A new jet ski will cost anywhere from $6,000 to $21,000 depending on the engine, body, and features you intend to buy.
The average cost of a jet ski is about $13,800.
The cheapest jet ski is the Sea-Doo Spark 60HP at $5,999. The most expensive jet ski is the Sea-Doo RXP-X Apex at $20,999.
Jet ski prices don’t include taxes, fees, and a trailer. Therefore, I’ve included a calculator in this article to help you understand what a jet ski will cost altogether.
2023 Jet Ski Price Chart
|Sea-Doo||Spark 2UP 60HP||$5,999|
|Sea-Doo||Spark 3UP 90HP||$7,299|
|Sea-Doo||Spark 2UP 90HP iBR||$7,699|
|Sea-Doo||Spark Trixx 2UP||$8,199|
|Sea-Doo||Spark 3UP 90HP iBR||$8,299|
|Sea-Doo||Spark Trixx 3UP||$8,799|
|Sea-Doo||GTI SE 130||$11,499|
|Sea-Doo||GTI SE 170||$12,099|
|Yamaha||VX CRUISER HO||$13,299|
|Sea-Doo||FISH PRO SCOUT||$14,299|
|Yamaha||VX LIMITED HO||$14,999|
|Yamaha||FX CRUISER HO||$16,699|
|Sea-Doo||Explorer Pro 170||$16,799|
|Sea-Doo||FISH PRO SPORT||$17,299|
|Sea-Doo||WAKE PRO 230||$17,499|
|Sea-Doo||GTX Limited 300||$18,899|
|Yamaha||FX CRUISER SVHO||$19,399|
|Sea-Doo||FISH PRO TROPHY||$19,599|
|Yamaha||FX LIMITED SVHO||$19,999|
|Sea-Doo||RXP-X Apex 300||$20,999|
Jet Ski Pricing Calculator
How much should you pay for a jet ski can get confusing fast. To help I’ve created a pricing tool that you can play around with and give you a general idea.
Note: This calculator is for “playing-around” purposes only. The actual values will vary from dealership, location, time of year, and even your creditworthiness if you finance. Contact your local dealer to get exact quotes.
Trailer Prices: To see how much jet ski trailers cost see our guide here.
Sales Tax: Every state has a different sales tax that you pay when purchasing anything. There may even be extra taxes depending on where you live.
Freight: This is the shipping fee that is paid to get a jet ski delivered to the dealership.
PDI: This is the Pre-Delivery Inspection. Jet skis come in crates and must be removed, setup, and gone over to make sure it’s ready for the water.
Doc: This is the documentation fee. Every state has laws about the documentation fee, and it gets confusing fast, you can learn more here.
Registration Fee: This is the fee you pay to get your jet ski and/or trailer registered with your state. This is basically the process to get numbers assigned to your jet ski and a trailer tag. This fee can vary depending on how many years you pay for and county fees too.
MSRP: If you see MSRP that is the manufacturer suggested retail price. All jet skis have an MSRP that is set by the factory. An interesting tidbit about MSRP is that dealerships can’t advertise a current year model below this number, but can go below this number on non-current models.
Commodity Surcharge: A commodity surcharge is a real fee added to the price of a jet ski when the raw material to build it fluctuates. Scroll down to learn more about the commodity surcharge.
Factors That Affect Jet Ski Prices
There are many things to factor in when looking at new and used jet ski prices.
For new jet skis, you have commodity and logistics surcharges due to supply chain issues, which change often. You also have dealer margins, taxes, fees from the state, supplies to assemble the unit, disposal of crates and waste materials. Let’s not forget the extra things you may need, like a trailer, life jackets, and more gear.
There are factors on used jet ski prices like supply, demand, condition, hours, does it run, supercharger, and much more. The price of a used jet ski can vary, in the summer months you’ll pay more, but you often have more to pick from.
Jet Ski Financing Options – New & Used
New and used jet skis have financing options that vary due to promotions and customer credit worthiness.
New jet ski rates can as low as 0% up to 10% depending on terms and your credit worthiness. Used jet ski rates can vary a lot more, most often 3% up to 20%, if not more, depending on your credit worthiness. Financing a used jet ski will always be more costly, but the jet ski tends to be cheaper than getting new.
The jet ski manufacturer often buy down the rates on NEW jet skis when you use their financing. The rates are often better than some local banks, especially since the dealership doesn’t always get cutbacks on those deals.
The dealership will have a bank they like to use or a broker that finds the best rates for a customer. The dealership will get a cut-back from this situation, but they may not use them as much, as the manufacturer’s financing is often so much easier to deal with.
To learn more about jet ski financing and to play with a financing calculator, go here.
New Vs. Used Jet Ski Prices
All new jet skis have a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) and all dealerships can’t stray from that price for the current year model. When the next year model jet skis come out, the dealer can price the units whatever they want, but that doesn’t mean they’ll sell it for that much.
There are no rules for used jet ski prices, the jet ski dealership can sell it for whatever they want.
Used jet ski prices will be lower than new jet skis, but new jet skis have a warranty and no hours on the PWC. A used jet ski is a great option if you’re new to the sport and see how it all works. You will get dings and scratches on your jet skis, and it’s less worrisome on used PWCs, so they’re perfect to learn how to drive.
