Buying a snowmobile can be a fun and enjoyable experience if you do your research carefully and know what you want. First, you need to decide how, why, and where you would like to take the snowmobile. Then you would also need to consider who would be riding on the snowmobile with you. Buying a snowmobile can be intimidating, especially when you consider the cost of one, so here's how to get the best buy for your needs.
Why are you buying a snowmobile? It can be as simple as you live in a predominantly cold place, an example would be upper Wisconsin, and you wish to use the vehicle for sport and travel. If this is the case you want to consider a snowmobile that has a good engine, and a good warranty. Generally this type of snowmobile will cost a little bit more. If you are buying the snowmobile with the hopes to one day race it, then you need a different style. You will need one that has the abilities to pick up speed in short periods of time, be able to top out that speed for extended periods of time and handle rough conditions.
How are you buying the snowmobile? Are you planning on paying cash for the snowmobile, or financing. This can limit your options. If you are planning on financing you will have to go through a snowmobile dealer. Generally this means you will be purchasing a new snowmobile because old snowmobiles are not normally found at dealers. If you are able to pay cash besides going to a dealer you could also go through the trading times, your local classified ads, and newspapers.
Where do you plan on taking the snowmobile? You can ride on trails, or on mountains. Both of these two landscapes are quite different, and require different snowmobile capabilities. So prior to buying you need to speak to the dealership or the person who is selling the item and decide how you would like to proceed.
Who will be riding the snowmobile after purchase? If it is a family decision then you want a sled that can handle more than one person. Racing snowmobiles on the other hand do not offer two seaters, and are not recommended for families. This is due to the sensitivity of the sled and how quickly it can reach deadly speeds.
Remember when buying a snowmobile that they are like any vehicle and require maintenance, up keep, registration, and instruction on how to drive it.