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The onset of winter marks the beginning of a long season of exploring new snow terrains. With new snowmobiles being released annually, there are many things to consider when buying a new machine. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced snowmobile rider, you should look out for these factors to ensure you get the best out of your money.

5 steps for buying a new snowmobile 

Buying a new snowmobile is more challenging than it sounds. You must look for specific aspects to get a model that’s worth your money. Otherwise, you may spend a lot of money on a machine that doesn’t match your experience level and cannot perform in your preferred terrains.

Here are five steps you should consider while buying a new snowmobile. 

1. Set your budget 

A snowmobile is not a cheap machine. Therefore, you should take time to allocate your budget. Ensure that you include other costs besides buying a new snowmobile to cater for accessories, repairs, maintenance schedules, and insurance. You should also check whether your state requires a snowmobile license or safety courses and determine how much you will spend to meet these obligations.

2. Your needs 

Generally, most buyers are unaware of their needs when buying things. Days of a Domestic Dad highlights power steering, windshield wipers, reverse ability, suspension, and track as crucial features you should look out for. It’s also essential to check out a model’s storage capacity to put your extra gear. 

3. Engine type 

Snowmobiles are sold in two engine types; 4-stroke and 2-stroke. 4-stroke engines are good for on-trail sleds and require less maintenance but are expensive. 2-stroke engines are more affordable, lighter, and snappier but require more maintenance. Your choice depends on how much you’re capable of meeting these requirements.

4. Take time to learn about snowmobiles 

The 2022 Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV & Powersports Show held in Mississauga, Toronto, Canada
The 2022 Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV & Powersports Show | Zou Zheng/Xinhua via Getty Images

If you’re a novice snowmobile owner, learning about these machines will help you select one that suits you. Cabin Life recommends The American Snowmobiler magazine to new snowmobile owners to familiarize themselves with relevant information that doesn’t favor any particular brand. 

5. Know about your insurance 

You must pay attention to the need for insurance when buying a new snowmobile. After all, you will be snowmobiling on dangerous trails if you’re a performance trail rider or speeding on ice trails if you’re a speed demon. Regardless of your preference, insurance would come in handy while maintaining or repairing your snowmobile. It’s also crucial for your treatment cost coverage in case of an accident. 

The pros and cons of buying new and used snowmobiles 

Depending on your budget, you can choose to buy a new or used snowmobile. However, each choice comes with its advantages and disadvantages. When purchasing a new model, you will get a machine with excellent reliability, the latest technology, and a warranty.

You will also have the chance to trade in for a newer and better model in about three years while it maintains a lot more appeal. The only downside is that it’s more expensive than the used model. A used snowmobile is cheaper than a brand-new one.

This makes a used model a good option for someone with a limited budget. However, you may put your risk of cons associated with its longevity. For instance, you may lack spare parts for discontinued models like the Arctic Cat Thundercat, despite having newer versions for the same brand.

You may also need to pay more insurance premiums to cover the risks that come with it. Otherwise, you can save a lot of money if you learn the hacks of buying a used snowmobile, especially if you’re a newbie. 


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