For future boat owners and those looking to upgrade, the big question is figuring out when is the best time to buy a boat. While you can find a boat deal anytime, the fall and winter – known as the ‘off-season’ – is the best. We want to help you get the most bang for your buck. That’s why we’ve put together some tips and tricks to teach you how to get the most out of January boat sales. Knowing when and where to buy your next boat will help you score the best deal – leaving more money free for vacation plans this summer. And who can’t use more of that?
Boat dealers and brokerages look to the off season boating times to offer their best sales. This is because they need to reduce current stock to make room for the new year’s inventory. Cha-ching! It’s during this off season boating time in the fall and winter months dealerships will feature new and newer pre-owned boats in places like boating shows and expos. Competition is furious between the boat dealers and builders in these events. And that my friend… means savings to your wallet! With this mind, you have two strategic time-frames to score the best deal:
Getting Deals at Boat Dealerships
Pay a visit to your local boat dealership during the fall months of October, November and December. Dealerships want to avoid storing excess inventory on their lots in the wintertime. Therefore, they offer huge price cuts on new current year boats – as well as newer pre-owned inventory. Added features and spiffs to your future boat are often discounted as an added incentive. Using the fall to have those added features installed means delivery will be just in time for the opening of boating season!
Lower Prices at Boat Shows
Attend area boat shows/expos in the winter months of January, February and March. Here, you will find boat builders, brokers and dealers all in one melting pot going head to head vying for your business. The competition is furious and you are the beneficiary. Boat shows and expos are an excellent place to compare an enormous range of brands, models and the latest features at your fingertips. You will see the actual boats and watercraft up close and personal with feature demonstrations. Additionally, they are a wealth of information for financing, insurance, boat storage, local and nearby lock schedules, watercraft registration and licensing.
Before you head out, have a strategy plan in place and plenty of time. Above all, be prepared and don’t be shy. Here are a few tips to help:
- See the boat(s) first
- Ask questions
- Research the internet
- Try a boat rental
- Take notes, names and brochures
- Focus on quality, price, features, service and warranty
- Let them know what their competitor is offering you
We’ve partnered with our sister VIP Marina to bring you the best boat sales!