Cessna 172 For Sale In Canada - What To Watch Out For
The Cessna 172 is a great four seater airplane that can and should give you years of fun flying. It's been around for a long time, looks great and has been very reliable over the years. However, when you are buying one in Canada you have to make sure you watch out.
The market in Canada is not the same as the USA airplane buying market. The difference is the amount of inventory that is on the used market at any given time. In the USA, there is A LOT more airplanes for sale due to the fact that the market is much larger then the Canadian market.
So that makes buying one a bit more tricky as you are going to have less inventory in most cases to choose from. However, there is still a lot of great airplanes to choose from in Canada. Especially 172's as they have been around for a long time and a lot of pilots in Canada really like flying this aircraft.
2 Things Every Pilot Should Watch Out For When Buying
A Cessna 172 In Canada
First - Watch For The Registration
One of the biggest and most expensive mistakes you can make when it comes to buying a Cessna 172 is buying one that is not yet registered in Canada. You might be able to save some money on the purchase price if you buy one south of the boarder, but you will have to deal with all the red tape issues in terms of getting it registered in Canada.
Not only that, you also have to deal with the issue of time. You have no idea how long it will take for your airplane to get registered in Canada once you start the process. It could be fast if everything goes well and as planned. Or it could take month...
You just don't know! Not only that, you don't know exactly what it will cost you until you are finished the process. So make sure you just leave that whole process to those who do it for a living and or who have already done it.
You focus on getting one that is already registered and flying in Canada. That way you have one less buying obstacle to deal with.
Be On The Lookout For This
Sometimes, what can happen is you can find a great deal on a Cessna 172 and you'll have spent some time on working with the owner in terms of finding all the info out about it, exc. And then you find out that the airplane is USA registered.
The owner could have thought he was getting a good deal and the import of this airplane was going to be really easy. And then he learned that it is not so easy so he's trying to unload it on someone else.
Or, the owner could have found out that there is some AD issues that are outstanding and he's not in a financial situation to take care of them. Either way, always ask for the reg number when you are getting serious about buying your next airplane. You don't want to waste a bunch of time and then find out the airplane is not even registered here. (In Canada)
It can be very easy to get sucked into a deal because you think you can make it work. It might be cheap to purchase on the front end, but it could cost you a fortune in time and money once you buy it.
Second - Don't Only Focus On This
One of the other mistakes buyers will make is they will simply buy an airplane because it is for sale in their local market. They will see that a Cessna 172 is for sale at the same airport as they are located and think they should buy it.
You might find a good deal locally, but don't get lazy and think that is the best place to buy an airplane. You might find that it is overpriced or not the right one for your needs. So don't just justify to yourself that it is the right airplane because it is 20 feet away from your new hanger.
It might be convenient, but at the same time - if it not the best one for you, then you might end up regretting your choice and that is not fun. So make sure you be patient and look every place possible to get the right Cessna 172 for your needs.
The Hidden Problem With Buying Locally
It is very easy to start to feel obligated to look at local aircraft because you know the pilots situation & you know him on a friendship basis so you want to help him or her out. That is normal - but just tell yourself that your not even going to consider buying locally until you have reviewed at least 3-5 airplanes that meet your requirements that are not local.
Then if none of the planes you took a serious look at are going to meet your requirements, go back and have a look at the local stuff and see how it compares to what you have been looking at. That way you'll have some good comparable's to base your buying choice on.
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