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Recommendations for buying a used balloon - By: David Tanzer
My recommendation for buying a used balloon is to arrange with the seller to have an annual inspection done.  The way I've done this is to find a mutually agreed upon repair station to use that is (generally) different from the repair station that the seller has been using (in order to get an objective opinion).  The way I've structured the deals I've done is that I agree to pay for the inspection if the balloon passes and no undisclosed problems are discovered.  If a problem comes up that wasn't disclosed and a resolution can't be reached, then the seller pays for the inspection and the deal is off.  This way of doing things encourages the seller to be honest, because they know that any undisclosed problems will likely be discovered making this exercise a waste of time for everyone.  In a nutshell, the buyer pays for an annual inspection which, although this may not be necessary, serves as a thorough pre-purchase inspection, but if the seller has either been less than honest or a genuine surprise comes up, then the seller just bought themselves an annual.
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