How to Get Your Snowmobile Ready To Sell

July 18th, 2019 by


This fall, we’ll all be looking with big hopes for a lot of snow. The upcoming season for old and new snowmobile riders in Canada is finally here! And the snowmobile market will probably be full of lots of used snowmobiles while everybody is looking for the best sled they can find. The selection can seem almost endless, with new models from Polaris, Yamaha, Arctic Cat, Ski-doo being advertised virtually everywhere.

With so much action going on, early fall is the best time of the year to list your used snowmobile for sale and try to sell it. Now is the time of year when everyone is out looking. Later in the year, they are usually looking to save money with cheaper deals. But when the season is just beginning, that’s when lots of buyers and sellers are the most eager to make a deal.

We’ve put together a few simple steps that we hope will help you to get your snowmobile ready for the selling season.


Make sure it looks good

You’ll never get the amount of money you want for your sled if it doesn’t look like it’s practically new. It’s probably not going to be worth the money to have your sled professionally detailed. But, going the extra mile or so will drastically help the sales process. Wash it off. Eliminate any rust. Polish the painted areas so that it looks as good as humanly possible.


Make sure it runs well

There can’t be anything much more embarrassing than when someone asks you to start up your machine, and no matter how many times you pull the cord, it simply won’t start.

Check that the carburetors are in good condition, and use a carburetor cleaner if needed. Check the track tension. Look to see if there’s any damage to the throttle, fan, oil cables or water pump belt. If there are any cracks in these critical parts, you can quickly lose the sale.

Check the gas, coolant, brake fluid, and chaincase oil levels. If the engine has been sitting for a long time, drain the fuel and add some that are fresh. Add fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank if needed. Do an oil change, top off the brake fluid with the proper grade, and add new coolant. Then pull the cord to start the engine. Make sure it starts the very first time, every time.


Take a great picture

Remember that a picture is worth its weight in gold in your advertisement. Most people don’t even click on an ad unless there’s a beautiful photo. Open up some snowmobile magazines. Look at the ads from companies that advertise snowmobiles to get ideas on how to set up the machine up to take decent photos.

Use good lighting. Don’t have a messy or distracting background because it will take the buyer’s focus off the main object you’re trying to sell, your snowmobile.

Get out your smartphone or camera and start taking pictures from every side of the sled. Then, use the most attractive one as the primary photo in your ad.

Remember to take close-up photos of any of the important features of the sled, like wrap kits or custom mountain seats.


Describe your snowmobile accurately

Include the make, model and year of the sled. And describe any of the accessories that you include in the sale. The actual mileage will probably be necessaryimportant to some buyers, so be sure to list it accurately.

List any work you’ve done on the sled, or any modifications, especially if the engine has been rebuilt. Keep all service records and receipts. Buyers appreciate the fact that you’ve paid enough attention to the details to be able to prove that the work you say has been done was done, and who did it.


Know how much the modifications are worth

If your bike has modifications, you need to know their value. Some buyers might be happy to pay for custom pipe mods, while others could consider them a flaw and deviate from the original manufacturer’s designs.

But no matter how much value you place on your mods, remember that the majority of buyers are initially looking for a sled that’s as close to stock as possible. A long list of aftermarket accessories that seem to be improvements to you might not be the same for potential buyers.

In almost all cases, you’ll likely get more money by removing the accessories and selling them on a web forum that’s dedicated to the particular make and model you’re selling.


Use your current contact information

Make sure you use a phone or text number in the ad that you can answer readily, and an email address that you usually check a minimum of several times every day. There’s nothing worse than someone phoning you when you’d instead be texted. And it’s frustrating when an excited buyer with the cash in hand tries to phone you and nobody answers.


Always meet buyers in public areas

Don’t make the mistake of inviting strangers to your home to see the snowmobile you’re selling. The first thing they will do is to look around and see where you live and the things you have that you would like visitors to know you have. Remember, this is a total stranger coming into your home. For all you know, they could simply be casing your home and planning on coming back two night later to steal you blind.

Agree on meeting in a public area that’s convenient for both you and the potential buyer. Make sure it’s a comfortable location and not too noisy or distracting so you can negotiate the deal.


Price your snowmobile reasonably

Look around on various websites for prices that are being asked for similar sleds to yours. Remember that the prices advertised are asking prices and not necessarily what the seller will get for the sled in the final agreement. Check with local dealers to use online trade appraisal tools to get an average price of what your snowmobile is worth.

Ask a reasonable price. A lot of times, a seller will wind up being disappointed when nobody comes close to offering the amount they’re asking. Call snowmobile dealers in your area and find out what they’re asking for similar sleds that they have in stock. Negotiate, but be competitive. Know a bottom-line price that you will be happy with and stick to it if at all possible.

When negotiating, use pre-qualifying questions as judiciously as possible. That way, you’ll get a good idea if the buyer you’re talking with is severe or just a tire-kicker. A tire-kicker will usually disqualify himself quickly. If someone is dangerous, they will focus on asking you questions that will help them make their buying decision.

Accept cash or a bank draft as payment. Never take a personal cheque unless you know the buyer and are entirely comfortable with them paying you with a signed piece of paper that might be worthless when you make it to the bank.

If you’re tired of tire-kickers, low-ballers, and haggling, come to Westshore Marine. Our customer service is unsurpassed. We’ll give you a straight-up cash-off or trade from our friendly and helpful staff.


Westshore Marine & Leisure

Our team at Westshore Marine & Leisure is one of the largest power sports dealers in Manitoba and the Prairies. When you’re looking for a great new Polaris snowmobile, come to us and choose from our huge selection of new and used sleds, ATVs, dirt bikes, motorcycles, and generators. Visit our welcoming team and take a test ride whenever it’s most convenient.

Our family-owned and operated business are located in Manitoba on the north side of Winnipeg. We look forward to providing you sales to service and pride ourselves on giving you the best and most enjoyable customer experience possible. Contact us, and you’ll see why Westshore Marine is the fastest growing Powersport dealer in Manitoba!