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5 Top tips for buying a jet ski

Riding a jet ski has to be one of the exhilarating experiences on the planet. If you’re thinking of buying a jet ski, these tips will help you find a water craft that suits your particular needs, and maximises your fun on the water.

If you have any tips for someone looking to buy a jet ski, feel free to leave a comment below.

  1. Work out your budget

Yes, the first one isn’t much fun, but setting a budget is going to make you a lot happier in the long run. Jet skis can range in price from $2,000 to $15,000, so it is possible to find one in both the low and high end of the price spectrum.

When setting your budget, be sure to factor in additional costs, for example a jet ski trailer, rego and insurance. We also recommend purchasing life jackets to keep you safe on the water.

  1. Functionality

Are you likely to have a passenger on the back of your jet ski? Or would you prefer to ride solo? Are you going to tow surfers onto waves with it? Would you like to tow an inflatable tube? Or would you like to use it for wakeboarding?

Understanding how you’re going to use your jet ski will make a big different to the style you end up buying. For example, towing will require more horse power from your jet ski.

  1. Inspecting it

A new jet ski should be covered by a warranty, so a thorough inspection is not as vital. If you’re buying a second-hand jet ski, be sure to check the hull for damage, including cracks or chips. If broken, the hull can be expensive to fix, so make sure it is in good nick.

If possible, ask the owner if you can take the jet ski out for a ride, just to test it does not have any mechanical issues, like unusual noises. (Click here for a list of issues to watch out for.)

  1. Make sure it starts

It may sound obvious, but always check that the jet ski starts before making a purchase. A jet ski is able to run for a minute max out of water. Or, connect a hose to the cooling system, and then switch it on after you start the motor. (That way it won’t overheat.)

Don’t be fooled by a seller saying the jet ski doesn’t have a battery. If that is the case, either walk away or bring a battery along with you.

  1. Know how to ride it

You do need a license to operate a jet ski in Australia. The kind of ticket or license you need will depend on the state you reside in. In WA, a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket (RST) is required to operate a jet ski. Fines may apply if you don’t obtain the correct license.

Knowing how to operate your jet ski will allow you to get the most of your water craft, and keep yourself and others safe on the water.

Got your jet ski covered?

We provide comprehensive insurance for jet skis and other personal watercrafts. Contact us for a free quote. We can also assist you with reviewing your existing marine insurance to make sure your repayments are competitive.

Contact us to get started.

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