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Davpmars
07-28-2009, 11:36 PM
I understand the general benefits to buying a boat in the winter such as price and the downside of not being able to use it right away (i'm in utah lakes are frozen here) but what are some of the advantages and disadvantages to buying a boat in the winter?

Razzman
07-28-2009, 11:56 PM
Well i can't speak for everywhere but here on the west coast it doesn't hold water, especially in this economy. What people don't realize is that boat sales are not like car sales. When car sales are slow (like in winter) it's easy to get a deal or work off the invoice because the dealers still get their incentives and lot buy power.

Boat sales do not work that way, they pay the invoice price and that's it, no incentives, no lot buy, no deferring ... nothing, nada, zip.

They can't afford to give deals if they want to survive, especially now. Sure you can find bank repo deals right now from out of biz dealers, but that's it. Then you have service & warrenty issues to deal with. I know this because they are all of the coast right now, clearing house deals.

Davpmars
07-29-2009, 01:35 AM
what about buying used? When buying second hand, would there be any benefit to buying in the winter?
Would it be more difficult to test it for quirks?

yearround
07-29-2009, 02:05 AM
what about buying used? When buying second hand, would there be any benefit to buying in the winter?
Would it be more difficult to test it for quirks?

where in utah are you? i thought you could get on utah lake year round, does willard bay ice over too? or the extreme, i have been to powell in January, usually smooth water!

you can run the engine with a fake a lake, dealer should be able to check everything out too. you can fill and empty ballast with fake a lake

you could offer a down payment and finalize purchase after water test.

if you know what you are looking for, try and get in one before winter and know what may be susceptible to wear, etc.

good luck

kaneboats
07-29-2009, 11:41 AM
With used boats there are always great deals to be had either right before Christmas when people need cash or right after, in Jan., when the bills come due. This is true at dealers or private sellers. It's tough if you can't lake test the boat though. Better have a reputable inboard mechanic take a look. Also, if you've driven the specific model before you will know what you are getting.

zabooda
07-29-2009, 04:02 PM
Buying used at the end of the boating season has worked for me. The economy helps too especially in areas hard hit. I know SLC had good deals on used cars so boats would probably be the same. Look at used boats in your area around the September time frame. I bought my boat used in February 2002 in Portland Oregon and I was able to test drive the boat which is important.

mmandley
07-29-2009, 05:10 PM
Buying used at the end of the boating season has worked for me. The economy helps too especially in areas hard hit. I know SLC had good deals on used cars so boats would probably be the same. Look at used boats in your area around the September time frame. I bought my boat used in February 2002 in Portland Oregon and I was able to test drive the boat which is important.

Yup we test drove ours at the very end of Jan a few weeks after the Portland Boat show. Water was cold as hell but was able to water test.

Davpmars
07-29-2009, 09:01 PM
Thanks to all of you for your answers. I'm in Vernal Ut which is in the corner of utah thats next to wyoming and colorado. I'm not in a hurry to get a boat so that is why I was wandering when the best time to buy would be. I have to settle with a seadoo right now but i'm aching for something that can hold more than 2 people and put out a wake.
I have been on a number of Moombas and feel confident that they are good quality and get the job done (and then some) - when buying a used moomba, most likely with a V drive, what are some things that you would suggest looking for? Is there one or two problems that moombas are prone too?

moombadaze
07-29-2009, 09:18 PM
Is there one or two problems that moombas are prone too?

putting a smile on your face;)

sandm
07-29-2009, 10:41 PM
I would have to disagree on the deal is the deal is the deal...
our dealer has a sunsport 24 from supra right now. pretty well loaded. boat was 60k at the boat show this spring. right now, it can be had for 49k. bet it'll be down to 46-47 in the dead of winter. that's just a guess, but 11k off the boat show price now is a good discount and everyone thinks boat shows are the best time..

kaneboats
07-30-2009, 11:11 AM
They always get cheaper after the new models come out.

Sled491
07-30-2009, 08:07 PM
Winter purchases up north have added problems. Taking your boat home especially if used means driving over salt covered roads,:(. At least if you buy from a dealer you can get them to store it for you.

zegm
07-30-2009, 11:56 PM
Historically used boat prices start dropping in Sept and keep dropping until about March depending on your location then they might even go back up some. I was tracking used MasterCrafts in MS Excel a few years ago and seems like they would drop about 1k a month!!!!
BUT!!! I went to a boat show in January and got a new Moomba with all the factory incentives! We love it!
I sold a 1975 MasterCraft (in good condition) in May a good month to sell a boat for 4500 dollars!!!! I was hoping to get 3k!!!

GeauxTigers
08-06-2009, 05:11 PM
where in utah are you? i thought you could get on utah lake year round, does willard bay ice over too? or the extreme, i have been to powell in January, usually smooth water!

you can run the engine with a fake a lake, dealer should be able to check everything out too. you can fill and empty ballast with fake a lake

you could offer a down payment and finalize purchase after water test.

if you know what you are looking for, try and get in one before winter and know what may be susceptible to wear, etc.

good luck

Utah Lake??!??? Ptooey!!!

LOL!