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Negotiating price on new boat

Iím close to pulling the trigger on buying a new boat. And, by the way, you guys have been very helpful to me in the past in answering my questions and Iíve also gathered a lot of info from your advice to others on this board.

Hereís my question. In buying a new boat, how much can one expect in a discount from the dealerís ďlist/retailĒ price? Iím looking at boats in the $155k - $175k retail range not including options. I bought a power boat about six years ago for a list of around $200k and negotiated a little over a 10% discount. So Iím guessing I should get at least that today with a sailboat? Unlike cars, boats donít have a lot of info out there on invoice pricing, rebates, etc. that give you the ability to have intelligent informed negotiations. One is running blind in negotiating a boat, so any info to help clear up the fog for me would be greatly appreciated.
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Negotiating price on new boat

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I don''t think there''s any more a magic nunmber for new boats than for new cars - they''re both a question of supply and demand. That you can get 15% OFF list on a Chevy Monte Carlo doesn''t mean you pay 5% OVER list for Infiniti G35.

Buying a new car, or a new boat, if you don''t walk away from the deal at least once, then you haven''t found the lowest price. Walking away twice, don''t be too eager, they''ll be pleased to see you the next day too.
Good luck.
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Negotiating price on new boat

Yikes, make my comment:
"That you can get 15% OFF list on a Chevy Monte Carlo doesn''t mean you WON''T pay 5% OVER list for Infiniti G35."
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