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Old 07-26-2017, 05:25 PM
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Fraud Question - Purchased boat with 88 listed hours vs 329 actual

So this is something I haven't heard of.

I just purchased a 2007 CSX 220 SS with what I thought had only 88 hours on it. The oil looked like it needed to be changed when I received it so I took it to the local dealer (South Florida Marine) and the engine computer returned 335 hours while the gauge read 94 (I put 6 hours on it since I received it).

I'm pretty sure the seller purchased the boat a few months ago under the assumption the boat only had around 65 hours on it then (vaguely remember the listing) so I don't place blame on him.

I'm tempted to file a suit against the original owner than replaced/modified the gauge to read the incorrect hours for defrauding the previous owner and inadvertently defrauding me.

My question for ya'll is what would you do in this situation?
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:27 PM
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Buyer beware. I think you have what you have and probably should of had it inspected prior to buying it.
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:30 PM
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I hired a surveyor to inspect it but when I called him, his response was "I'm a boat surveyor, not an engine surveyor. I only check the gauge".

Also, its fraud when a seller/dealer lists a boat for X hours when its Y actual hours.
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:37 PM
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Any history on an engine or Ecm replacement. Was it a mastercraft dealer?
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:38 PM
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suing a twice removed owner on a 10 yr old boat? wow.
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:38 PM
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IMO since you had no contract with the person who changed the gauge you are SOL. The original person would have standing but only if he could prove damages. That is the civil law answer. fraud is a crime but I doubt you'll get anyone to actually prosecute it.
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:45 PM
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I paid $425 for a survey from a marine surveyor and $150 for a compression test and engine diagnostic from a local marina before I bought my boat because unfortunately boat surveyors are in fact not engine surveyors...

Sorry to hear this but filing a suit against someone you didn't buy a boat from directly sounds like it could get awfully expensive. At the end of the day, what are you expecting to get out of it?

You've got a boat with 300 something hours. Sucks you got played. If I was you, I'd pay to get a compression test done. If you get good reading across all of the cylinders then I would say the hell with it and go enjoy the damn thing! If you get crappy readings, then I might dig into it a little deeper.
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:48 PM
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Would rather have a 10 year old boat with 300 hours anyways versus 80. That's a LOT of sitting.
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:49 PM
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Would rather have a 10 year old boat with 300 hours anyways versus 80. That's a LOT of sitting.
that's another good point, probably a couple of years of being shacked up

I have no idea how many hours my boat has. The hour gauge has never worked in the 3 years I've owned it and I haven't gotten an engine diagnostic since lol!
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:49 PM
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335 hours on an '07 is nothing. If it's running well, enjoy it. Your anger will subside shortly when you're cruising around in your sweet MC
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