Buying a boat for the first time can be confusing if you’re not prepared, but a great dealer can help navigate the process.
We understand how the purchasing process can be intimidating for a first-time boat buyer. Although it can seem tempting to buy a boat from a private seller, remember they’re trying to sell you their boat and aren’t considering whether it’s the right boat for you and your family. They might gloss over the expenses needed to maintain and operate a boat, and if something goes wrong, it’s on you to figure out where and how to get it serviced.
That’s where our dealer network comes in. When you purchase a new Bayliner, we and our dealers have a vested interest in making sure your boat meets your unique needs. It’s a simple equation; if your purchase lets you enjoy boating to its fullest, then we’ll have earned your trust for years to come.
Dealership or Boat Show?
The first thing you might ask yourself is where to buy a boat. Going straight to a local dealership is one way to get started, but another place to meet an authorized dealer is at a boat show where you can also compare different brands and models side-by-side.
Boat shows exist to showcase the latest and greatest boats available, and typically the dealers there offer attractive pricing to encourage you to act fast. If you’re serious about purchasing a boat, it’s a great place to start.
Boat shows can be overwhelming, though. It’s easy to get dazzled by the sheer number of awesome products, and without discipline, it can be easy to overreach. The best course of action is to have a plan, set a budget and stick with it.
Ask the Right Questions
Learning how to talk to a boat dealer and knowing the right questions to ask them will help you find the perfect match. The main questions to ask before buying a boat are:
What can I afford?
What are all the costs of ownership?
Does it have the features I need?
Is it the right size?
Does it have enough power and features for the activities I want to pursue?
Can my vehicle tow it?
Where will I store it?
Can its maintenance needs be handled locally?
What about financing?
How do I get insurance?
Can I take a test ride before buying?
Get the Most for Your Money
A Bayliner dealer aims to help first-time boat buyers navigate the entire process and show those new to the sport all the ways you can have fun on the water.
If finding a boat that delivers the most value for your money is your goal, our goal is to show you the way into the boating lifestyle.