Snowmobiling is expensive, and one of the best ways to save money is to buy a used sled. There is no secret hack, and it will take consistent effort and luck to end up with a deal that makes all your friends envious.
Keys to finding that deal!
- How you search. You need to be looking at all avenues people are list snowmobiles for sale. Comb Craigslist, Facebook, Sledswap, Offerup, let go, eBay, and any other place you can find a snowmobile for sale. You are going to have to follow those sites every day if you are serious about this deal. The key is to expand your search beyond your local area. Determine how far you are willing to drive and search the major cities in that radius.
- Be flexible. Determine what Manufacture, Engine size, track length, and model you want. The more flexible you are, the better chance you have of getting that deal.
- Purchase outside of the peak buying season. Buying from February forward through summer is ideal. Sellers listing a snowmobile this time of year tend to need the money more, and fewer buyers will be more susceptible to be negotiated down. If you purchase right after the snowmobile season, you can entice the seller by reminding them they will not have to worry about summarizing it and storage.
- Cash is king. If you pay with cash, it will be much easier to get a deal. Checks are more risky for the seller, and they may want a premium to take that risk.
- Do your research and make sure to avoid subpar models. New sleds now days are all pretty reliable with minimal issues, but there are snowmobiles in the past notorious for problems and just cause on paper it looks like a good deal, a few part failures later and that good deal can turn into a bust. Forums like Hardcoresledder, Dootalk, Totally Yamaha, and Arctichat are your friends.
- Make sure to look the sled over thoroughly. Inspect for liquids that leaked, lugs that are missing, any changed out parts. Verify the mileage is correct, which the ad or seller stated. Also, take a look at the seller's possessions. Generally, someone who takes care of other items they own will take care of their snowmobile.
If you follow these key points, you’ll have no problem getting into or upgrading your snowmobile at a reasonable price. As long as you are persistent, the deal will come.