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AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

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  • AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

    Hey everyone,

    I'm new to this forum, but it looks like people here know what they are talking about. I thought I'd ask around about this company AFA Marine, it's listed under: http://www.smalloutboards.com/ This guy says he's been around for 10 years now and researching the site says the domain name has been registered since 2001. Doing more searching, I can't find anything on the internet about this being a scam, or anyone having actually purchased from this guy... He has "testimonials" listed on his site but that doesn't mean much when you can't contact the supposed buyers...

    Has anyone had any experience with buying a motor from him? I'm interested in buying one of his Merc's, but something seems sketchy... Thoughts?
    2004 Boston Whaler 130 Sport | Mercury Bigfoot 25hp
    2008 Ford Ranger FX4 | 4.0L V6


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    Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

    Buying any used outboard is like buying a horse, "buyer beware"!

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    • #3
      Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

      Some of there prices seem very very high for what they are. I dont like the fact that they dont warrenty alot of there motors. Most junk yards selling you a used automotive engine will give you some kind of warrenty
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      • #4
        Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

        He's legit...But read between the lines on whatever you are interested in.
        Elvin
        My answers are like Zen...It may not be the answer you want, but it is generally the answer you need.

        The 3 Rules:

        1) Look in your service manual first...Then ask me if it is correct.
        2) Understand that your desire to repair your engine does not mean that you have the ability to do so.
        3) If you are confused, take your engine into a dealer..Then let them be confused...At least, in theory, they sent someone to outboard 101.

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        • #5
          Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

          Thanks for the info. Glad to hear he's legitimate. I was looking at one of the new 25hp four stroke Merc's. $2750 is a good deal. The best local deal I can find is $3850 or $3450 for the Tohatsu which from what I've read is the exact same motor... Anyone know of a place to find a better deal? Possibly in Canada? Thanks!
          2004 Boston Whaler 130 Sport | Mercury Bigfoot 25hp
          2008 Ford Ranger FX4 | 4.0L V6

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          • #6
            Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

            that sure is a lot of money to be sending off to someone you're unsure of. i'd keep shopping around and see what turns up. i'd much rather deal with someone in person when it comes to that much cash!

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            • #7
              Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

              wondering if you eventually purchased your motor from smalloutboards.com. i'm also looking at the very same motor and the prices seem to be extremely reasonable for new motors.

              Originally posted by Zapp Brannigan View Post
              Hey everyone,

              I'm new to this forum, but it looks like people here know what they are talking about. I thought I'd ask around about this company AFA Marine, it's listed under: http://www.smalloutboards.com/ This guy says he's been around for 10 years now and researching the site says the domain name has been registered since 2001. Doing more searching, I can't find anything on the internet about this being a scam, or anyone having actually purchased from this guy... He has "testimonials" listed on his site but that doesn't mean much when you can't contact the supposed buyers...

              Has anyone had any experience with buying a motor from him? I'm interested in buying one of his Merc's, but something seems sketchy... Thoughts?

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              • #8
                Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

                I purchased an outboard maintanance CD-rom from him.

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                • #9
                  Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

                  Nope, haven't purchased anything from the site yet. I don't plan on buying until early 2011 so I'm still searching around. If you take the leap and buy from this guy let me know how it goes....

                  Cheers
                  2004 Boston Whaler 130 Sport | Mercury Bigfoot 25hp
                  2008 Ford Ranger FX4 | 4.0L V6

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                  • #10
                    Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

                    Hes good, motors are high, but he gives alot for motors. He offered to buy my merc 25 for $1,000 even. Unheard of for a dealer to give that much....so he has to make a living some how. Just doing what anyone else would do, making that top dollar.

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                    • #11
                      Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

                      Since you are in Canada....I know that I have seen adv. from Canadian resorts where they trade their motors every couple of years. They claim low mileage and good maintenance. Wonder if you could find someone not too far away that would sell you one directly? I think that I saw the adv. on Ebay, but I am not sure.

                      regards, rich

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                      • #12
                        Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

                        Where abouts are you in Canada? May be able to direct you to someone out west here that deals in good used motors.
                        We'll just replace the floor and be on the water by noon tomorrow.

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                        • #13
                          Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

                          I'm in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
                          2004 Boston Whaler 130 Sport | Mercury Bigfoot 25hp
                          2008 Ford Ranger FX4 | 4.0L V6

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                          • #14
                            Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

                            They are a legit business,also a very good honest business.The 25hp merc are darn near impossible to beat for the price as i am going to buy one here very soon and that motor will be my keeper forever.

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                            • #15
                              Re: AFA Marine (www.smalloutboards.com)

                              Please read rule #12, Jim, and the BIG RED BANNER that asked you not to post to this thread.
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