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1.   Audio FAQs
Engine program.mp3 (260K)
2 minute audio answering questions about our engine program.
   
2.   Standard Features
  What is included when I purchase a motor?
  How do I know which of your motors have electric start, power trim, or a tiller?
   
3.   Choosing A Motor
  Should I buy a 2-Stroke or a 4-Stroke motor?
  How big of a motor can I put on my boat?
  Are your motors new or used?
   
4.   Availability
  What if the motor that I want is not on your Web site?
  How often do you update your online inventory?
   
5.   Warranty
  What type of warranty will I get with the motor?
  Do you offer any extended coverage?
   
6.   Tax, Shipping, Insurance and Titles
  Do I have to pay any sales tax?
  From where will my motor ship?
  When you ship my motor, will it be insured against freight damage?
  Do your motors come with titles?
   
7.   Financing Options
  Do you offer financing?
   
8.   Condition and Value
  What is my motor worth?
   
9.   Accessories
  Do you sell propellers?
   
10.   About Us
  How do I know that you are a legitimate company?
  Where are you located?




What is included when I purchase a motor?
Engine manufacturers no longer include any rigging components with the engine, so our outboard motors do not include controls, gauges or other rigging accessories. They are, however, available upon request at very competitive prices.

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How do I know which of your motors have electric start, power trim, or a tiller?
We know that it is important for you to order the motor that has the features that you want. We have created an inventory listing that makes it easy for you to determine which motors have the specifications that you need.

From the first few letters in each listing you can easily identify the specifications of the motor that you are interested in. As you can see there is a key at the top of each horsepower range of motors. The key to understanding these letters is as follows:

Start
Control
Tilt-Trim
M = Manual
E = Electric
H = Hand (Tiller)
R = Remote
P = Power Trim
N = No Power Trim

From the above key we can conclude that if the motor is listed as an MHN it must be a manual start, hand control model with no power trim. Likewise if a motor is listed as ERP we can determine that it must have electric start, remote control, and power trim.

If the motor that you are looking at does not have power trim and you would like to add it please check out our CMC Power Tilt and Trim. Also, if you can’t find the configuration that you are looking for, please call us. There are many unique models in our inventory that are not posted online.

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Should I buy a 2-Stroke or a 4-Stroke motor?
Optimax, OX66, EFI, Classic, DFI — Are you confused yet? It used to be that an outboard was an outboard. All of the new technology and developments offer so many fascinating options the downside is that it can be very confusing to know which motor is best for your personal situation. At this point most manufacturers offer a wide range of choices when it comes to the type of motor being offered. There are specific advantages to both 2-stoke motors and 4-stroke motors. We would recommend reading this article about the difference between 2-stroke DFI motors and 4- stroke motors to assist you in choosing a higher horsepower engine.

Don't get too overwhelmed, we can offer expert and unbiased counsel to help you determine which motor technology best fits your needs. The following chart should help you identify some of the manufacturers' terminologies.

2-Stroke 4-Stroke
Carbureted EFI DFI Carbureted EFI
Mercury Classic
Johnson 2-Stroke
Yamaha 2-Stroke
Mercury EFI
Yamaha EFI
Yamaha OX66
Mercury Optimax
Yamaha HPDI
Evinrude FICHT
Evinrude E-Tech
Mercury 4-Stroke
Honda 4-Stroke
Yamaha 4-Stroke
Johnson 4-Stroke
Mercury 4-Stroke EFI
Honda 4-Stroke EFI
Yamaha 4-Stroke EFI
*2hp - 25 hp *150hp - 250hp *75hp - 250hp *2hp - 70hp *30hp - 225hp (no 150)

Now that you are a little more familiar with some of the technologies that are out there, please use the following chart to help you determine which technology will be best for your application. Please note that the following is generalized information and does not apply to every scenario.

  2-Stroke 4-Stroke
  Carbureted EFI DFI Carbureted EFI
Cost:
Weight:
Fuel Economy:
Acceleration:
Environmentally Friendly:
Sound Level:
Cost of Repairs:
Reliability:
Smoothness of Idle:
EPA 2006 Compliance:

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How big of a motor can I put on my boat?
Maximum horsepower ratings are established for your boat by the boat manufacturer and then certified by the USCG. A plate fastened to your hull provides that information. We strongly recommend that you comply with the maximum horsepower rating that has been established for your boat.

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Are your motors new or used?
Each of our motors is classified so you can easily determine what condition the motor is in. When you read our listings you will see that each motor is classified as "Select Pre-Owned" and "New".  A classification has been circled in the sample listing below so you can see what to look for. We offer only the major brands and only the best available deals from those manufacturers. Scroll down to see a reference explaining each of our engine classifications in detail.



