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  • Tips on Buying a 1988 Prostar 190

    I'm looking for help on buying an extremely clean 1988 Prostar 190. It has been garage kept, original owner, less than 300 hours. He is asking $11,500, which seems very high, but this is a real gem (I think).

    I'm supposed to go meet him today and drive it, but I want to be ready with questions.

    Questions:
    - I'm not very mechanical, so should I pay a mechanic to look at it?
    - What should this mechanic be looking for? Compression test?
    - What is a boat like this really worth? I was thinking of around $8500 - $9k...I know the blue book is lower.

    Unfortunately his post on Craigslist has expired, so I can't post the pics this morning

    Thanks!

  • #2
    There is a Platium 88 190 on here that is pristine for 12,995 right now. I guess it's worth what it's worth to you. I overpaid a little (11,500) for my 94 190, but it was low hours, had been taken care of and the seller's wife was sic, so I didn't beat him up too much.
    Feel the steering to see that it feels good and check tracking to see if it tracks straight. Talk with the seller about maint. on the boat as well as the trailer. Bearings, tires, actuators can add up real quick if they need done.
    I agree, the price should be less, but he may have a super nice boat and that drives price. Good luck.
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    • #3
      Thanks skifreak. I will check out the tracking and see what he says about the past maintenance.

      We're going to meet in 2 hours. I'll get some pics too.

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      • #4
        It's the season for prices to rise. I think that is a high price as there are a lot of newer boats for less money.

        Overall condition will tell you a lot about the boat. Unless the interior has been redone recently, then it's a crap shoot.

        It is important to have the boat "cold" during any test drive. Be leary of a seller that has the boat "warmed up" prior to your arrival. This MAY be an indication that it has carb issues. On an older boat and without a lot of knowledge, I would pay a mechanic to look the boat over. A boat mechanic should know what to look for and what to test.

        Good luck.
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        • #5
          There is the same boat for sale now here in Ohio for $8500 from Zsqure. Clean and same as the one your looking at. Can't see where your located on my phone but the other price seems to be a tad high.
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          • #6
            Pwrman, how far south is south? Look in the for sale section. I can send more pictures.
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            • #7
              Seems outrageous to me. I have a 88 that I got from a member on the site and its really nice and did not pay even close to that. You can do better. Even if its all it's advertised to be that is simply too much $ for that model boat in my opinion.

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              • #8
                It's priced high IMO. I just bought a '97 from the original owner also pristine for about the same price. That's an $8500 boat. Maybe add a grand if it is pristine and original owner and low hours.
                '97 Prostar 190 - LT-1

                Prior boats - 2009 X14, 2008 X14, 2005 197, 1988 Tristar 190, 1989 Prostar.

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                • #9
                  I'd sell mine for less that...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by reftech View Post
                    I'd sell mine for less that...
                    What do you own?
                    '97 Prostar 190 - LT-1

                    Prior boats - 2009 X14, 2008 X14, 2005 197, 1988 Tristar 190, 1989 Prostar.

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                    • #11
                      Too much dinero IMHO.

                      Lots of nice boats for $12k, newer and so on.

                      Everyone wants to retire on their used toys...

                      A wise friend once told me, there is a big difference between advertizing and selling. What does the boats owner want to do?
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                      • #12
                        I have a verbal agreement to buy this boat for $10k. I put down $300 to hold it. Sounds like this might be high. The boat is in really good shape and this is an original owner boat.

                        Pics - http://s6.beta.photobucket.com/user/...0Prostar%20190

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by pwrman View Post
                          I have a verbal agreement to buy this boat for $10k. I put down $300 to hold it. Sounds like this might be high. The boat is in really good shape and this is an original owner boat.

                          Pics - http://s6.beta.photobucket.com/user/...0Prostar%20190
                          If you are willing to pay that price, that is what it is worth.

                          My opnion is that the price is too high.

                          However, I too have paid a premium price for a boat in good condition.

                          My market price indicator says ~$8,500.

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                          • #14
                            Without a tower and upgrades too high -- +1
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                            • #15
                              seems a bit high, but looks good in the pics.

                              Save yourself some money and buy my 89 tristar for 8500.00

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