Thinking about buying a new boat? If you are, you should definitely consider buying your boat in the offseason, specifically in the months of August-February. You be thinking why should you buy a boat the end or after the boating season. The answer is that demand for new boats tend to be less, so you may be able to get a better price for your new boat. If you were to try to buy a boat in April or May like many other people, you will find increased competition and less supply.

Buying skis and winter jackets in the summer, cars right before the new model year and flights to the Caribbean in the middle of summer and hurricane season all come with lower prices. When demand falls, prices often do as well. Buying at the right time can save you thousands and can get you the exact type of boat you want.

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Now, there are some disadvantages that come with buying a boat in the offseason. If you live in the northern United States, buying a boat in November often means you will not be able to test drive it. This is risk to take, but as I mention in another post, most boats have onboard computers that can give you engine data. Also, the boat may be wrapped for the winter, making it harder to see potential defects. It is up to you to determine whether the advantage of a lower price outweighs the potential unknowns.

 

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