Acquiring An ATV by:Anthony Douglas
Which ATV is Right for You?
No matter the reason, if you are going to purchase an ATV there are some things you should remember. Depending on your purpose, budget, and needs, a used model might be fine or a new ATV from a dealership may be a better choice. No matter where you purchase your ATV, you should do plenty of research before you make a decision and be sure to get plenty of impartial advice. Never let a salesman in the showroom talk you into purchasing something you will regret. Make sure you have a good idea of what you want, and what you need, before you set foot in a showroom.
Your first consideration should be the age and size of the rider. If you are buying an ATV for a youth or small adult, you will want to go with a smaller model for the best riding comfort. An average sized adult should do fine with a larger model. If you are buying an ATV for someone else, it is best to take him or her along to make sure the ATV you pick is suited to their size, its better to make sure its right than to surprise them with an ATV that is too big or too small and not comfortable for them.
The second consideration when buying an ATV is your purpose. Do you need an ATV to help haul things around your property, to carry game in from the woods while hunting, or other work purposes? Are you planning to ride your ATV for fun or even try your hand at ATV racing? ATV's vary in sizes, styles, and accessories so you will want to be sure you get one with all the features you need.
If you want an ATV for work purposes, you will want to get a strong heavy ATV that is suitable for hauling or carrying large loads. You can get ATV's that have built in racks for carrying equipment or game and that come with a hitch to hook up a wagon or trailer. If you are purchasing an ATV for fun, you will probably not need all those features and would do well with a simpler model. If you are thinking about racing with your ATV, you will want to get one that is light, powerful, and designed for racing.
You should also get the proper tires for your ATV when you purchase it. If you are planning to ride in hilly, rough, and muddy terrain, you will want to get mud tires with deep tread that will help you to navigate this harsh terrain. If you are going to ride around flat ground or on trails, stock tires will suffice. If you will be racing, you should get specially designed racing tires as well.
You should also consider price and get an ATV that you can afford. You do not have to pay full price at a dealership, if you research what you need you can probably find it used in your area. If you want a warranty or service after the sale, you should consider buying from a dealership but always compare prices and know how much the model you want should cost.
Getting the Best deal on an ATV Online
Many consumers have figured out that the internet is a great place to get merchandise at great prices, and ATV's are no exception. There are many different places online where you can find a great deal on an ATV from Retailers websites to manufacturers and even auction sites such as eBay. The internet gives consumers the ability to browse hundreds of different models and makes price comparisons easy.
Shopping online for an ATV does have its own set of challenges, the biggest one being that you cannot test drive the ATV you will be purchasing. There are ways around this, however, and other things you should keep in mind when you are shopping for your next ATV online.
One of the best things about shopping online is how easy it is to compare prices. With just a few clicks you can see what each competitor charges. You should always research prices yourself; do not assume that a website has the correct prices for their competitors even if they claim to. It does not take much effort to price shop online so take advantage of it. You can also check the websites of local dealerships to see if they will be running sales that you can take advantage of.
If you are new to ATV's or don't know which type you want, the internet may not be the best place to start your search. Begin by checking out ATV's at your local retailer or dealership to get an idea of what you like. You can use the internet to get suggestions by visiting ATV forums and enthusiast websites. You can get plenty of advice online about what type of ATV will be right for you and get answers to all of your questions without pressure from a sales person.
When you shop online you cannot always be guaranteed that the ATV you are purchasing will be high quality. Shopping from an online retailer with a good reputation or from an individual with good feedback is one way to ensure the ATV you purchase will be of good quality, or at least as advertised. Do not hesitate to ask questions via email or phone about the ATV you are considering purchasing. If you cannot get an answer or the company tries to give you the run around, I is best that you go else ware.
Since you are purchasing an ATV online, it is impossible to test drive the ATV you like and get a feel for it. This is the down side to buying online, even though you can usually fin deep discounts over local dealerships.
The way to get around this problem is to decide on which model you want and then go inspect and test drive it at your local dealership. Granted this only works if you are buying a newer ATV that can be found at a dealership, as you will have a hard time finding the exact used model you may be considering. If you are buying a newer ATV model, go check it out locally before you buy it to make sure you will be happy once it arrives.
