Boats For Sale Blog

Mar 27, 2018

Is is Best to Buy a New or Used Boat?

Purchasing a boat is the start of an exciting new adventure that will create lots of fantastic memories; but with so many to choose from - houseboats, sailboats, luxury super yachts - where do you begin?

One question we often get asked is whether it’s best to purchase a new boat or a used one, and while a large part of this decision will inevitably come down to budget, there’s a number of other factors you should take into account before making your decision.

What specification do you need?


When it comes to specifications, one thing you need to bear in mind is that used boats have been designed and customised to fit the previous owner’s taste and requirements.

While these specifications are fairly standardised and suitable for most needs, you’d be better buying a new boat if you like to have things customised and unique to you.

Plus, part of the fun of buying a brand new boat is choosing your own customisations that fit around your needs. You’ll be able to design everything from the colour on the outside through to the seating inside, and have a say in the general layout of your boat or yacht.

How much do you want to spend?

It’s no surprise that new boats are more expensive than used boats. New boats have never been driven and come with a warranty to cover any repairs needed within the first couple of years.

But it’s worth baring in mind that used boats often come with a limited seller’s warranty, which can lower your insurance costs as ongoing repairs and damages are smaller and protected by the warranty.

Do you need the latest technology?

The level of modern technology in boats is continually improving. A new boat will have the very latest screens, sound systems and mod cons, whereas a used boat will be operating from older systems. If you’re into technology and like the have the latest innovations you’d be better off going for a new boat, if not, it’s worth looking for a used model.

Deciding whether to buy a new or used boat is ultimately an individual decision that can only be made by you. There are benefits and drawbacks for each - as we have discussed - but once you’ve decided what’s best for you, take a look at the Boats for Sale website where we have a variety of luxurious new and used boats for sale.

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