Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Affordable Snowmobile Buying


If you live in a rural part of the northern hemisphere, you are probably more aware of global warming that the average equator-adjacent individual. While everyone seems to think that global warming is a literal term, meaning that the entire planet is warmer, this is a misconception. In fact, the process is one by which temperatures (and attendant weather) simply become more extreme (highs are higher, lows lower). So while those in the middle climes may be pleased as punch to have some relief from the hotter weather that characterizes their summers, those in in colder regions are suffering more extreme temperatures in every season. If you find that the last few winters have left you dealing with a lot more snow than you’re used to, then perhaps a snowmobile is the solution. Unfortunately, this type of specialized vehicle can be pretty pricy.

So how much do they cost? Most snowmobiles range in price from about $5,000 to $10,000 brand new (plus the cost of licensing, classes, and so on, which differ from region to region). Even used ones tend to start in the neighborhood of $2,000. Suddenly mukluks and snowshoes are looking pretty good, right? But don’t despair. If a snowmobile is what you need to make it through the winter without having to hibernate for three months at your cabin on Minnesota-every-town Lake Wobegon, this winter vehicle could be in the cards for a lot less.

The first thing to know about snowmobiles is that they are as widely varied as automobiles. There are a number of manufacturers to choose from, as well as a huge selection of sizes, engines, features, and so on that will affect the price. Plus, you can find workable used snowmobiles dating back to the 1960s (or even older), although you may not want to go with a vintage model for the simple fact that restoration may be expensive due a decided lack of replacement parts. Your best bet would probably be to look for a model that is a few years old but has compatibility with other models so that parts will be easy to find and cheap to purchase.

As for saving on the initial cost, there are a number of ways to do this, as well. You can begin by searching websites where individuals owners trade used snowmobiles in order to find potential vehicles in your area for less than buying at a retailer (although you should first check your state’s lemon laws to ensure that you don’t end up stuck with a snowmobile that craps out, leaving you with no recourse for reimbursement). You might also want to look into local classified ads as well as poking around on Craig’s List to nab a steal. And if you have any mechanical ability, you can always get a vehicle that’s not running (on the cheap) and install a new motor yourself to create a snowmobile that’s good as new at a fraction of the cost. In short, you should approach buying a snowmobile as you would any other vehicle. Do your homework and look for a deal and you’re sure to find just what you need within your limited budget.




Kyle Simpson writes for Ask Deb, where you can find Olive Garden Coupons , Outback Steakhouse Coupons and tons of other great deals on your favorite eating and shopping establishments.
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