I’ve listed new jet ski prices and a calculator at the top to help you understand how you can expect to pay. Used jet ski prices can be more tricky as you also need to consider the condition of the watercraft too. I have created a guide to help you see how much a used jet ski will cost and what to look out for when buying.
Are Jet Ski Prices Negotiable?
Jet ski prices are negotiable, but it’s not always guaranteed.
If jet skis are selling very well and inventory is getting short, dealerships are less likely to negotiate on price. But if a dealership has many in stock or out of season, prices tend to be more negotiable.
Timing is everything, and it’s not always straightforward either. I have a guide that goes over when the best time to buy a jet ski here.
Why Are Jet Skis So Expensive?
Boats, in general, have gotten more expensive.
Jet skis are not small little things anymore, some are as big as boats. Most people don’t want a small jet ski, they want something that gives them a good ride, so the manufacturers build just that, but it also comes at a higher price.
For a lot of people, jet skis have become boat replacements as they’re easier to store, use, and still cheaper than a full boat. If you think jet skis are expensive, wait until you see how expensive boats have gotten.
Jet skis are also not the same creatures they were in the ‘90s or ’00s and changed quite a lot, which also means the prices have changed a lot too. Many watercraft now have brakes, something never heard of 20 years ago. They also have a lot more horsepower, tech, comfort, stability, and so much more.
You can even get a stereo and cupholders – they’re truly becoming a boat replacement!
If you don’t care for all this and just want a simple but affordable jet ski, then consider looking at the Sea-Doo Spark or Yamaha EX. The Spark and EX will be the cheapest and simplest options you have for new jet skis.
Tips For Finding Affordable Jet Skis
Affordable jet skis do exist, new or used, but you got to do a lot more work to find them.
When it comes to buying a new jet ski, I have a huge list of tips that will help you get a good deal on a jet ski. I have sold many jet skis at a dealership, so I know all the tricks they and customers play, so I tell it all.
As for used jet skis, I also have a guide that goes over what to look for when buying a used jet ski here. To add to this, here are tips for finding an affordable jet skis:
- Buy from friends and family. The best deals come from those who don’t advertise the jet ski or someone who needs to move it like a friend or family member.
- Look for sale signs at marinas. Many jet ski owners are too busy to post their jet ski online or anywhere and tell the marina to do it for them. The marina will often have boards and info areas that will have boats and jet skis for sale.
- Buy junk jet skis. If you got the time, the skill, and the money, you can rebuild many junk jet skis. A lot of dealerships and repair shops will collect these machines, often use them as part machines.
- Find abandoned jet skis. You’ll be surprised how many people abandon jet skis, often at dealerships or repair shops. There is a lot of legal work involved in this one, as the jet ski needs to be actually abandoned, but it’s possible (and rare).
- Yard sales and estate sales. You can find jet skis at yard sales and estate sales, often they don’t know what they have and just looking to get rid of them. Most of the time the jet ski doesn’t run and will need some maintenance and care before it’s ready, but with the right timing and skill this can be a goldmine.
- Talk to rental companies. I’m not a huge fan of buying used rental jet skis, but you’re not going to find a more affordable option to get in you in the sport. Many of these rental jet ski companies replace the units every 1 to 3 years because they get so high of hours. The modern 4-stroke jet skis, which most of them use, have a very long life on them compared to the older 2-stroke that are phased out.
What Jet Ski Should I Buy?
To see the complete comparison of every jet ski made in 2023, check out the Sea-Doo vs. Yamaha vs. Kawasaki guide.
How Much Does A Jet Ski Trailer Cost?
A jet ski trailer can cost anywhere from $600 all the way up to $10,000+.
I have a guide here that goes over jet ski trailer prices and other info you need to know about them.
How Much Does It Cost To Own a Jet Ski?
I put the cost of owning a jet ski along the lines of owning a used car.
There are other things to consider when owning a jet ski like insurance, where you’re going to keep it, and maintenance costs.
I go over the whole cost of ownership for a jet ski here.
What Should I Wear On A Jet Ski?
There is proper clothing you should wear while on your jet ski. If you don’t believe me then check out the warning stickers on the glovebox or around the rear of the WaveRunner.
I have a guide on what to wear while riding a jet ski here.
How Much Does A Jet Ski Weigh?
Here is the guide on how much jet skis weigh.
Tips for Buying Jet Skis?
Here is my guide on buying a USED jet ski that goes over everything you need to know when buying used.
Here is the guide I created for buying a NEW jet ski.
Jet Ski Vs. Boat?
A common question I would get is from people deciding if they want to get a boat or a jet ski.
I’ve created an entire article on this subject to better help you pick the best option for you. Check out my jet ski vs boat post here.
What Are Too Many Hours?
Jet skis go by hours and not miles.
A common question I get is how many hours is too many for a jet ski.
I answer this question and much more in this guide here on jet ski hours.
Pros and Cons of Jet Skis?
If you’re thinking of buying a jet ski you might be wondering what the pros and cons are. After years of selling and owning jet skis here is my complete list of pros and cons.
What Accessories Do I Need?
There a few things you’ll need to make you legal and your life easier when it comes to jet skis. Here is my list of must-have jet ski accessories.