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Used jet skis are bad news! Stick to quality brand names, particularly Honda or Yamaha. Avoid Polaris like the plague – they’re not made any more. Seadoo is not very good either.
In general, used jet skis are just risky. Especially 2-stroke motors, may be in need of complete engine rebuild at any time.
Edit: I’d say anything older than 2-3 years is too risky.
p.s. I worked at a powersports dealer that carried Yamaha, Seadoo, and Kawasaki jetskis for 4 years.
anything over 10 yrs is pretty much a dinosaur. some things to consider are what service centers are avail. in your area. i would not advise buying a polaris or tigershark since they have ceased production. if you are inexperienced, before you buy, ask if you can take it to a dealer near you to get it ghecked out. i would also not advise buying anything with a lot of aftermarket performannce parts!
“Jerk ski’s” are like weed whackers, Have you ever seen one run at 1/2 throttle ??? NO !… They are always operated at “FULL THROTTLE”…. having the “monkey snot” beat out of them.
I just bought a 96 seadoo sportster with twin 85hp 2-stroke’s about four months ago. the way I did it was I told the seller that I wanted it checked out before I bought it. I took it to a seadoo dealer and they went through it. cost like 200 bucks, well worth knowing it was in tip top shape.
It is not the age but the hours of operation. A typical boat or jet ski for a summer is 50 hours in the United State according to the Army Corp of Engineers. So, if the boat is 10 years old but has 100 hours on it look at it as being used for 2 seasons. If the boat has been sitting up a long time, BEWARE!.
Remember, find the VIN, usually on right rear. The last 2 digits indicate the year manufactured. If it is really old the numbers are set up differently. DON’T buy this, too old, too many problems will occur.
Spend the $125 or so to have a qualified mechanic check it out. They will be able to determine the number of hours, check all systems, and test, usually in a pool designed for them. Polaris went out of business and maybe difficult to repair in a couple of years.
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