Tips For Buying At The Boat Show

But is a boat show really a great place to score a deal on a boat, or is it just glorified window shopping? And if you do buy, how can you get the best deals and the best financing? Those are a few of the topics I took on recently for PersonalWatercraft.com. But don't worry, I didn't just buy the company line. For my answers I went to both current and former dealers, salespeople, and loan specialists. They gave me the inside scoop on credit scores, interest rates, those "only at the show" deals, and a whole lot more.

11th February 2010.
By Jeff Hemmel

The boat show season is well underway, and the granddaddy of them all is taking place this weekend in Miami. But is a boat show really a great place to score a deal on a boat, or is it just glorified window shopping? And if you do buy, how can you get the best deals and the best financing?

Those are a few of the topics I took on recently for PersonalWatercraft.com. But don’t worry, I didn’t just buy the company line. For my answers I went to both current and former dealers, salespeople, and loan specialists. They gave me the inside scoop on credit scores, interest rates, those “only at the show” deals, and the reality of extended warranties.

Check out the full story here. And if you’re heading to a show this winter, here’s hoping you score a deal.


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Jeff Hemmel

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Jeff Hemmel writes for boats.com, Boating, PersonalWatercraft.com, and Powersports Business. The former Senior Editor at Watercraft World, Jeff is a multi-time award winner as well as a 2008 inductee into the IJSBA Hall of Fame. His first book, "The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon...and 101 Other Things For Young Mariners To Try, Do, & Build On the Water," received a bronze medal in the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. For more info, visit Jeff Hemmel's website.

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