Buying An ATV Or UTV? 3 Mistakes To Avoid
Whether you want fun and adventure or functional transportation around your property, an all-terrain type of vehicle can be a great investment. Of course, if you have never purchased or researched these types of vehicles before, buying one can be an overwhelming process. Thankfully, help is available. Here are a few mistakes to avoid when shopping for an ATV.
Focusing on Traditional ATVs Only
One mistake you want to avoid is focusing on the traditional ATVs, such as four-wheelers, only. These ATVs are functional and fun, but they may not be best suited for your specific needs.
For example, traditional four-wheelers are not usually intended for passengers, unless you allow a person to sit behind you while riding. If you have family members that will require transportation, too, consider a side-by-side vehicle.
Fortunately, there are a few side-by-side ATV options. If you want speed and excitement, consider a side-by-side ATV that has seating for multiple people in the front and back seats. If you want an extra seat with cargo room, consider a side-by-side UTV, or utility vehicle.
Considering New Only
New vehicles are always going to be more expensive than used vehicles and that same rule applies to ATVs and UTVs, too.
Buying used can save you a great deal of money. You will have the option to buy a used model from a local dealer or you can purchase a used ATV or UTV from a private seller. Just make sure to have the used model evaluated by a mechanic to ensure the vehicle is in good working condition.
There are benefits to buying new, though. Most manufacturers offer special financing and rebates or other promotions on the purchase of their new models. If you do have to finance, you may want to consider a new ATV or UTV. However, you will need to weight out the pros and cons of these new deals versus used.
Focusing on Fun Over Safety
Finally, you must avoid focusing solely on fun instead of safety. Many buyers make the mistake of purchasing their ATV or UTV and taking it right out to the trails without proper training or practice. Unfortunately, this can increase the risk of damaging your vehicle and putting yourself in danger.
Spend time researching which vehicle is the right option for you and your needs. Then, consider enrolling in a safety training class to help you understand the right way to drive and maneuver your new vehicle.