8 Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Used Jet Ski

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8 Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Used Jet Ski

When purchasing a second-hand jet ski, there are many factors to consider.

This guide talks through the most important of these factors, including the types of jet ski available and the essential procedures to follow during the search. Jet skis can be found quickly and easily on eBay.

1) Types of Jet Ski

First of all, get familiar with the different types of jet skis available:

· Solo Stand-Up Craft: Smaller jet skis that a single rider stands up on. Highly agile and often used in freestyle competitions or short races. Stand-up jet skis are suitable for experienced, thrill-seeking riders.

· Solo Sport Craft: Jet skis for single riders with a seat and stationary steering controls. Although larger then stand-up craft, they can still corner sharply and require a good degree of experience to control.

· 2-Seater Craft: Longer craft with room for a passenger. They usually have larger engines to accommodate the extra weight. Although slightly less agile than solo craft, they can corner well at high speeds whilst remaining reasonably stable.

· 3- or 4-Seater Craft: Larger, heavier craft with increased stability and comfort, and space for 2 or 3 passengers. These jet skis often have luxury features such as navigation systems, cruiser seats and enhanced suspension. They can also be used to tow objects such as inflatables.

2) The Price

Like most motor vehicles, jet skis will depreciate very quickly. Buying a used jet ski allows for saving a great deal of money in the long run.

The cost of a used jet ski will vary greatly depending upon its size, age, condition and internal specifications. Expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 and $20,000, depending upon specific requirements.

Research the range of prices that second-hand jet skis sell for. On eBay, the advanced search options can be used to include completed listings in search results.

3) The Specifications

There are many specifications of a jet ski to consider before searching for a suitable model.

Jet skis are generally classified in terms of their engine size. Although larger engines are more powerful and enable greater speeds, the design of the hull will also influence performance. Shorter, narrower jet skis such as solo stand-up craft are lighter and more manoeuvrable, but unsuitable for beginners. Longer, wider jet skis are heavier and more stable, but will have reduced manoeuvrability.

There are many other factors to consider, including:

· fuel consumption

· aspiration

· stroke-type

The more knowledge the rider has about the components and different specifications of various jet skis, the more informed the purchasing decision will be.

4) The Seller

Before purchasing a premium item like a jet ski, spend time researching the seller. To ensure a reliable and positive purchasing experience, it is of utmost importance that the jet ski is bought from a trusted and reputable company or individual.

On eBay, it is beneficial to be able to view an individual seller’s profile. Their integrity can be checked over by looking at their feedback scores and comments left for them by previous buyers.

5) Jet Ski Inspection

Aim to inspect the jet ski personally before finalising a sale. If purchasing a jet ski on eBay, sellers will usually offer a ‘Local Pickup’ service to accommodate this.

Ensure that the engine and mechanical parts are functioning correctly, and that any damage or wear has been clearly disclosed by the seller.

Ensure that the jet ski still meets appropriate safety standards. All jet skis should have a lanyard, for example, so that the engine will cut out when the rider falls off.

If unsure about the mechanics of a jet ski, it may be helpful to take someone more experienced to the viewing, or have a trained mechanic assess the vehicle.

Check with the seller to find out if the craft is still under warranty.

6) Test Drive

It may be logistically difficult, but if it is at all possible, take the jet ski out for a test drive. Not only will this enable the rider to assess its driving abilities and functionality, it will also let the user know if it is right for them.

7) Additional Costs

Make sure to be aware of the additional costs of running a jet ski, including:

· Fuel: As with cars, different jet skis will use fuel at varying rates depending upon their size and efficiency.

· Insurance: The jet ski will need to be insured.

· Basic Maintenance and Servicing: The jet ski will need to be serviced regularly to keep it in top condition.

· Safety Equipment: Life jackets are essential. Other items may be desirable to make the experience more enjoyable, such as wet suits, goggles, slip-resistant footwear and gloves.

· Trailer: A suitable trailer will be required to transport the jet ski to and from the water.

· Cover: It is important to protect the jet ski whilst it is not being used. Air intakes are susceptible to environmental damage, whilst prolonged sunlight exposure can cause the paint to fade. A specialised cover should be bought to prevent avoidable wear and damage.

8) Ask Questions

Ask the seller as many relevant questions as possible to learn as much as possible about the jet ski, such as:

· How long they have owned the jet ski?

· How many hours the jet ski has spent on the water?

· Whether they bought it new or second-hand themselves

· Whether they have modified the jet ski in any way

· How much maintenance has been carried out?

Buying a Used Jet Ski on eBay

You will find a range of used jet skis available on eBay. Find jet skis made by top manufacturers, including Seadoo, Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha.

Navigate to the Sporting Goods category and select Boating, Water Sports. From the list of options on the left of the page, click on Watercraft, then select Jet Skis.

You will also find jet skis for sale on eBay Motors. Select “Boats” from the menu at the top of the page, and then choose Jet Ski (PWC) from the “Boat Type” dropdown list.

From the “Condition” options, select “Used” to view only second-hand items.

You can select from different manufacturers under the “Brands” heading.

You will find several other options available on the left-hand side of the page. Restrict results to jet skis originating in Australia, for example, or use the “Price” slider to input a price range.  Remember also to check the Deals page.

Keyword Search

If you are interested in a specific type of jet ski, you may find the Keyword search bar useful. If you are looking for a Kawasaki Waverunner, for example, simply type “Kawasaki Waverunner” (without quotation marks) into the search box.

You can also select “Include Description” to expand your search results. Visit eBay's Searching Helppage for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't find exactly what you’re looking for, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you’re looking for by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay. eBay will then email you when a matching item becomes available.

Buy a Used Jet Ski with Confidence

Make sure that you know exactly what you’re buying and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.

Know Your Item

Read the details in the item listing carefully.

Remember to add delivery costs to your final price. If you’re buying a high value item, check that the seller will insure it until it is delivered to you.

If you want more information, click the “Ask seller a question” button on the seller’s profile or the “Ask a question” link at the bottom of the item listing page.

Know Your Seller

Research your seller so that you feel safe and positive about every transaction.

· What is the seller’s feedback rating?

· How many transactions have they completed?

· How many positive responses do they have?

· What do buyers say in their feedback?

· Do they offer a money-back guarantee?

· What are the terms and conditions?

· Are buyers positive about the seller?

· Most top eBay sellers operate like retail shops and have a returns policy.


A jet ski can be relatively expensive and, therefore, it is important to keep a budget in mind.

Remember to consider the additional costs of having a jet ski, some of these costs may not be a onetime payment and so extra thought will be required.

Looking after a jet ski is an important factor to remember. Figure out the particular requirements of the jet ski in question and be prepared to carry out its requirements.

No matter what jet ski has been decided upon, it can usually be found quickly and easily on eBay.

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