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    Trouble finding a pair of used skis

    Hello. I recently purchased a cottage on a 1000 acre lake in Michigan and I've been looking every day for the past 2 months to locate a pair of used yamaha fx ho/sho without success. My requirements are fresh water, great condition, under 100 hours ideally for around $12k. I've searched Craigslist/pwc trader/boat trader/ etc without a ton of options. I recently came across a pair of 2008 sho cruisers w 63/66 hours in mint condition for $15,500. My concern is I jump on these and miss a better pair/deal in the spring. Are my requirements that unique that this option rarely comes up? Im willing to travel up to 500 miles to pick up. Will options pick up substantially in the spring? I definitely want a pair at the lake no later than Memorial Day. Please let me know your thoughts.


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    First of all, you can never get the best deal because you never know what comes next so your requirement on the price should not be a priority...Your priority should be getting something super clean then a good deal... A good deal on a ski that needs work is not well maintained normally doesn't turn so good!

    Now these people paid close to $28000 for those skis at that year with a trailer.... You are getting them for nearly half the price...If they are in mint condition and that's what you want, buy them and never look on CL again..

    I would try to negotiate with them and buy it if these skis are what you are looking for.....

    If you can bring them down to $14500, I'd say is much better!

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    except the line of bullshit he fed you about the built in compression releases and the inablitity to do a compression test on the 1.8L engine without special yamaha equipment, but you could do a leak down test, someones pulling your prick !!!!! if the engines had compression releases, you couldn't do either !!!!!!!!! my guess the current owner don't have a clue about what he owns, and just what the dealer is telling him, these ski's might be a great deal, but for you to pay to unwinterize them and pay again to winterize them is bullshit as well, if he knew he was selling them, he should have held off on winterizing them till later in the season

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    Update. I just received a call from another dealership w 2 brand new 2011 skis VXR VXS for $18k w new trailer. I would be using the skis for 1000 acre freshwater cruising/tubing. What would you do? 08 SHO'S/ trailer w 66 hours at $15.5 or new 2011 VXS & VXR & new trailer at $18k? Would you pay the additional $2500? Is it worth it? I haven't researched much but I understand I would need to change ride plates to avoid "bucking" issue w V's? Thanks

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    If you can afford new skis and all other things being equal, get them. That way it's brand new, you have full knowledge of all maintenance and repair, you know how the skis have been operated, and cared for. The odds are the new skis will have less repair issues, have full warranties, and the form is replete with positive feedback for the vxr/vxs. michael

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    NEW !!!!!!!!!!!

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    In May they were running a deal for a pair of new 2011 or 2012 Yamahas (most models) with 8 year financing at 5.99%. At that time, you could get a pair VX's for like $249/month. FX or FZ's were a little more. Maybe they will run the same thing again early next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett View Post
    In May they were running a deal for a pair of new 2011 or 2012 Yamahas (most models) with 8 year financing at 5.99%. At that time, you could get a pair VX's for like $249/month. FX or FZ's were a little more. Maybe they will run the same thing again early next year.
    8 years? WTF.

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    Yeah apparently they are stretching out the financing to longer terms as the price of these things go through the roof.

    Wonder who will have the first $19,995 MSRP ski?

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