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Sell Your Boat Through MGM Boats Highly Successful Brokerage

27th March 2024
One of MGM’s current brokerage listings: A 2021 Prestige 520 lying in Dun Laoghaire
One of MGM’s current brokerage listings: A 2021 Prestige 520 lying in Dun Laoghaire

When selling your boat, MGM Boats gives you a comprehensive package and leaves no stone unturned. What you get for your fee gives you real value for money and ensures you get the best return possible. Included in your fee are Valuation, Photography, Marketing, Inquiry management, Viewing handling, Negotiation, pre-survey engineering, Survey management, post-survey engineering, Finance handling, Paperwork handling, and final handover. All aspects are considered, and this has enabled MGM to be the leading Irish brokerage company for the last 25 years.

One of the most important things when selling your boat is showing it in the best possible light. Skilled photography makes your boat look its best and allows prospective buyers to get a clear image of the condition of the boat. MGM’s brokers know the best way to sequence the photos and they know the key parts to photograph. We live in such a visual environment nowadays and we buy based on that initial attraction or that spark that a vivid photo gives us.

MGM market your boat internationally. Everyone is looking for the best boat for their money, and as such, buyers can come from far and wide. MGM advertise your boat on 25 of the top platforms, getting eyes on your listing from all over the world with a focus on the performing markets. This approach has led to a long history of international business for MGM, with them selling a lot of boats to Germany, the Netherlands and France in particular. The higher the number of clients interested in the boat, the higher the sale price at the end of the day.

A boat recently sold on brokerage by MGM: a 2007 Dufour 425 Grande LargeA boat recently sold on brokerage by MGM: a 2007 Dufour 425 Grande Large

MGM are present at all major European and International boat shows. With their own dedicated brokerage stand at these shows, MGM meets hundreds of new customers and gets countless enquiries. As an owner, your boat listing will be seen by hundreds of people who might not see it otherwise. At Boot Dusseldorf 2024, the MGM team sold four brokerage boats.
MGM Boot Dusseldorf StandMGM Boot Dusseldorf Stand

MGM have a dedicated CRM. This has enabled them to build a vast portfolio of clients and the system is updated on an hourly basis by all brokers. Every phone call, walk-in, email and text are recorded and noted on the CRM, meaning MGM know exactly what each of their customers is looking for. When you list your boat for sale, they don’t wait for the phone to ring. Each new listing is privately issued to relevant clients meaning some boats end up being sold before they make it online.

When it comes to showing your boat, all viewings are dealt with by one of MGM’s experienced brokers. Every potential buyer is different, and MGM can ensure their impression of the boat is as positive as possible. Some buyers may be inexperienced and need a guiding hand while others may be hands-on boat owners with a detailed agenda to work through. MGM can work with whatever demands are made and ensure the client is happy when they finish.

To achieve the best possible sale price for your boat, MGM will negotiate on your behalf, though no sale price is final without your authorisation, and throughout the whole process, the broker will be on the phone checking in with you. Once the sale is agreed, MGM handle the finances with their dedicated client account. The seller never has to provide any personal details to a stranger.

MGM handle all paperwork, ensuring the title transfers correctlyMGM handle all paperwork, ensuring the title transfers correctly

MGM has a fully equipped boatyard providing the essential services that play a vital role in the sales process. Their purpose-built travel hoist enables the lift-out of your boat for survey and their highly skilled engineers can carry out repairs or improvements where necessary. On every second-hand boat a surveyor will find at least a few minor issues. By having MGM as your broker these issues can be rectified in house meaning there is no interruption to the sale process, the buyer remains happy, and the deal can be concluded.

MGM Boatyard Team and 50 Ton Travel HoistMGM Boatyard Team and 50 Ton Travel Hoist

MGM offer brokerage storage at a reduced rate. Although the space is limited, MGM have a dedicated sales berth in Dun Laoghaire as well as some yard space for trailer boats. Having the boat on their doorstep means they can facilitate viewings at any time, and it benefits the owner from a cost and logistics perspective.

The comprehensive brokerage package you get with MGM has been proven many times over the years and you do not have to look far in the boating community to find somebody who has sold a boat through them. MGM promise a smooth and straightforward sale with strong results.

Get in touch with the experts at MGM Boats today to find out more about their services and how they can help you with the sale of your boat, or finding your next boat!

Enquire at [email protected] , call 01 2802020 or call into one of their offices.

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About MGM Boats

MGM Boats is one of Ireland's leading boat brokers now operating internationally as well as throughout Ireland. MGM Boats was founded in 1997 by brothers Martin and Gerry Salmon who were previously worked as a carpenter, joiner and glass fibre laminator in the 1980s. Martin progressed to boat retailing in the late 1980s and Gerry was a service manager in the 1990s. From these many years of experience, MGM Boats was founded in 1997. It started out as a service, maintenance and repairs company based in Malahide, Co. Dublin.

The company grew in 1998 when the Aquador dealership was acquired. Starting as they meant to go on, in 2001 MGM became distributors for Jeanneau Motorboats and Yachts and also opened its second office in Belfast. MGM had begun to create what would be an international and acclaimed brokerage company.

In 2003, MGM Boats moved to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Co. Dublin. The large office space and yard expanded the service department and paved the way for MGM to acquire the dealership for Sunseeker in Ireland in 2003.

From then, MGM built up its brokerage listings and in 2009 it opened its office in Hamble, UK. This has led to many years of MGM being present at all major UK boat shows, and each year growing their presence and listings.

The success of MGM's brokerage listings spread internationally, leading in 2012 to 2 new offices being opened in the Mediterranean - in Villamoura, Portugal and Mallorca, Spain. The now international brand and team throughout these years received many awards for their enterprising spirit, customer service and international presence, including winning Sunseeker Distributor of the Year in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

This also led to a new Irish office being opened in Kinsale, Co. Cork increasing their presence within Ireland as well as abroad.

At A Glance – MGM Boats Agencies

MGM Boats are Irish agents for the following yacht and motorboat manufacturers

  • Jeanneau sail
  • Jeanneau power
  • Prestige
  • Lagoon catamarans
  • Aquador
  • Bayliner
  • Zodiac

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