Engine Classification Reference

New: We do not list any brand new, current year model outboards. If you are looking for a current year model motor please visit one of our affiliated dealers located on our Boating Directory.

New/Demo: These motors are motors that have never been owned.They are most likely motors that are leftovers or non-currents. These motors usually carry manufacturer warranties. On occasion these motors can be open-box specials or showroom models. The only reason that one of these motors might have been operated would have been for demonstration purposes.

Select Pre-Owned:
We have access to hundreds of quality Pre-Owned outboards. In fact we are by far the largest outboard motor retailer online. These Pre-Owned motors are usually late model versions and are usually substantially discounted. Every one of these motors is gone through to make sure that everything is working properly. These motors usually carry a 60-90 day warranty and most of them qualify for additional coverage as well.

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What if the motor I want is not on your Web site?
Our online engine list is updated daily, and inventory changes are frequent. Check our site often for the particular engine you desire. We also have many engines that are not featured online, so please call if you have a special request, (800) 869-1686. We’ll even conduct a custom search on your behalf to locate the model you wish to purchase.

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How often do you update your online inventory?
Because of rapid changes in inventory, updates are made daily, thus providing you with accurate availability information.

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What type of warranty will I get with the motor?
We offer two different kinds of warranties: dealer and manufacturer. Please refer to the actual motor that you are interested in for warranty details. The below information is just a generalization.

Manufacturer Warranties: These are provided by the manufacturers - Mercury, Evinrude, Yamaha, Honda or Johnson - and will be honored at any authorized dealer.

Dealer Warranties: The fulfilling dealer provides these warranties. Should a problem arise you would need to contact your sales representative at iboats. He would then put you in touch with the warranty department of the dealer. Most commonly the dealer will authorize you to go ahead and have the motor serviced locally. Never give your servicing dealer the “Green Light” to go ahead and fix the motor without talking to your sales representative and getting the approval from the fulfilling dealer.

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Do you offer any extended coverage?
We have many different options for extended coverage on most makes and models. You may be able to purchase anywhere between one and five years of additional coverage depending on the motor that you purchase. Be sure to ask you sales representative about them at the time of purchase.

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Do I have to pay any sales tax?
No! One of the great things about purchasing over the Internet is that you don’t have to pay sales tax. Sales tax will not be charged by iboats to any customer living outside the state of Utah. If you live in a state that requires you to title or register your motor, you may have to pay a local sales tax. Customers inside the state of Utah will be charged the local State tax of .0625%. Terms and Conditions

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Where are you located and from where will my motor ship?
iboats corporate headquarters is located in Draper, Utah. Because of the high volume of engines that we carry we have a number of warehouses all over North America that we ship from. Shipping price will depend on engine horsepower and where you are located. About us

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When you ship my motor, will it be insured against freight damage?
Yes. iboats uses a number of freight companies, all of which provide excellent insurance on each shipment. For detailed information see Shipping Terms

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Do your motors come with titles?
Only 6 out of 50 states require that you title an outboard motor. These states are Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. Although our corporate offices are in Utah, none of the motors are actually shipped from this state - therefore none of our motors come with titles. If you do not live in one of these states you should not need to title your outboard. If you do live in one of the above-mentioned states please use the following guide to get a title for your motor:

New Motors: We do not sell new, current model year motors, but here is the story about them anyway. Some title states will provide a title when presented with the Bill of Sale and the appropriate application. Other states require a Manufacturers Statement of Origin (MSO). If your state requires an MSO in order for you to title the motor and your motor is BRAND NEW you will need to order an MSO from the manufacturer. Please note: the MSO is only available for new outboards and therefore are not available for Pre-owned or New/Demo motors.

Pre-Owned or New/Demo Motors: The bill of sale that you receive from iboats is sufficient to get a title for the motor locally. Some states will require you to fill out an affidavit or other paperwork to apply for the title. We are more than happy to provide any of this paperwork that your local agency requires.

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Do you offer financing?
Unfortunately, iboats.com does not offer financing at this time.

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What is my motor worth?
We are unable to quote your outboard’s value over the phone, but you can utilize this NADA used engine valuation link: Motor Prices

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Do you sell propellers?
We have a wide variety of props that will work for you, and we also have a number of trained prop specialists to help you select the prop that you need and want. Try our online Prop Finder, or call (800) 869-1686.

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How do I know that you are a legitimate company?
We know that there are many companies out there that you can’t trust. The iboats' goal is to provide you with the most accurate information on the engine you will be ordering. Our company is the largest full-featured marine site on the Internet. You can learn more about us by reading the history of iboats. Be assured that when you use a credit card to buy an engine your transaction will be processed on a secure server. iboats has many satisfied customers all over the World, and you can view many of their testimonials on our testimonials page. You may also be interested in seeing our unbiased feedback profile as listed on ebay.com.

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