Leisure Marine knows about marine motors, but even with modern motors and technology we are not infallible. Sure, you can hook up a computer to a modern unit and see a list of faults codes, but that will not indicate, for example, that the previous owner ran the gearbox without oil and that is why it is on the market, conveniently topped up, of course. With an older motor the lottery is even more open, and even compression tests and an experienced ear and eye combination cannot really guarantee a winning ticket.
How do we solve the problem? In reality we take a gamble on your behalf based on our knowledge and experience and we usually give a limited warranty for three months, during which we will provide the labour to fix any fault and the customer undertakes to purchase any required replacement parts, a 50/50 deal. Sometimes a used motor may still be covered by a manufacturer’s warranty, and provided that warranty is transferable and provided the service history is up-to-date and documented, then maybe a winning ticket is drawn. Remember, we are on your side, we want you to keep coming back to Leisure Marine and so we are going to try our hardest to ensure your satisfaction.
Marine outboard motors are incredibly reliable, and run for years despite all manner of abuse, but in the end they will all finish up in Davy Jones’ Locker*. We will try our hardest to ensure that your purchase is not the end of that particular line, because we want you to come back and buy another motor, another boat, like so many customers before you have done so successfully
*(also Davy Jones’s Locker, is an idiom for the bottom of the sea: the state of death among drowned sailors and shipwrecks. It is used as a euphemism for drowning or shipwrecks in which the sailor(s)’s and/or ship(s)’s remains are consigned to the bottom of the sea).