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10 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Pontoon

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Are you thinking about buying a boat or pontoon? It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process! We put together some of our top questions to think about and discuss with your boat salesman when you’re shopping:

#1 How Do You Plan to Use the Pontoon or Boat? 

When choosing a boat or pontoon, it’s important to identify your primary use. Are you planning to use it for leisurely cruising, fishing trips, or water sport activities? Your choice will significantly impact the type and features of the boat you should consider. 

For example, a pontoon with ample deck space is ideal for relaxing cruises and entertaining friends, while a fishing boat should have features like fishing rod holders.

#2 How Many People Are You Boating With?

Consider the number of people who will typically accompany you on your boating adventures. Are you a large family, a couple, or someone who enjoys solo outings? The boat’s capacity and seating arrangements should align with your group size for comfort and safety.

#3 What’s the Right Motor Size and Horsepower?

The choice of motor size and horsepower is critical and depends on where you plan to use your boat. Different bodies of water may have restrictions on horsepower, so it’s essential to know the regulations in your area. Additionally, consider your desired speed and the boat’s intended use when selecting the motor size.

Atwood Lake’s horsepower limit is 25.

#4 Do I Need a Trailer for This Boat?

Determine whether you’ll need a boat trailer for transporting your boat between different lakes or if you’ll have a permanent docking spot. Trailering requires a vehicle capable of towing and proper storage, while docking may have fees associated with it. Your choice may influence your overall cost and convenience.

At Atwood Lake Boats, we offer docking, towing, and storage services. Learn more about all of our services here.

#5 What Warranties Come With the Pontoon?

It’s wise to inquire about the warranty for both the pontoon and the boat’s motor. Understanding the warranty coverage and duration will help you assess the manufacturer’s confidence in their product and prepare for potential service needs.

#6 Will Your Dealer Handle Your Boat Servicing Needs?

Building a good relationship with your dealer is crucial for maintaining your boat’s performance and value. Ask if they provide services like winterization, shrink wrapping for storage, and if they are a full-line dealer for both boats and motors. Having a reliable dealer can make your ownership experience smoother.

At Atwood Lake Boats we have a fully bonded/insured parts and service department with expertise in many fields. We’re prepared to help keep your boat in top shape with our maintenance packages. Learn more about our service packages here.

#7 What Other Accessories Will I Need for This Pontoon?

Consider the additional accessories you might need, such as safety equipment (life jackets, fire extinguishers, navigation lights), fuel, and a battery. Ensure that your boat comes equipped with the necessary safety gear and inquire about any optional accessories that can enhance your boating experience.

#8 What Should I Do to Best Partner With My Dealer?

Establishing a strong relationship with your dealer is not only about buying the boat but also about ongoing support. Discuss your service needs, docking options, and registration processes with your dealer to ensure a smooth experience throughout your ownership.

#9 Does This Boat Fit into My Budget?

It’s essential to evaluate your budget thoroughly. Consider not only the upfront cost of the boat but also ongoing expenses like monthly payments, annual fees (such as registration and storage), and insurance premiums. Be realistic about what you can comfortably afford without straining your finances.

#10 Are There Financing Options Available for This Pontoon?

Many dealers offer financing options to help you purchase your boat or pontoon. Explore these options and work with your dealer to find a payment plan that aligns with your budget and financial goals. This can make boat ownership more accessible and manageable.

At Atwood Lake Boats, we offer financing opportunities. Let us help you navigate the financing process!

Buying a boat or pontoon is an exciting decision, but it should be made after careful consideration of these important questions. By addressing each of these factors, you can ensure that your purchase aligns with your needs, preferences, and financial capabilities, ultimately leading to a more enjoyable and stress-free boating experience.

Buying a Pontoon at Atwood Lake Boats

Are you ready to start the buying process? Our team has the expertise to answer all of your questions! Contact us today by calling or text: 330-364-4703 or visiting us at our showroom in Mineral City, Ohio.

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