Buying a PWC is an investment in fun, undoubtedly. However there is the actual financial investment that comes along with that, and it should really be the deciding factor for the PWC you land on. While researching PWCs, you’ll notice that the price bracket is pretty broad. There are so many different variables to the models that the pricing scale changes dramatically depending on what you’re after, and what your budget is. You also have to consider the costs after the initial purchase and balance this with what you can realistically afford over time. We get asked a lot ‘how much is a PWC?’, so here’s our breakdown of the drive away costs and the longer term financial layout.
Even within brands, the cost of PWCs can be dramatically different. For example, the Sea-Doo spark is known to be one of the most affordable on the market, while Sea-Doo also has some of the pricier PWCs with their luxury range. We have our full range available on our Sea-Doo page. But, as a quick reference, we’ve got our most popular Sea-Doos listed below, which also offers a good scope of pricing.
These prices do not include registration (which is typically $400 annually), nor the trailer.
These are often called ‘hidden costs’, but that’s not really the case. Buying a PWC is kind of like buying a car, in that you can expect to have to pay to keep it on the road. Or, in the case of a PWC, the water. If you buy from a reputable dealer, there aren’t any sneaky hidden costs on the horizon, but there are ongoing ones that you should consider.
This is a really important cost to factor in because it should be a non-negotiable one. Insuring your PWC is akin to servicing it in terms of future proofing it. It’s a machine built for adventure, and with adventure comes unpredictability. From a rogue rider running into you, to the hazards in the water (such as debris) and simply being in bodies of water that are controlled by nature, you just never know what’s around the corner. Insurance costs can range from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars per year depending on the make, model, year, power and any modifications made. For an insurance quote contact our sales team! (*note we are in the process of being a Club Marine insurance agent so the more people who can start asking us the better)
Your riding behaviour will largely dictate your costs on fuel. Of course, the amount of time you spend out on your PWC will chew up the fuel. However, if you go hard on the throttle every time, you can expect to churn through your fuel at double the rate of more leisurely rides. On average though, it’s estimated that PWCs cost up to $600 a year in fuel consumption. We advise you to always fill up with 98 octane fuel for both performance and maintenance reasons. Depending on when you fuel up you can expect to pay between $80-$100 a tank for a full-size PWC, or around $40 to fill up the Spark range. Always keep in mind when fueling up on the water you will pay more per litre for the convenience!
Servicing can be done by Sutto’s, and it gives you peace of mind that your PWC is in top condition, and also that it remains legally sea-worthy. We took a deep dive into Sea-Doo servicing on our blog to read more about the service and why it’s so important.
Something a lot of people forget! How you get your PWC from A to sea. Trailers can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on how specky you want it to be. Some do have some great protection functions and storage solutions, so it’s best to shop around to find the best fit for you. The best part is, this is typically a one off cost.
Now it’s time to think about your specific wants and needs for your PWC life and start searching for your perfect Sea-Doo!
Contact us today for more information, or to ask any questions about our range and ongoing services.