While the heart of the Canadian winter may seem like an odd time to buy a boat, it’s actually the best time.
Sure, the frozen lakes, snow and crisp air present a stark contrast to the blue skies and shimmering water that new and seasoned boaters alike envision when they think of nautical adventures. However, savvy buyers have multiple reasons to take advantage of the offseason.
From exclusive boat show deals and seasonal discounts to the luxury of time for customization and personalization, winter offers unique advantages for those looking to make a smart and well-timed purchase.
Here are four reasons why winter is the best season to buy a boat:
- Boat Show Bargains
Canadian boat shows, often held during the winter months, are great venues for prospective boat buyers to find deals. Dealers are sometimes eager to sell off older models to make room for new inventory, which could mean significant discounts.
- Seasonal Discounts and Off-Season Incentives
Even if boat shows aren’t your scene, the winter season usually prompts dealers to offer enticing discounts and incentives to attract buyers during what is traditionally a slower sales period. If timed right, this can lead to substantial savings, with potential discounts ranging from 5% to 15% off regular prices. Some dealers may also throw in additional perks, like free winter storage or maintenance packages, to sweeten the deal.
- Don’t Miss a Moment of the Boating Season
As any Canadian boater will tell you, the boating season comes and goes before you know it. So why waste it shopping for deals? Buying in winter means you have the entire off-season to prepare and personalize your boat without the rush. You can leisurely explore upgrade options, attend to maintenance needs if you’re buying a used boat, and ensure your vessel is in top-notch condition. By the time spring arrives, your boat will be ready for the water, allowing you to make the most of the boating season from day one.
- Optimal Time for Custom Orders and Upgrades
If you’re considering a custom boat order, winter is the time to do it. If you’re after a model that isn’t available at a dealership, it can take anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks to arrive. Placing your order during the off-season can potentially lead to shorter wait times. Moreover, having your boat ordered during the winter ensures it's built, delivered, and ready to launch as soon as the boating season begins.
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