24 September 2007

Buying used jet skis

Buying used jet skis can be a great way to save money as these water craft can be reasonably expensive new. In saying this, buying used jet skis can also cause much heartache if when you get it home it has some major problems which were overlooked. There's nothing worse than feeling like you've made a bad purchase. The following tips will help you through this process:

  1. Check for major dents or scratches - these could be signs that the ski has been in an accident. Ask the seller for any background on major dents to the body of the craft.
  2. Check for corrosion - be sure to look over the engine and other mechanical parts of the craft. Any major rust or corrosion could end up being quite costly down the track. Ask the owner if they mainly skied in fresh water (lakes) or salt water (sea). If saltwater is the answer there is a greater chance that the jet ski will have some form of corrosion. Also, some skis use an open-loop cooling system which pumps water an outside source (i.e. seawater) into the engine to cool it, so if it has been ridden in salt water and not properly cared for there could be some major signs of corrosion.
  3. Check for rust - although most jet skis are made from a rustproof material it is always a good idea to keep an eye out for this.
  4. Ask for all papers and receipts relating to the craft. Any history relating to the jet skis maintenance and repair will give a better insight into the current condition of your prospective purchase.

By the end of your examination you should have a "feeling" about the jet ski, and have an idea to whether the seller has maintained the craft in good condition. After examining a few skis you should be able to get to know which is a good purchase and which will cause you years of grief.


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