Choosing the Right Boats For Sale: Factors to Consider Before Buying a Boat

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Navigating the world of boats for sale can be difficult if you don’t consider all the important factors first. Here are a few things you’ll want to think about before buying a boat to make the boat-buying process as easy as can be!

Set A Price Range

Having a good idea of how much you’d like to spend, both monthly in loan payments as well as overall price, can help narrow down your search. When you let your sales representative at Gage Marine know your budget, they can save you time by only showing the boats that best fit your price range.

Decide On Features

Ranking the most important features and amenities you’d like to have on your boat can be a great way to find a boat for sale that best suits your needs and lifestyle. Think in terms of safety features, navigational equipment, storage space, entertainment options, engine types, and amenities that are important for your specific boating needs. For example, if you are buying a fishing boat then a large livewell might be high on your list! Ranking these features will also be helpful when you start trying to narrow down boats based on your price range. If a boat for sale is missing one of your top five most desired features, you might want to move on to another that better fits your needs.

Ask The Right Questions

You’ve decided on a price range and features— now it’s time to go look at boats for sale and start asking questions! If you are buying directly from the boat’s owner, you’ll need to be prepared with more questions than you would to a dealer who has vetted the boats on the lot. For example, if you are buying directly from the owner, ask questions about liens or debts associated with the boat. Also ask to see the boat’s registration, proof of ownership, and maintenance record. If you are buying from a dealer, ask about additional costs and fees associated with your boat purchase (like registration fees) and ongoing expenses of running this boat.

Choose The Right Dealer

For a great deal on a boat you love, you’re going to need to find the right dealer! Gage Marine’s knowledgeable staff are dedicated to finding you your dream boat for the right price. The inventory at Gage Marine includes both new and used boats from a variety of manufacturers. Just let your Gage Marine salesperson know your price range and “must-have” amenities and they’ll help you find the perfect boat in no time. Check out all the boats for sale online or stop by to get a feel for the selection in person.

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