Buying a boat is incredibly exciting, but you can’t rush through it. If you take your time, are patient, and ask plenty of questions, you’ll be far more likely to find a boat that meets your needs and is reliable for years to come. These are the essential questions to ask when buying a boat that can help you make an informed decision.
What Are The Warranties?
Most new boats will come with a warranty, which helps protect you financially if certain repairs are needed. In most cases, there are separate warranties for the boat and the motors. The hull, electronics, and other features are often protected by the manufacturer of the boat (Scout Boats, for example), while the motor manufacturer (Yamaha, Mercury, etc.) will have a different warranty. It’s important to inquire about all warranties before buying.
When Can I Test Drive The Boat?
This is not a matter of if you can test drive the boat, but a matter of when. Purchasing a new boat, especially a high-end, luxury fishing boat, will cost thousands of dollars, so driving it before you buy it is essential. Just like driving a car or walking through a house, this is a necessary part of the buying process.
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How Often Will The Boat Need Service? What Are The Typical Costs?
Different types of boats will have different needs for service. Ask the dealer or the manufacturer how often the boat requires routine maintenance, as well as its overall costs. Service is an important, and sometimes forgotten, part of boat ownership, so it shouldn’t be overlooked.
What Material Is The Boat Made From?
Boats come in a wide variety of materials. From the hull to the seats, the materials can make a difference on the quality, performance, and overall comfort of the craft. Be sure to ask about all materials before you make a boat purchase.
How Much Will It Cost To Insure This Boat
Another important cost is insurance. Many people rush into buying a boat and completely forget to insure the craft. In some areas, minimal boat insurance is required by law, so be sure to ask about these requirements before you buy.
How Many Passengers Does This Craft Hold?
Every boat has a specific capacity for passengers. You cannot legally have more passengers on board than your boat’s limit. Passenger capacity will have a direct impact on how you use the boat, making it one of the most essential questions to ask when buying a boat.
Is Financing Available?
As we discussed earlier, boats can be expensive. For this reason, many people need to use financing to make the purchase. Talk with a representative to see if financing is available for your boat. If not, you may be able to get financing through a local credit union or bank.
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Our friendly staff at Scout Boats is happy to answer all of your questions. Contact us today to learn more about our crafts, including warranties, materials, test drives, and any other questions you may have.