Everyone asks themselves this same question when boat shopping. Inevitably, if you are going to be buying a boat, the decision to buy new or used is one of the first decisions you need to make.
The thing is, both options are great. For those of us who love the water and living that lake life, almost any boat will do. We would take a rubber dingy or a wooden raft to get our fix! Thankfully, that isn’t necessary. There are lots of great options when it comes to buying boats and whether to buy a used boat or a new boat depends on what you are looking for and what you need.
When it comes to boats, there are definite advantages to buying used. Used boats have advantages that new boats can’t beat and they can be the difference-maker when it comes to deciding what you are going to buy.
You Can Crowdsource Info on a Used Boat
Imagine you are about to buy a beautiful pontoon to increase the amount of relaxing family time you can enjoy out on the water. When looking at a used model, there will be plenty of available information available online as to the make and model you are looking at. Any recurring problems or manufacturers defects are often reported and discussed in forums and chat rooms. This can give you an advantage when it comes to bargaining or knowing which questions to ask. There is also a wealth of knowledge available through videos and articles about maintenance and repair tips and tricks for used models.
Used Boats Hold Their Value
We all know that depreciation is the bane of any recreational vehicle. New boats can lose up to a quarter of their value in the first year. This means that a used wakeboard boat will hold its value for longer and if you choose to upgrade in the next few years, you may get close to your purchase price when you resell (depending on the market).
Easier on the Wallet
The most obvious benefit of buying a used boat is the fact that you will pay a lower price for it. Everyone’s budget is different and while the shiniest, newest boat may be exciting, a well-maintained used boat may be exactly what you are looking for to get out on the water. You may not get the “new boat smell” but with the money, you save you can buy a freshener that smells just like it! Plus, you likely need the trailer and the gear for your new boat so you can put your savings towards those purchases.
Even when you factor in the cost of extra maintenance for a used model, the value you get from buying a used boat adds up quickly. If you are looking for a great dealer that can get you set up with the used boat that fits your needs exactly, contact us today! The important thing is to get out on the water. So check out one of our boats and get on the water today!