Have you found a tempting deal for a used inflatable SUP? At first glance, it may look like a steal, but is that so? Let’s take a closer look at second-hand paddle boards.
Yes, you can indeed land a quality inflatable stand up paddle board with a decent discount, but at the same time, it’s possible to get a damaged product.
If you’re looking for an inflatable SUP, but if you want to save some money, then a used paddle board would make sense.
Well, many people tend to buy a new SUP model every year and sell their old one. Quite often, those boards are still in excellent condition.
But do note that they can also be pretty banged up, so proceed with caution.
If you look at the price, then it could be a great deal if, for the money you can spend on a SUP board, you can only get a brand new cheap paddle board.
For your information, that category runs at around 450$ and bellow. You can check this paddle board price article to learn more.
If you can get a higher-quality second-hand paddle board at around the same price, then it would be worth it. But that’s only true if the used inflatable SUP is in excellent condition.
Otherwise, you would be just throwing your money away.
If you’re wondering why, then the board that was in a higher category, to begin with, will have a better overall build quality.
Also, It will most likely hold up better than a cheap SUP board if you’ll continue to take good care of it.
Drawbacks that could come along with a used inflatable SUP
There are a couple of reasons that would devalue your purchased paddle board.
There are two significant points.
Absence of waranty
There’s a high chance that the warranty of the SUP has already expired. If something serious would happen to your board after the purchase, then you’d be out of luck.
But if the board is still new, then there’s a chance that it still has one as the most common length of the warranty is up to two years.
But it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. For example, RED will offer an extended 5-year warranty from the year 2020.
Already worn out
And secondly it’s possible that the used SUP board is already quite banged up and is in his last life cycle.
If you can check the board in life, then you can evaluate it right there. But if it’s an online purchase, then the seller can mask some defects.
What to pay attention to when buying a used SUP
If you do decide to buy a second-hand board, then be cautious and inspect the board thoroughly.
First and foremost, check if the board has not seen any repairs already. It doesn’t have to be a large hole.
Although inflatable SUP is durable and long-lasting, even the smallest hole that is patched up would negatively impact the longevity of the SUP.
Another thing that would point out how the previous owner was caring for his board would be the scratches that are left on the board.
Sure, it may not look like just from the shop, but subtly it could tell its history.
To fully check it out, a test would be preferred. Try to inflate it fully, and after that, check it once more for possible defects.
At the same time, check out the pump if it functions correctly. It’s not the most expensive part, but if there’s something wrong with it, and the previous owner didn’t mention it, you can demand a discount.
One more way to learn more about the boards’ history would be to question the owners riding style and places.
If those are shallow rivers, then it’s a possibility that it has seen quite a few scratches against rocks, logs, etc. obstacles.
Of course, the previous owner could lie about that and sugarcoat it to you. So, look at the whole picture and see how well it correlates with the status of the SUP board itself.
Our thoughts on used inflatable SUP boards
We see it as a risk. But at the same time, it’s possible to get a great board at a lower cost. But it requires a proper inspection. Otherwise, it’s a waste of money.
If you don’t know what to pay attention to in SUP inspection, it’s best to take someone along with you to minimize the risk of landing a faulty board.
What about you? What are your thoughts on buying a used inflatable SUP? Maybe you’ve even bought one in the past. If you have, please share your experience in the comments.