Shopping for a car can be fun, but it is not quite so difficult as shopping for a boat. This is especially true if you live in a landlocked state with almost no water for miles, like Nevada or Kansas. At least with car dealerships, you can find one within ten miles of you. A boat dealership, on the other hand, tends to stay closest to a body of water where you can take the boat to try it out. Here are a few other reasons why shopping for a boat may be more difficult than shopping for a car when you live in a very dry, isolated state, miles from a body of water.
You Have to Travel Much Further to a Boat Dealership
When the nearest boat dealership is about two hundred miles away, you may be less inclined to travel the distance. If they have the make and model of boat you want, then the distance is not so bad. However, you may just want to ask what the price is on the boat you want before you plan a trip to see the boat in case the price is too high.
You Cannot Haggle Price Between Dealers That Are Miles Apart
With car dealerships, you can pick out a car, and then haggle the price with them because you already know that this same car is available within a few miles. You may also know that the other dealerships are willing to take less. A bidding war begins, and you benefit from the best and lowest price.
That is not exactly something you can do with boat dealers, unless there are several of the boat dealerships clumped together in one spot and they all have the boat you want. Any boat dealership with miles of you may have the upper hand because there is little competition. To get the best price on your boat, you may have to travel farther away to an area where there are lots of boat dealerships. Then you can haggle to your heart's content.
What Is on the Sales Floor or Outside Is What Is Available
Car dealerships have multiple models of the same car, usually designated by different letters for the more premium versions. That means they have a ton of inventory, and probably another location filled with cars, too. Boat dealerships are typically a single location with lots of boats that are all different because there is not enough room on a boat lot to fit every model of every make of boat.
What is on the sales floor (and outside) for boats is what they have. If you want something more basic or more premium, the dealer has to order it after you accept the bill of sale. To be absolutely certain of that special order, visit a boat and RV fair and get all of your desired details on paper before you buy.