The specific method for purchasing a used pontoon boat varies depending on how the boat is sold. Boats sold on classifieds sites require you to contact the seller and work out all arrangements on your own, while boats purchased on auction sites offer you many tools to facilitate the sale.
Regardless of the process you plan to use, the first step in buying a used pontoon boat is to conduct as much research about the type of boat you want as possible. You should identify a specific make and model of pontoon boat that meets your specific needs in order to ensure you make the most appropriate purchase possible. It is very easy to accidentally over- or under-buy if you don't know exactly how and when you plan on using the pontoon boat.
If you are searching for a boat on a classifieds site, such as Craigslist.org, you must reach out to the seller through the included contact information to ask questions, if needed, and make arrangements to pay for and retrieve the boat. If you are searching on an auction site, such as eBay.com, you can use the site's tools to contact the seller, read reviews of the seller and even pay for the boat.