Yesterday we wrote on this blog about how important it is for boating enthusiasts to find trustworthy dealers and mechanics. By finding the right marine professional to handle your boating sales and maintenance needs, you can avoid a situation in which you're overcharged for services or provided with subpar repairs that end up damaging your vessel.
Hopefully, by following our advice you'll avoid having to deal with individuals like a boat dealer in Helena, Montana, who was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for deceptive business practices. Shawn Corbett, entered into a plea deal with prosecutors in which he will also have to pay $33,000 in restitution and commit to 500 hours of community service for taking payment for work that he ended up not performing.
Local news source KXLH reports that one witness in the trial stated that Corbett belonged in an orange jumpsuit. His business was called Maximum Marine, and in some cases he would put off performing repairs for years.
If you want to avoid doing business with someone like Corbett, there are a couple things you should remember when finding a boating technician to work on your vessel:
- Check their reviews on sites like Yelp and Better Business Bureau to make sure other customers had positive experiences
- Shop around for good rates — don't assume that you have to work with the first mechanic or dealer you approach
- Walk around their shop and see if it is in good shape and is kept clean. A well-maintained shop is the sign of a business owner who cares.
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