I would be more than willing to pay an expert a few bucks than to spend that kind of money on a boat with hidden issues that would cost me thousands later on.
Pre Purchase Boat Inspection
-trolling motor / does the pedal work -all the gauges on the boat -Livewell pumps -bilge pump -trailer rust / tires / bearing -mold build up in the hull -Get under the hull to inspect the body
Talk to the dealer and try to work out a test drive and see how it runs would be the best advice i could give you.
Best of luck. I just bought a used pricecraft from daves turf and marine. Overall a good experience.
I have been looking around at the boats in the 10,000 range and have found a few 2015's that are brand new at the dealer for around $12-13000. I personally have been eyeing up the alumacraft escape 165 with a 40-50 HP mercury. Might be worth a look that way you are getting a warranty and know that it has not been beat on.
I will be purchasing a new boat in the spring, so I have plenty of time to decide what I want.
Good luck in your search.
I would have a compression test all the cylinders should be close to the same. Check the steering cables Check all of the pumps Check all trim switches A dealer can hook up a computer to the motor and tell you everything that has ever happened to the motor. How many hours How many times the motor has been over revved. Ask for records when the water impeller was last changed. Above all ask him to take you out on the water to test everything it has. If he dances at all pass on it. Come buy mine.
Guys tend to keep their boats in better condition than their cars. If it looks rough it probably is rough.