- hen a part is listed for well below market value and you don't recognize the name of the website selling it, then it's not a good idea.
- You can sometimes purchase marine parts directly from the manufacturer.
- Most websites will offer you discounted offers right off of the bat when you sign up for their email list.
When the warmth of the summer sun hits your skin, it may get you itching to get out on the water. A boat is a great way to enjoy soaking up the sun, hanging out with family, and reeling in those trophy fish. To get your boat up and running, here are some tips you should follow when ordering your necessary boat parts online.
Consider The Source
When you start looking for parts you may be blasted away at the price. Everyone would like to get something for cheaper than its value. This can tempt you to simply search the part and try to find it listed for sale on any website for a cheaper price. Don’t get caught up in these schemes. When a part is listed for well below market value and you don’t recognize the name of the website selling it, then it’s not a good idea. The quality will likely be very low and you may have trouble receiving a reliable part.
Research Reputable Sources
As a boat owner, you likely know the name of some common boating brands. Some of the most popular are Sea Ray, Bertram, Lund, and MasterCraft. You can sometimes purchase marine parts directly from the manufacturer. There are some known selling sites for aftermarket parts like eBay and BassPro Shop. Before you even order your parts online, you should check out the customer reviews for the source to ensure that it’s a legitimate parts source.
Consider Signing Up For Their List
Many website owners know the valuable asset of their list. This is a list of individuals who input their emails to get special offers for their website. Most websites will offer you discounted offers right off of the bat when you sign up for their email list. When you figure out where you’re going to be purchasing your part from, consider signing up for their email list. You should receive discount offers within the first few minutes to the first day of signing up.
A great trick to try is to put the item that you want in your shopping cart. Don’t check out, rather, just exit out of the browser and wait. Some websites will email you within a few hours to a few days begging you to come back to buy the part at a discounted rate. If your purchase isn’t too time-sensitive, give this method a try and see what discounted rates you can enjoy on your marine parts while shopping online.
Make Sure They Have A Secure Payment Portal
When you order online, you’re going to be using your debit or credit card. It’s a good idea to take a look at the website and learn about their checkout process. Many reputable sites will have you checkout via PayPal or a similar online payment portal. This helps to ensure that your information stays safe during the transaction. If the website wants you to enter your information directly, you may want to think again about purchasing the part from there. Or, you may want to use a credit card instead of your debit card incase fraud is present.
Ensure They Have After Sales Service
You need to consider what will happen if the part isn’t the right one or if it fails early. Reputable online sources will have great after sales teams that will assist you. Take a moment and call the phone number on the website to ensure that you’re speaking to a real person and not a recording. Ask them what you should do if the part is not the right one? Just make sure that you have an outlet to exchange the part or get a replacement if you have a problem. There’s nothing worse than ordering from an online retailer to find out that there is no one there to exchange the wrong part.