Surfboards can really be expensive. However, you will see that used surfboards are readily available and you can purchase these boards at your local surf shop or even in the internet in auction websites, such as eBay. The great thing about buying used surfboards is that it will be able to save you hundreds of dollars compared to buying a brand new one. However, you need to remember that if you buy a surfboard that is "too used", then it may not be worth the huge savings you will get for getting it as opposed to getting a new one.
Whenever you buy a used surfboard, always remember that there are rules that you should follow in order for you to really get your money's worth. Always scour every inch of the surfboard you plan on purchasing before you actually purchase it. You have to remember that any dings in the surfboard should have been repaired. You should also feel all over the surfboard especially over the spot where the dings were repaired. What you are looking for would be soft spots.
Soft spots will mean that the foam inside have rotted from water seeping in. This is not a good thing and you are better off with another board. Also, you need to look for the amount of ding repairs. If the board has a lot of it and even if the repair job was done quite well, the amount of dings can mean that the board is too lightly glassed, which is also not cool.
If you see an obvious repair running the length of the board, this will mean that the board was probably cracked in half, which is also not a cool thing. Although some boards like this will still ride quite well, you may want to remember that it will never be the same as it was when it was still whole or wasn’t cracked in half.