Although cooler weather keeps most of us off the water, it’s the perfect time to spend your weekends at your local dealership shopping for your next or newest boat.
Purchasing a boat––new or “new to you”––is an exciting process but one that requires planning. Building a relationship with your local dealer can help alleviate any worries or woes and of course will help match you with the best boat model that meets your needs. Knowing the right questions to ask can expedite the process and make you feel knowledgeable and secure in your big purchase.
Here are a few things to run past your dealer while looking for your next Robalo:
1. Which boat model is right for me?
You’ve decided you’re interested in a Robalo, and you probably already have a pretty good idea about how and where you plan on using it, but relaying this information to your dealer will give them a clearer picture of which model or models would be best for you. Information about how many people you plan on having onboard, which activities you’ll be doing, how much horsepower you require and your budget are some things to have on hand when you visit your dealership.
2. Can I take the boat for a test drive and/or demo?
Just like exploring a boat in person is much different than seeing it online or in a brochure, test driving a boat is a huge step up from merely boarding it while on the lot. When you’ve narrowed it down to a model or two, speak with your Robalo dealer about setting up a demo so you can see it in action on the water. This will give you a feel for how the boat handles and how the features operate as well as a better idea of the level of performance and comfort.
3. What should I look for when inspecting a boat?
Both new and used boats should be inspected properly before purchase. While it might be advantageous to do some preliminary research about common irregularities to look out for, your Robalo dealer will be happy to help you with an in-depth examination of the hull, engine, prop and more. If the boat you’re buying is used, your dealership should have information on boat hours logged, storage history and maintenance history.
4. What’s the best way to finance a boat?
If you plan on financing your boat, a great place to begin this conversation is at your dealership. Financing a boat is very common, but financing options can vary greatly depending on your finances, which boat model you’re planning on purchasing and more. Dealers tend to be well versed on this topic, as they deal with this often with other clients. They’ll be able to guide you on what method will be best for you.
5. How often should I service my boat?
To keep your boat in tip-top shape, it’s smart to get on a routine maintenance schedule with your dealership. Your dealer will be able to provide you with information on how often you should seek out service, what kind of things shouldn’t be overlooked and any additional information you might need such as cleaning, storage or winterization.
As with any big purchase, it’s a good idea to start your shopping process with a little research. Click here to explore the various Robalo boat models, and then head over to our dealer locator to find your closest Robalo dealership.