So long story but here are some details. Signed a contract with a boat builder a few months ago. We agreed on a 135 HO over the Evinrude 115 and Mercury 115 and 150. The boat builder had engine quotes from a dealer he buys his engines from.
When the ten year promotion started, I sent the money to the builder (after discussing it with him) and he contacted his dealer to purchase the 135 HO. and secure the ten year warranty option.
So the builder tells me that the dealer told him that he would have to requote him because the promotion had changed and suggested the reason being that 'nothing is really free.'
The original quote was in effect, as the boat isn't even being started for a couple of months...
Not impressed. The builder is hesitant to deal with another dealer (likely for personal reasons) but I have lost trust with the dealer and really not very happy with the builder at this point. Dont see how this should be my problem.
I don't want to play the 'signed contract card' unless I have to as I am sure it will affect the buyer/builder relationship. Also don't want to 'cut off my nose to spite my face' but thinking of going with the Mercury just to make a point.
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Thanks for that. Ya these tariff fights kinda suck. I would have to look at my messages - pretty sure the dealer told me in an email he had this 135 HO in stock (received in October). Not that it matters much, guess I will just wait to see what the new improved price comes in at. I am kinda thinking (what seems to make sense) at this point is that the builder was just going to use the promotions 'free rigging' and then charge me for it again (as there is a cost line item on the contract for gauges and rigging). This is about the only thing that makes sense as he has also quoted Mercury engines (and to my understanding they don't come with any free rigging).
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The question of the day is, How much more is the increase and since I have bought my share of boats in the past, I only by the hull from the boat builder than take it to my favorite dealer and let them install the engine. That way you will have excellent service when you need it.
I will keep you posted at what the price increase is.
My understanding from having talked to dealers is that if a person chooses the 'extended warranty' over the 'free rigging' option, that the free rigging would cost about $1200 to buy seperately. I don't know how accurate that is.
This builder would not build a boat without engine/controls. I get his argument and concerns but agree that I would have almost preferred in hindsight to buy the engine from my local shop.
Well, good news for me, as the builder says he will honor the contract price and ensure the engine gets registered with the 10 yr warranty promotion.
He said something about the gauge package he had originally been quoted on is no longer available. Does that make any sense? Is there a gauge / gauge package that was offered last year that is no longer offered?
I started looking at the Merc engines, thinking this offer may go sideways. Thank goodness it didn't cause I just couldn't get excited about the Merc 'Fourstroke Series' engine...