What To Know Before Buying an ATV - The Ultimate ATV Buying Guide
Looking to buy an ATV but don’t know where to start? We’ve got the guide for you.
The first thing you’ll want to consider is what you want to use your ATV for. Are you planning on using it for work, maintenance, hunting, racing, tours, or some good off road exploring? The main things you need to consider are whether you want a utility ATV or a sport ATV.
Next, you should settle out a price range and have a plan to cover the cost. For example, if you’re looking into an electric ATV for your business, there may be different loan options, rebates and incentives available than if you’re looking to purchase a traditional gas ATV.
You’ll also want to consider age of the intended riders. It is important to consider when buying for children due to safety. You’ll need to find an ATV with a smaller engine size for children. Small children you’ll want an engine size between 50-110cc/ 125-150cc are great for most children. And finally, 200-300cc is great for later teens and adults.
You should decide whether you want gas or electric ATVs. We have a post outlining some of the main differences on E-ATVs from traditional ATVs if you’re looking for more information.
Not all ATVs have the ability to reverse. Be sure to check and make sure that’s something you need and whether or not the ATV you’re looking to purchase has that feature.
Tires are also something to think about. Are you using them on the road or in dirt? This is important when choosing the tread. The tire size affects how much ground clearance you’ll have.
Transmissions on ATVs are usually automatic, so if you’re looking for a manual that is something you will want to double check.
Consider different brands before purchasing. Here’s a review from Consumer Affairs on different ATV brands, mind you it has not been updated with our new electric line.
Once you’ve figured out what kind of ATV you’re looking for, it’s time to find a dealer. We have a tool on our website to help find a DRR USA dealer near you.
Once you have found a dealer, be sure you drive before you buy and make sure you are happy with the handling of the ATV. Most, if not, all dealers should allow some kind of test driving.
When buying from a dealer, make sure you understand and ask any questions about any warranties or return policies.
If buying used, there are a lot more things you’ll want to check! It may require a whole separate post, but here are a couple things you’ll definitely want to check out:
Check the tires for cracks and see how worn they are
Check for engine leaks
Open the air cleaner cover and notice if it’s got build up of dirt and other gunk
Check the breaks and the thickness of the pads
Check the oil, if you notice any kind of metallic substance, it’s no good
Check the wear on the chain sprocket
Take note of any cracks, scratches, or dents in the frame
Ask about the history of the ATV and if its ever had any accidents or problems
When buying used, always ask to test drive before buying. If the seller does not allow a test drive, that should be a red flag.
Hopefully after reading this post, you feel a little more confident in your search for the right ATV. Buying an ATV is a big purchase so don’t feel as if you need to rush yourself. Figure out what features you don’t want to compromise on to narrow down your search. Good luck in your search, we wish you the best.