Taking the Mystery Out of Buying a Used ATV
If you have considered purchasing an ATV you probably know that it can be an expensive endeavor. ATV's range in price and the hobby can become expensive fast. If you want the newest model with all the bells and whistles, expect to pay a high price. However, if you want to get into ATV riding for less, it is possible to buy a used ATV for a much lower price and still have just as much fun. You should not think that buying a used ATV will compromise safety or quality.
If you research the ATV before you buy it and know what to look for, you can find a perfectly safe and operable ATV for a fraction of the price of a new one. This is great for beginners who want to test the waters before they invest in a brand new machine, or for people who want to experience the fun of ATV riding but do not want to pay a premium. Some people like to tinker with their ATV's and customize them. Buying a used ATV is perfect for this as you can find many used parts to create a one of a kind ATV.
The downside to buying a used ATV is that you may not always know what you are getting. This is especially true if you but a used ATV online. You cannot inspect the ATV before you purchase it and have to rely solely on the description provided. You can find good deals online but you have to be sure to ask the right questions and get important information. If you want to buy the best used ATV you can, you should follow these tips.
The safest bet in used ATV's are models made within the last few years. It is possible to find an older model that is in great condition, but if you are new to ATV's or have not done extensive research it is best to stick to models that were made fairly recently. Recent models will have less miles and will have the least amount of wear overall compared to older models. They also require less maintenance than older models.
Unless you know a lot about the inner workings of ATV's, it is best to buy a used ATV from a company or shop that employs mechanics and has experience selling and repairing ATV's. You can find great used ATV's form private sellers, but you have to be sure that you know what to look for to determine quality. If you do not know much about repairing ATV's, you are better off purchasing from someone who does.
Buying a used ATV from a company or shop will also usually provide you with some added peace of mind in the form of a limited warranty or return policy. If you are going to buy from a private seller, make sure they have a good rating if they are an inline seller or they have references if they are a local seller.
No matter where you buy your used ATV, make sure you do some research on prices and know what to expect to pay. You should also know what to look for and how to identify an ATV that has been well taken care of as opposed to one that has been neglected and will require work.
Save Money on your Next ATV Purchase
If you have an ATV, you know how expensive the hobby can be. ATV's can be very expensive and the parts and costs of maintenance can also be high. If you have to do emergency repairs of even replace a badly damaged ATV you may find yourself strapped for cash. The initial ATV purchase is also a major expense, especially if you buy new. It is possible to save money, keep to a budget, and enjoy ATV riding. You should still be prepared to invest money in your hobby but if you do some research, you can find good prices on ATV's and ATV parts.
Most ATV retailers whether they are a local dealership or an online dealer, run sales periodically. You should do some independent research and decide which model and brand of ATV you want. Unless you get lucky, you may have to end up waiting a while for a sale but the price difference will be worth it. Always check to see what the regular price of the model you want to and compare dealerships both locally and online.
Once you know what the average non-sale price is of the ATV you want, all you have to do is wait for it to go on sale. Most ATV dealerships have sales twice a year or so, and as long as you are patient you can potentially save hundreds. You should avoid going to a dealer before you know what price to expect because it is easy to be talked into buying an ATV because a sales person says that they have the best price. Always do you own research to find out what the best price really is.
Most ATV owners spend money every year replacing or adding parts to their ATV's. This can get costly if you pay retail every time you replace something. Just like ATV's, ATV parts will go on sale periodically so the trick to saving when you buy parts is to wait until their on sale and know what the best price you can expect is through research. This may not seem practical as you never know when something will break and will not want to wait months to fix it.
The solution to this dilemma is to buy parts that you know you will eventually need when they are on sale, even if you do not need them at the time. You will save money in the long run if you have a replacement part you need that you bought at a discount. Supplies for regular ATV maintenance can also be costly over time so you should grab them when they are on sale and save yourself money.
Many people, especially if they have a new ATV, have not considered buying used ATV parts. If you need to replace something on your ATV, most of the time a used part will work just a well as a new one and will save you money. Just because a part is used or refurbished does not necessarily mean that it is of inferior quality. Most of the time a used part will work just as well as a new one and you will pay a fraction of the price.
About the author
Anthony Douglas, Online Marketer with over25 years experience in the information services industry. Leverages a strong technical background with fortune 100 company experience to market products online.