Which is the Best Time to Purchase a Boat?
First things first, is there a best time to buy a boat?
The answer is from NOW to whenever you are ready. However, based on your personal preference and needs, there might be a time frame to get the best deals on each boat type.
Used or new, buying a boat is a huge commitment that could take up a considerable amount of your time, effort, and savings. So it's always good to be well prepared before you sign the deal.
In case you are buying a used or a new boat in the Port Alberni area or anywhere else, there are a few things you need to look into:
1. The overall condition of the boat
It is essential to do an overall check-up, if possible, with a mechanic. It will help you to make sure that you are not duped into buying a sinking ship, literally!
2. Examine the floor and ask for the maintenance history
Carefully analyze the boat floor to look for any soft spots. If you find any, it can be an indication of rot. Ask the dealer about any repair done on the vessel before, especially if it is a used one. It will help if you ask whether the boat is still under the warranty period or not.
3. Inspect the coating for any discolorations
The discoloration is a tell-tale sign of a hasty paint job to coverup an accident or crack. Go to the hull, spend some time on the deck and make sure the materials are solid and not patched up.
4. Check the hours
Much like automobiles, the running hours of the vessel need to be considered. If it is above 500 hours, be ready to put some serious cash into future boat maintenance.
After getting to know your boat and its type, let us dive into when to purchase your boat:
5. Model matters
If you are looking to buy a new rage model, waiting could end with disappointment. As it might get sold off by the time you get to the dealership.
Consider you are after old models like Inflatables or Jon boats, then time won't be an issue.
You can always search for professional fishing boats for sale in the dealerships near you.
6. End of the fall season
Waiting for the offer of the year, then the end of fall, is one way to go. You can visit the boat expo or local dealers for a good deal and get your favourite brand's marine product. Some boaters prefer selling their boats before winter, not to let them sit cooped up for the entire season.
Given, winterizing a boat can be expensive. These deals are often cheaper and might even come with a bonus or packages on getting your boat winter-ready when you go to the right service provider.
7. Summer frenzy
The new model year starts with summer, and it is a race to the finish line between dealerships to sell any previous year's models. It offers a chance for anyone looking for cheap deals on last year's models.
Waiting till May might or might not pay off depending on the number of boats sold that year.
8. End of month deals
Statistics show that majority of the deals are signed by the end of the month. As the boat dealers hurry to finish their monthly quota, you might be lucky enough to grab your favourite watercraft at a lower-than-average rate.
WE AGREE. All the mentioned timings are best for a great steal but remember that the sale comes with the rush. Just like you, there will be plenty more people waiting for the right time, and the wait might backfire if you are late to the party.
If you prefer more time to pick and choose, opt for the start of the month, with more staff at hand you will be given more attention.
As one of the most trusted boat traders in BC, we at Alberni Power and Marine are always ready with our award-winning tech and staff to support you through the whole boat purchasing process.