Our Top Ten Tips for hovercraft buyers!
AND HOW TO AVOID THE RIPOFF MERCHANTS!
1.If you don’t know anything about them, do your research into hovercraft in general. Be sure about what they should be able to do, whether a hovercraft is what you want, how they work and join your local club. Hovercrafting is still a small (but growing) community and you can gather some very useful information and feedback.
2.Do not pay for a hovercraft if you can’t actually see a real one exists – especially do NOT pay a deposit on a hovercraft which is only available in CGI form!
3 Is the supplier a member of the HMA? Hovercraft Club? Chamber of Commerce? BMI?
4.See it in action, preferably drive it, and ask to see its capabilities – as described – demonstrated. Drive more than one model before making any decisions.
5.Ask to see videos of other – identical – craft in varied conditions (water, land, mud, one up/two up etc) and look online on Youtube specifically for the make you’re considering – do you have plenty of confidence that WYSIWYG?
6.Does it come with a service manual, warranty, training and registration?
7.Does the manufacturer offer a Money Back Guarantee if the product doesn’t measure up to the sales hype?
8.Does the manufacturer have agents and dealers? This is a good sign that they are established and serious.
9.Can you obtain references from dealers/customers?
10. Ask to see photos of the build as it happens, or visit the factory. Small hovercraft should be easily completed within 4-6 weeks – any longer should make you nervous if there’s not a good reason!
Good luck with your purchase – just be careful with your money!