Top 3 Reasons Your Family Should Attend The 2019 Grand Rapids Boat Show
Is the boat show the best time to buy a new boat? Do I really need to buy a boat in the middle of winter when I'm not going to be boating for another 3 months? Should I go to the boat show if I am starting my search or not going to buy this year? We get these question a lot and the short answer is YES. There are many reasons to attend the boat show but today I want to share the top three.
1. Ability To See Everything Under One Roof
Dealerships travel from all over the state to be at the Grand Rapids Boat Show. This results in all different types, styles, and brands of boats being on display. If you don't necessarily know what you're looking for, are new to boating or just starting your search... this is the perfect opportunity for you to explore!
Have a better idea of what you're looking for? The boat show is for you too! The show provides a unique experience in which you can see everything in one place and in one day. Outside of the boat show, shopping different brands and/or styles of boats can be time-consuming. Driving from dealership to dealership can result in hours of traveling and even time off work.
After doing your shopping and narrowing it down to a few options the boat show allows you to quickly revisit your favorite dealerships and boats. Revisiting your top picks ensures you have all the details and allows you to ask any questions or about any concerns that may have come up while shopping around. This is also a great opportunity to collect brochures, contact information and quotes if you hadn’t had the chance to before.
2. Dealership Inventory
Boat show season is the time of the year that dealerships have the most in-stock inventory. Have a particular color, layout, or size in mind? Now is the time to buy. Large inventory means more to choose from. In return, this means you will have a better chance of finding exactly what you're looking for. As summer approaches, dealership’s inventory will start to diminish. Wait too long and you may find yourself having to make compromises. Buying an in-stock boat also ensures an early spring delivery and a full first season of fun on the water.
Having a hard time finding the perfect boat or pontoon in a dealerships stock inventory? You may want to ask about custom ordering one. By this time of the year, most people have already custom ordered a boat for spring delivery. But don't worry, it may still be early enough to expect a mid-summer delivery! It is also a good idea to ask the dealership's staff if they have any remaining build slots for custom ordered boats.
3. Best Prices
At the boat show, most all manufacturers and dealerships provide incentives to purchase. These incentives can come in the form of an extended warranty and/or a price discount. And in some cases, these incentives can result in the best pricing of the year.
If you have plans to finance your new boat, the show is a great time to snag a reduced interest rate too! Most banks allow dealerships to run reduced rates for the boat show. So be sure to get your deal locked in and get your finance application filled out. Keep in mind, most reduced rates are only good through the end of the show.
Don’t be afraid to ask dealerships staff what the incentives are to buy at the show. Ask if any incentives discussed have a limited quantity. Ask what the price would look like if you should decide to buy at a later date. Inability to answer these questions might be a red flag!
Premier Motorsports has been attending the Grand Rapids boat show for more than 20 years. We now have one of the largest booths in the show and will have more than 30 boats on display again this year. Come and warm up with team Premier this February with a trip to Devos Place! You'll thank yourself this summer while you're relaxing on the lake with friends and family.
303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Show Dates & Hours:
Wed, Feb 13 / 2 pm – 9 pm
Thu, Feb 14 / 2 pm – 9 pm
Fri, Feb 15 / 11 am – 9 pm
Sat, Feb 16 / 10 am – 8 pm
Sun, Feb 17 / 11 am – 5 pm