The first thing you can say when buying a used pontoon boat or trailer is, “buyer beware.” Buying a used pontoon boat or trailer is not a bad thing but you need to do make sure that they are in working order and that there arent any major structural problems wrong with them.
Buying your boat or trailer second-hand is a great idea because it means you are going to spend a lot less money and you have a much better chance of negotiating a good price. If you choose to buy your pontoon boat and trailer from a dealer then make sure that they are members of your state or national boating industry association.
If the pontoon boat is already on the trailer, then youll be able to inspect the pontoons very easily, making sure that they are in good condition. You can also safeguard yourself by asking the owner to produce any receipts for repairs that he has had done on either the boat or the trailer. If however your boat is in the water then youll be able to take it out for a trial on the water to see how it performs.
It may be wise to consider having a marine survey done of both the pontoon boat and trailer to cover any issues which will affect the performance of both. Remember that it is up to you the buyer who has to pay for such an inspection. If any problems are found you may be able to negotiate with the seller for a better price and have the items fixed yourself. Choose an independent marine surveyor and make sure that the boat is tested in and out of the water and that the trailer is tested thoroughly.
Make sure that the boat and trailer are compatible with each other because if they are not a good match then it could cause damage to your boat. Having the right trailer attached to your vehicle will ensure a smooth tow and you’ll barely know that you have a trailer attached. Make sure that the boats pontoons are adequately supported because the trailer can cause damage to your boat.
You dont necessarily have to buy your pontoon boat and trailer from a dealer or from a private household. There are also general auctions held in all states through government bodies, where you can get great deals on both the pontoon boat and trailer. The beauty of this is that you can and should go on to their website beforehand and get all the information you need before you go to bid at the auction.
Buying a used pontoon boat and trailer means that you are going to be able to negotiate for a lower price, spend less money and may mean that you will get your pontoon boat and trailer sooner rather than later. You can easily refurbish a second-hand pontoon boat saving yourself a lot of money and ending up with a pontoon boat that looks like new.