Where Can I Buy A Boat?

While the traditional purchase location for a boat is a dealership, there are other options. Here are some common places to buy a boat. We hope this information helps you make the right decision for your needs.


Custom Boat

A dealership is one of the main places you can buy a boat, and it is typically the ideal place to get a new boat if you are a first-time buyer. The advantage of buying at a dealership is that you’ll get the guidance and service you need to make the right choice. Dealer sales associates can discuss your needs and wants from a boat and direct you toward the right vessel. Other locations may not have this luxury.

There are Scout dealers all across the country, so use our helpful Dealer Locator to find a dealer near you. All of our dealers meet a high standard of service and support, so you can count on them to make sure you purchase a boat that will fit your budget and keep you happy for years.

Boat Shows

Visiting a boat show is a great way to learn about all the fantastic developments and see the newest models from the boating industry. You can often find a great deal on boats, as the show environment lends itself to high competition among dealers. You may also find show-only models, and you can get a first-hand look at specific boats that catch your interest.

However, you should avoid the buy-now pressure of boat shows. If the deal doesn’t feel right, take your time and don’t buy on impulse. Boat shows can also result in a long time for boat delivery, so if you want a craft for next week’s vacation, you may be out of luck.

Check out our events page for upcoming shows that Scout will be attending.

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Private Seller (Used Only)

If you are looking for a used boat, you can always purchase from a private seller. However, you need to be aware of the inherent risks involved in purchasing a boat privately. There will not be any warranties, and you are buying a boat that may not have been properly serviced over the past years. You can certainly get a great deal, but you may want to set money aside to deal with any repairs that could come up.


While you’ll need to work with a dealership for final delivery, you can order a boat online. For instance, Scout offers a Build Your Scout tool, which allows you to purchase a boat and choose all the specific features you want for your craft from the convenience of your home. You won’t be able to see the boat in person, but this is a great option if you know exactly what you want.

Scout Makes the Purchase Process Easy

If you need help finding the perfect boat, contact our helpful staff. We’ll be happy to guide you toward a dealership in your area. We can also answer any questions you have on boating features, models, warranties, and more, so contact us now!