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The Dos and Don'ts Of Buying A New Boat

boat for saleFall is the perfect time to buy a new boat. The clearance sales are rolling in since it's the off-season and you're still able to enjoy a few weeks on the water before the cold weather sets in. 


But, if it's your first time buying a boat, you should tread carefully. Here are the dos and don'ts of buying a new boat. 


Do: Negotiate with your boat dealers

But be sure to take it in stride. Tell your boat dealer what you want in your new boat but don't demand they lower the price because it's missing cupholders. Negotiation is a dance, not a battle. There are plenty of boat dealers in Michigan, but you're sure to find the best dealer in Lakeside Motor Sports. Your boat dealer is more likely to negotiate monthly payments than the total cost of the boat. 


Don't: Settle on a boat

You should never settle on a boat just because it has a lower price tag. Know what you want when you walk through the door and try to find the boat that best matches your ideal. However, the boat should be in good condition. Which brings us to the next point... 


Do: Perform an inspection

Just like you'd test drive a car before you buy it, you should request to take the boat on the water. If the dealer doesn't let you, that should be a red flag. At the very least, your dealer should let you inspect the boat's features and check for any cracks or damage.


Don't: Let the dealer manipulate you

If you already agreed on a set price, your boat dealer should never raise the price at the last minute. You should also perform some basic research and get general price points for new and used boats. That way you'll be able to tell when your boat dealer is pulling the wool over your eyes. 


Do: Buy a brand you trust

There are countless boat brands to choose, but only a great dealer can help pick the perfect boat for you. Did you know 95% of boats that are sold in the United States are also made here? Whether you prefer an American-made boat for sale or a foreign brand, the right boat dealer can steer you in the right direction. 


Buying a new boat is a major financial decision. Whether you want pontoon boats or a used boat for sale, visiting Lakeside Motor Sports is your best option for a fair price and a great ride. Visit us today when you want a boat for sale this fall.  

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