So, you are ready to buy a snowmobile!

Discussion in 'General' started by PowderPanda, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. PowderPanda

    PowderPanda Staff Member

    Location:
    Liberty Lake, WA
    This time of year is an excellent time to buy a sled… and from the sounds of the ping of Mike and I phone from members thinking about it this year… We're stoked to see it.

    That said, I wanted to runs few things down to look for when searching.
    Where:
    1. Check the good shops weekly (http://www.vpowersports.com/map_hours.asp or http://www.allsportracing.com) Both will carry used sleds and they go through them before they're s sold (I personally used Valley Power sports in Kingston, ID and had great service with them).
    2. Craigslist. Awesome place to look and get a feel of what prices are, but buyer beware.
    3. RV Trader. Like Craigslist, but in paper form

    What::
    -This is where you need to be careful. If the sled has a lot of modifications to it (engine, shocks, etc) good chance it has been BEAT on. I just looked and saw a sled for a decent price that has a pic of the rider dropping a cornice.. That's a deal breaker also. Check the miles versus how old the sled is. My 2009 Skidoo Summit XP had 3000 when I bought it in 10/13, I now have 3455miles..

    -Ask why they are selling the sled. Many people buy a new sled every year and sell the previous.. it's a game actually, where they "snow check" the sled, make a few payments then you pay it off for them as they pick up the new sled in Oct/Nov (these are obvious as the prices run really high). For most of us, these sleds are overkill anyway..

    -If you plan on just using the sled for forest service road access to zones you plan to park and hike, look for something that is not high end.

    -Will it take 2 people on it.. Although doubling up on sleds must be done carefully due to stress on shocks and clutch, many of us do it often. Then you ned to take into consideration carrying your board/skis. Does the sled had longer track for a longer tunnel to allow for a rack to fit on. Obviously, a 163 track will tack anything.. but a 135 trek not so much…

    -Once you see a sled you like.. do a little research, talk to people about that specific sled. For instance, Skidoo Summit 2007-08 and 2010-12 had engine issues.
    The 2006 & 2009 don't (can you guess which 2 sleds I own) Bringing up another point, did they do recent engine work on the sled, my 2006 top end was rebuilt when I got it. So that relieved some of the worry about sled.

    Again.. ask people.. I'm partial to Skidoo's.. but doesn't mean the others are not good sleds. Mike and Brandon run Arctic Cats.. (Realize I blow them away on the straights… ahahaahaaa)
    Also, use the internet to Google issues or reviews.

    Bobby Tarr recently sent me a picture text of snow and a sled that read 19 Friday until Winter!!! Now 18!!!
  2. Unsubstantiated! :D
    Larry, you and I still need to line up for a drag out on the lake one of these days. I'm sure you'll win, but bet the old orange monstrosity won't get beat by as much as ya think!

    I've seen some great deals on sleds less than 5 years old on CL the past few months, go get em boys!
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  3. PowderPanda

    PowderPanda Staff Member

    Location:
    Liberty Lake, WA
    Oh… and "LIKE" Mountain Sledder Swap Meeting on the FB. Follow them for sled stuff too.. But they are all over the place.. so you have to pay attention to the location.
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  4. idsnowghost

    idsnowghost Staff Member

    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    There's a Spokane/CDA specific group, but most the sleds I've seen on there are snow checks or heavily modded. Occasionally there is a great deal though, especially with some hanging it up after such a poor winter.
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  5. epicpow

    epicpow

    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    Definitely good info Larry . . . Thanks!
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  6. Thanks for posting, very helpful. Any thoughts on trailers for those of us without trucks?
  7. PowderPanda

    PowderPanda Staff Member

    Location:
    Liberty Lake, WA
    Nick
    Good question. Depends on funds. A new trailer is optimum but costs up to $2g's for new. I scoured CL until I found mine. I love it.. for $350.. That said, after coming back to our trailers one day in the mtn's, Mike and I found out trailers cockeyed.. Shortly after that I found that my left wheel was almost off and had ruined the axle. I do not know if my trailer was vandalized or if it was just something that happened.. Coincidence?
    I bought a new axle for $200 (with hubs) and BAM.. So, I am still under many of the sled trailers out there.

    If you buy a sled off CL, no matter how nice it looks, buy new hubs and bearings.. this will be like $50.. (Robblees in Spokane carries EVERYTHING you need). Back the bearing good and BAM. Also, there are great vid's on Youtube for doing all these things from replacing the axle, hubs to packing the bearings (get surgical gloves from Walgreens.. a lot less messy).

    Cheers,
    PP
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  8. Thanks for the heads up!
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  9. And nice to run into you guys today, enjoy those huckleberries!
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  10. epicpow

    epicpow

    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    Anyone out there decide to take the plunge this season?!?!
  11. I know Dilley (deadmuppet) isn't posting much right now, but he just scored a 2009 Arctic cat m8 last week!
  12. I got the axe on the idea from my wife. Being the kind soul she is she counter offered with new skis!
  13. epicpow

    epicpow

    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    I see what you did there Nick . . . Ask for the big ticket item when what you really want is the skis. Then the price of new skis doesn't look so bad! . . . Smart man!
  14. PowderPanda

    PowderPanda Staff Member

    Location:
    Liberty Lake, WA
    Hahahaa... You sneaky pete Nick!!!! Nice maneuver!! ;-0
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  15. Well, I swear the whole process was honest. Though next year I may try to get into self-guided heli-skiing so I can get a snowmobile!
  16. epicpow

    epicpow

    Location:
    Spokane, WA
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    I decided to take the plunge . . . My son is pumped too!
  17. PowderPanda

    PowderPanda Staff Member

    Location:
    Liberty Lake, WA
    Looking Epic.. Pow!!! Ha

    Still waiting for mine to get out of the shop.. but the 06 had some work to be done.. and I did tell them no rush!
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  18. Batski

    Batski

    Location:
    Rathdrum, ID
    Selling my 1999 summit. Bought it from a little old lady last year to try this whole sled and skin deal.
    Liked it, so bought a 2013. So this one needs to go. Seriously clean machine and runs excellent.
    The lady wasn't that old, just had to throw that in! Ha Ha! But it was a lady!
    I will list over in the classifieds
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  19. PowderPanda

    PowderPanda Staff Member

    Location:
    Liberty Lake, WA
    Awesome… What 2013? Skiddo Summit again?

    Ph, how much on the '99? I'll check around to for you!
  20. Batski

    Batski

    Location:
    Rathdrum, ID
    Yep, the 2013 is a 163 track 800. way more machine than I need. But it will be nice when hauling two people, and it has reverse!!
    asking 1600 for the 1999. listed it here, in a couple weeks maybe I will list it elsewhere. just thought I would give the skiers and boarders first go at it. I would rather run into them in the mountains than more sled heads!!
    Maybe I am just selfish!
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