Do Your Homework Before the Boat ShowBoat shows are a great way to begin the boat buying journey. They are one of the best avenues to try on many different boats, but the best way to determine if you are getting a good deal at a boat show is to do your homework ahead of time. This can be somewhat difficult since boat dealers don't typically have online tools where you can choose your boat's features and see its costs. There are, however, many great brokerage websites that can help you with pricing information.
Attend as Many Boat Shows as PossibleThe primary winter boat show season is January through March, which experts agree is the best time to buy a boat. If you are a serious boat shopper, use the boat show season to your best advantage by attending the Fall boat shows. Boat shows are held across the nation and there is certain to be one, if not more, near you. By attending as many boat shows as you can throughout the season, you will be building your knowledge of boat manufacturers, dealers, and prices, helping you narrow the field of possible new boats.
Use Boat Shows to Your Advantage
Boat shows exist to cater to you, so use that knowledge to your best advantage by shopping all the makes and models of new boats. The best part of a boat show is having many boats in one place to comparison shop. Take along a camera and a notebook to record your observations about each boat that catches your eye. Write down what you liked or didn't like about each model and your impressions of the boat. Grab brochures for the boats you like best, but take your own pictures because the brochures leave out images of many features you may consider important. Most importantly, write the boat show price and the list price of the boat so you can compare prices between boat shows and dealers.
Use Boat Shows to Shop For a Dealer
At the same time you shop for a boat, shop for a dealer. Record your impressions of the sales people as you tour the boats. When you purchase a boat from a dealer, it could be a long and rewarding relationship or a disastrous one. Boat shows are a good time to make contacts and determine the best dealers to work with in the long haul. Finally, don't be afraid to talk price to a dealer, even if you know you aren't ready to buy. This can give you a more accurate price for a boat you may be interested in, and how much a dealer is willing to work with you.