Top tips when buying a jet ski

Person riding a jet ski

Riding a jet ski is fun to spend time on the water. But, buying a jet ski can be confusing. There are so many different manufacturers and models to choose from. So, here's our handy guide to buying a jet ski.

What’s your budget?

Investing in a jet ski can be expensive, so it's important to stick to a budget you can afford. Used jet skis are popular, particularly if this is a new hobby.

Size does matter!

Consider what size of personal watercraft is best for you. Some jet skis are designed to ride solo, while others are made to fit up to four.

The one-person jet ski has two types - the solo or the sport craft. The solo is a standing jet ski, and the sport craft offers a seat. This offers more stability if you're new to jet skiing.

The two-person jet ski has dual seating but tends to be a little slower, depending on the engine size.

The four-seaters are perfect for families who don't want to buy individual jet skis. The four-person jet ski is relatively new, so this might be harder to get hold of if you prefer a used jet ski.

Wider, longer jet skis are more stable, whereas shorter, thinner models are harder to control. If jet skiing is a new hobby, go for a bigger jet ski to start.


Are you planning on towing anything with your personal watercraft? If so, you'll need a jet ski with some serious horsepower. Are children or nervous novices going to be using your jet ski? Then you may want to consider a model with slower acceleration and speed.

Extra, extra!

Jet skis come with a variety of accessories. From storage to coolers, to rear view mirrors. Decide which features your jet ski needs, and ignore those that are not required. A trailer for your jet ski is essential.

Ask questions

If you're considering buying a used jet ski, ask the seller how many hours the jet ski has been used for. It's also advisable to ask a mechanic to check the jet ski over before you buy.

Safety first

Most jet skis have a lanyard which turns the jet ski off automatically if you overturn it. A used jet ski may not have a lanyard, so always ask the seller if the jet ski has one before you buy.

Also, insuring your jet ski is advisable. Insurance can protect you and your jet ski against personal injury, accidents and theft.


And finally, before buying any jet ski, you should think about where you will store it. It's best to store your jet ski indoors, in a shed or garage.

Top manufacturers

Here are some of the top names in the jet ski world:

  • Seadoo
  • Kawasaki
  • Yamaha
  • Honda
  • Polaris

So, if you’ve decided to invest in a jet ski, carry out lots of research – there is plenty of information on the internet. And if you’re considering buying a used jet ski, always use a reputable broker.

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