We were beginning to think that no 50-year-old Debonairs could meet our requirements. It seemed as though deferred maintenance became forgotten maintenance. And notice how low time the airplanes were. I mean, 3,000 hours in 50 years? That’s 50 hours a year. By the 1990s annual flying times on these airplanes dropped to an average of 20 hours as their owners’ ages rose to “senior” status.
Then I came across a posting in controller.com by Marks Aviation. Broker Adam Marks was representing the owners of yet another 1963 Debonair. Based at Hartford, Connecticut’s Brainard Airport, this airplane was rough. But as a sweeps candidate it had a lot going for it...
Marks Aviation is committed to you through the entire purchase process. We will buy or broker your aircraft and take care of all the details associated with the sale. This includes advertising, viewing, demonstrations, arranging pre-buy inspections, title searches, and indemnifying the seller against any legal issues associated with selling their used aircraft.
Marks Aviation Inc. has a very efficient way of Brokering our clients aircrafts throughout the country. We handle all communication from our RI base, however, we keep a mobile office running seven days a week. We only deal with buyers that secure the aircraft with a deposit prior to inspection. The buyers deposit is 100% refundable for any reason for up to 21 days. Doing Business this way, we are able to save valuable time for both our clients as well as our organization. Our methods are well received. On deals that are within reasonable range of our company's aircraft we will be present at the inspection/demo flight. We ask for a 180 day exclusive listing and we cover all advertising expenses.
Marks Aviation understands that today’s aircraft market leaves buyers with many options. Each make and model has different characteristics, performance and pricing. Some owners are only interested in speed, others need to carry multiple passengers and lots of baggage. Choosing the right plane can mean the difference between a frequently used, reliable piece of machinery or one that is constantly in the mechanics shop and possibly just sitting unused on the ground!
Marks Aviation uses all the latest industry appraisal guides that are updated frequently. We can give an accurate appraisal for your aircraft that will help sell it in a timely manner. We may also be willing to buy your plane for a fair wholesale value. Having your aircraft priced according to the current market value as well as few or no squawks are key components that will make the aircraft sell. Planes that are priced according to market values also receive the most amount of inquiries from perspective buyers.
For relatively local transactions Marks Aviation Inc. will use our own company aircraft when necessary to view potential broker listings, possible aircraft acquisitions, return the seller back home after closing a deal or flying a buyer to pick up his newly acquired aircraft. We limit this service to 250 nautical miles from our home base in Newport, RI.
Marks Aviation Inc. acquires about 85% of our Broker listings from sellers that have painfully tried selling their aircrafts and after many months, countless hours of emails, phone calls and showings, have been unsuccessful. Selling aircraft is what we do seven days a week. We know how to bring YOU a BUYER as well as get TOP RETAIL DOLLAR for all our clients!
We are now also offering aircraft consulting services on an hourly basis. Some are not quite ready to buy or do not know what they want. We offer professional, unbiased help to guide you in the right direction on what type of aircraft will best suite your needs. Please inquire on our reasonable fees. Costs can be paid via Paypal on this website. We can also guide you with how to go about your purchase. Many buyers spend months traveling and spend thousands of dollars. An ineffective approach will result in your aircraft remaining unsold. Let us do the work for you.
As an aircraft owner attempting to market and sell your own aircraft you may ask yourself why do I need a Broker to aid in the sale of my aircraft? The answer is actually very simple… it is for the most part how much you value YOUR TIME. Selling any aircraft that is not priced well BELOW wholesale is a very time consuming and challenging venture that can be extremely frustrating if it is not something you do for a full time job.
Many people own cars that are usually an easy sale, most still trade in giving up thousands to avoid the headache of a personal sale. Many also own boats or yachts in various parts of the Country, again a bit tougher but nothing like an aircraft that has a very small niche market with VERY specific buyers. The percentage of aircraft owners and buyers in the US is miniscule compared to the population. It requires a special set of skills as well as patience to get retail value in addition to the amount of time that is needed to find a buyer.
If the aircraft is priced too high it is not very time consuming as the phone will simply not ring and you will not have many emails to respond to. As an owner more often than not the very reason for the sale is not enough time to fly as work, family life and other responsibilities have taken priority in your life.
As a Broker we get most of our listings from private parties once they realize they have spent countless hours, had dozens of low ball offers, possibly a few trips to the airport to give demo rides and personal viewings and still have no sale after many months.
Marks Aviation Inc. is always able to get a buyer to secure your aircraft with a sizable deposit (that is refundable) before they even see the plane. This tells us they are serious and not out for looking for something to do. This would be very tough to do as a private seller.
As your Broker we also pay for all advertising for the entire term of the six month listing, we put together attractive ads on multiple websites and publications that grab buyer’s attention.
The Company offers the details of all our listed aircrafts in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the aircraft. A buyer should instruct their agents/A&P/IA to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated or to verify for themselves equipment & avionics are in the aircraft and function properly and that the log books and engine/airframe times are accurate. All aircraft are offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.