The current sales/manufacturing state of the snowmobile industry is one of the rarest in the sport’s history. Demand is at an all-time high, inventory is lacking, and ALL OEMs are confronting the on-going supply chain problems making it extremely difficult to complete the 2022 builds for delivery.
I know many of you are frustrated with the delays for varying reasons, and for that, you have my complete empathy. I’m hoping you can set aside the fact of being mad for a moment, step back, and take a look at the situation, and weigh your options if you truly want to own ANY new snowmobile.
Below are my views and opinions which may help you. I encourage comments, but ask you put some intelligent thought behind the topics below before acting a keyboard warrior. Thank you – Kale
MY CURRENT AND FUTURE OUTLOOK – AND YOUR OPTIONS:
For those of you waiting to take delivery of your 2022, I see two options:
1. You have the option to cancel your 2022 Spring Order and get your money back today, and walk away. Arctic Cat has made this option clear to dealers for you. (If you wanted, you could wait to put your money down on a 2023)
2. Stay the course, take delivery of your 2022 model whenever it comes in, and enjoy what’s left of the season. You can polish it all summer and be happy knowing its ready to go when the trails open next season.
WHY I STRONGLY RECOMMEND #2 ABOVE:
1. There isn’t a 100% guarantee the current supply chain issues will be fixed for next year’s 2023 models. ALL Snowmobile OEMs hold hope that build schedules and deliveries will return to “normal”, but there is no clear guarantee at this point.
2. If you choose to cancel your 2022 to order a 2023, I can absolutely 100% guarantee MSRP prices will be increasing on 2023 models. (Rising MSRPs are a combo reflection of increased material costs, lack of inventory and high demand)
3. I refer to the well-known proverb and direct it towards 2022 orders – A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. Meaning, the things (snowmobile) you already have are more valuable than things you might get.