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Buy at the Boat Show
In the “Best Time to Buy” article, I discussed the fact that the off season is a great time to buy a boat. The culmination of that time frame and the absolute best time to buy just could be at the Boat Show.
Competition between dealers often drives pricing down. In fact, we prefer not to call it a Boat Show, but a Boat Sale. Many boat manufacturers offer rebates and other incentives. Many engine manufacturers offer additional engine warranty for free. Lenders often reduce interest rates as well. All this adds up to savings well into the thousands.
Boat shows also give you an opportunity to compare options and features on several boats that you may be considering. It’s one thing to search boats online, but certainly better to climb aboard and check the quality, comfort, roominess, storage and other characteristics that you just can’t feel online, especially when the boats under consideration are all under one roof.
Dealer inventory and available production slots are at their peak at the boat show and will be at a premium just after the show. That means that if you are considering a new boat this spring, be prepared to make your deal while at the show. You’ll get the best price and the color and options you want.
Boat shows are also a great family event. Offering fun, excitement and educational seminars, boat shows provide a lot of opportunity tolearn learn about boating.