When a consumer heads out on a boat buying experience, they take on a task that is unlike any other buying experience. Any time you take on the task of committing to a major purchase such as a boat, there are some things you should consider. Because the decision will most likely have a great effect on your financial position, we want you to be a informed buyer.
One thing you might want to inquire the salesman about, is the ownership of the company that builds your potential future boat. How long have they been in business? Are they a huge, mindless corporation whose only focus is the bottom line? Or are they a family-owned company that takes great pride in their product and wants it to be something they would personally have moored to their dock? If the business is one that is constantly receiving new ownership (always being bought out), does the new owner honor the warranty promises of the previous owner?
Not only is the ownership important but the construction of the boat is important as well. Do they fill the boat all the way up to the gunnels with foam? Is it a no-wood, no-rot construction? Or are they the type of builder that pumps out boats as fast as they can, with as little quality checks and fit-and-finish priority as possible?
Enough about the boat; you also want to have the best product to propel your boat through the water as well as carry it over land. Making sure the dealership you’re buying from has fair and complete prices on their service and reliable mechanics to make sure your family is safe is of the utmost importance. Find out about what the trailer is rated for. Make sure you’re not maxing out the trailer’s carry weight and make sure it is made for the saltwater. Making sure the lot porter didn’t just stick a generic trailer under the boat instead of getting a trailer that was built for the boat.
Having a complete understanding of the financing you’re being offered is very important for your price as well. Make sure the salesman understands the financing completely so he can explain it you as well as possible so you don’t leave with any grey areas. Understand what a “simple interest loan” is, what interest rate you’re getting and how long you’re really going to be paying for the boat.
All of these questions can help you make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck and make sure you’re getting the boat of your dreams, not one you’re going to settle for. After all, it’s your hard-earned money, you deserve the best.