What's the best time to sell or buy a boat
Best time to buy a boat. Typically in the fall is the best time to buy a used boat. The person is done with it for the year, maybe not quite cleaned up or winterized, and perhaps they do not want to store it for the winter. This can lead to decreased prices.
Best time to buy a new boat, if you are ordering the boat from the factory because you want certain options or colors, now is the best time, because many times you will get manufacture rebates whether on the boat or motor or both or accessories like a free boat cover. Even if you are buying a stocked boat, now is a good time to buy, because the rebates and free accessories still are available. However those rebates and free items dry up typically within the next couple of weeks or so.
Another good time to buy a boat, is to buy the bran new model year boat. Model years change in July for boats, so you can order for example this July a 2017 boat, and 2016 prices. Typically the next year boats are available before the price increases.
Another option for buying a stock boat is in fall. Because the new model year boats have come out, and the dealers don't want to carry over an old boat if they don't have to, nor do they want to pay interest on that boat over the winter either, so you can save some cash there.
Now boats have model years, I think most engine manufactures have gone away from model years, and just sell the motors as new motors regardless of when it was manufactured. So a motor might had a plate that says it was manufactured in 2015, but it is still considered a new motor, not a hold over. However there are deal to be had on motors that are 2-3 years old still new in crates.
That is my two cents!!
I have also found late winter to be the best time to sell when people start to get the itch.
I actually sold my old boat in 2.5 hours on Craigslist and I got exactly what I paid for it 5 years ago. Can't complain about that!
Back in February I had seen a brand new 2013 at a dealer that they marked $8k down to move it. I missed out on it by a few days apparently...won't find one like that too often. It was weird to have a leftover for that many years in the first place.