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Trying to sell? Don't publish HIN!!

I recently offered my boat for sale on a website that requested my HIN. The purpose was to link prospective buyers to a website that uses your HIN to search for records of accidents, salvage, sinking, hurricane exposure, etc.

I was surprised to see that the link showed that my boat had two records of incidents. To find out what those incidents were, the buyer (or seller) has to pay $45.00. I have owned this boat since it was almost new and I know of no such incidents nor have I found it to be unseaworthy in any way. I believe they mis-typed the HIN into the database. Even if I pay for the records to see if what they claim is true, I probably can't get them to believe that they are wrong and change it

The day this link was attached to my ad, the inquiries stopped cold. Why would anyone pay to see the record of a boat with two unknown incident unless they are seroiusly planning to buy it? And why would anyone seriously plan to buy a boat with serious issues? Easier to pass on it.

To their credit, the website that placed my ad refunded my money, but now I have one less avenue to use to sell.

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Why you publish or include the HIN in an ad? There's no reason to publish or include the HIN in an ad. It doesn't give you any advantage, so why bother?
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You're right

You are correct, of course, SailingDog. In this case, the website requested that all sellers provide their HIN so that buyers can check the boat for problems in advance of paying for a survey or a visit.

I provided my HIN never suspecting that any records of incidents would appear nor did I suspect that they would indicate that my boat had two such incidents and then want $45.00 just to find out what they are.

I noticed that I was the only seller who actually provided my HIN. Guess the joke is on me.

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Ok What Are You Selling And Where Is It ;;thanks (no Hin) Ha Ha
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While looking for an O'day 222

I also ran across this web site too.. I got suspicious when all three of the hin #'s I had given had two items to check out. Don't know what they were cause I didn't pay to look. two boat #'s were fake and one was real.
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While looking for an O'day 222

I also ran across this web site too.. I got suspicious when all three of the hin #'s I had given had two items to check out. Don't know what they were cause I didn't pay to look. two boat #'s were fake and one was real.
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The HIN can be of value. I've heard plenty of people say "what year and model is my boat" and sometimes, owners are listing it wrong. Having the HIN can confirm just what it is, and perhaps confirm problems with a lien, title, etc. as well. Publishing the HIN can also be bad, because it means someone else now has a valid HIN and can use it to fraudulently "clean" the registration on another boat of that model. (Yes, HINs are altered and forged that way.)

On the other hand, that service sounds like the CARFAX service for cars. In theory Carfax is great, it lets you find out if the car you are looking at has been in accidents, etc. In practice? Carfax has a corrupt database and takes no remedial actions about errors reported to them. I'm the original owner of my car, I know exactly where the title is and has been. But according to Carfax, a second or duplicate title was issued on the car, without my knowledge. Carfax is the only place that "knows" about this other title, but they refuse to respond to questions or complaints about their records.

With policies like that...who can believe anything they say?

If any service doesn't provide good customer service, forget 'em.
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As the above poster said, it could be just like carfax. when I bought my used car I decided I would try it and pay the 25$ fee to check out what my "6" incidents" were.. turns out it was just insurance company policy renewals and changing the company.

Might be the same for you too if you had changed your insurance company for the boat twice?

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Thanks for your relpies to my original post. You made some good points. In fact, I now feel more like an idiot than when I first started this thread.

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I just entered the HIN for our brand new Jeanneau 43 DS, And guess what... Their system show 2 records.

I think the boat history report site is a scam...

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