The ABOS Marine Blue Book, the professional’s choice, was first published in 1949 when Anderson (a publisher) and Bugg (a Johnson outboard motor factory representative) originated the first pricing guide for Outboard Sales and Service professionals. Since that early guide book we have been continually refining our pricing methodology and incorporating the latest in statistical analysis. Our online product is a culmination of over 60 years of marine valuation experience.
Because the Blue Book is national in scope and some regions of the country support different prices on certain brands, it is assumed that allowances will be made for price differences in certain areas. The larger the boat, the more extensive the option list and the greater the discrepancy in reported prices. Blue Book prices are averaged prices, and additional allowances must be made for units loaded with optional or custom equipment and in very good or exceptional condition.
The resale prices used herein reflect units in good saleable condition; any needed repairs must be taken into consideration.
The original M.S.R.P. is the manufacturer’s suggested retail price when new, excluding shipping charges and optional accessories.
We publish three different market values in the ABOS Marine Blue Book.
Finance value is the amount a lender will provide a borrower when the unit is put up as collateral. There is no hard and fast rule which valuation category or percentage of a valuation category should be used by a lender. Credit worthiness of the customer dictates loan default risk more than does the value of a particular asset.
It is solely the user’s discretion as to which valuation category or percentage of a certain valuation category is used.