I bought my boat sight unseen from FL but I had it checked out by both a certified marine surveyor (sams.org) and a certified Merc technician. Both provided detailed reports of their findings, including photographs. When I received the boat (had it transported using uship.com) there were absolutely no surprises. Some examples - one of the batteries died within the first couple weeks, but the weak battery was in the report. The bilge pump was inop ... in the report. Silent Choice leaks ... in the report. Stain on the pass seat ... in the photos. Best darn $500 i ever spent.