you want to buy can start even though a lot of work will have to be put towards this. Buying an item the owner cannot even remember the last time it was used is nothing but trouble. Even in online sales, establish the functionality of the gadget by asking a live video of the seller operating the gadget. Be keen when buying the merchandise because sellers will use all kinds of sweet words to entice you and be done with you as soon as they get the money.
If someone is pushing you to close the deal and becomes irritable if you express opinions which might point otherwise, it means there is something being left out. It is important to draft a contract which takes into account return policies and warranties to make sure you are well protected.