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Should I Buy a New or Used Boat?
There are positives and negatives to buying both new
and used boats, much in the same way as cars. You
should look at new boats first, even though you can
find hundreds of used boats.
By purchasing a new boat, you will know everything
about the history of the boat and the motor. You
also have a warranty if something on the boat goes
wrong, which can save you money if you have a
problem. You also don't have to worry about having
to restore your boat, like you do with some used
boats, which means that you can get into the water
In financing a new boat, you will get a much better
interest rate than you would if you chose a used
boat. You will also get a much better idea of
what kind of boat that you want for your family
when you go to a new boat showroom. Just as it
does when you buy a car, a new boat will depreciate
the most during the first season of use, so keep
that in mind.
If you have a tight budget or are unsure about what
you are going to do with the boat, then you may want
to choose a used boat. It is a good idea to at least
look at new boats first, even if you are planning on
buying a used boat, so that you can determine what
kind of boat is best for your family.
If you want to look at the different boats that are
available, you may want to consider going to a
boat show. You can look at the boats at the show and
then narrow down your list to the type of used boat
that you prefer.
You want to make sure that you get a marine survey for
any used boat that you are considering purchasing
whether you are buying a boat online, from the
newspaper, or from a local boat dealership. It may
be expensive, but it will be worth the money spent in
the long run.
In some cases, used boats may have mechanical problems
or structural defects that are hard to detect. A
marine survey works much in the same way as a home
inspection works. The surveyor will go over every
part of the boat to see if there are any problems
with any of the operating systems or the structure
of the boat.
Depending upon the results of the survey, you can
stop the deal or use the results to get a lower price
if there are problems that need to be attended to.
Getting a marine survey is the smart decision if you
are buying a used boat. It can save you money, time,
and heartache, which will make the price of the survey
well worth it.
About the Author: Andrew McNaught is a successful webmaster and publisher of Boat Buying Tips where you can find out more to help you with your boat search.