Used outboard motors are not that cheap and most of them will definitely need some repair work. The discounts you are likely to get will not be worth much and this calls for hyper-vigilance in inspections so that you confirm the repair work is not going to cost you an arm and a leg. For experienced repair technicians, the repair work is not a big problem but those who will have to pay for this should consider buying a new motor if the repair requirements are overwhelming.
Among the things you should consider when buying an outboard motor is the suitability to your needs. Even skilled handymen require a service manual to complete the repairs and there are other items which are needed in the work. You should also have in mind the use of the motor will be put into before purchase too. Fishing, fun motors, restoration projects and also running are some of the areas where such items are used. You should have insight on the purpose so that you can make the right choices.
The brand of the motor is crucial too because not all brands can be trusted. It is not enough to consider the brand but also the year of manufacture because the old motors do not have readily available spare parts. Repair of such motors depends on the serial and model number. Getting a motor that does not have these numbers means that you will have a very difficult time getting help.
A used motor does not mean it should be broken. Do not buy a machine that cannot start no matter what repairs are needed. Buying something that has been out of use for a long time to the extent that it cannot start is suicide. Do not be fooled even though the purchase is done online because you can still get a live video of the seller starting and running the motor. Do not be easily duped because sellers will say just about anything to ensure you make the purchase.
Sellers who are in a hurry to close the deal and become angry if you point out issues which might make you reluctant to make the purchase should not be trusted. Put in place return policy terms and warranties so that seller does not get away with duping you.