Buying ATVs: Protect Yourself When Buying a Used Quad!

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If you’re into ATV riding, then there’s nothing more exciting than scouring the Internet and trade magazines on a hunt to buy used ATVs and find just the right quad for that prized spot you’ve got marked out in your garage. Or if you’ve already got your own, then of course you’ve just got to buy ATVs and have at least one more to spare so that you’ve got an extra for your buddy, your wife or kids. And if you’re like the rest of us, money is tight with price just as important as finding the right model or style. So what do you do? Buying used is often a great way to go especially if you just want to have a spare. And the net is full of deals; you just have to locate them. Here’s what you should look for when buying a used quad to be sure you are getting the best machine possible for your hard-earned cash.

For tips to buy ATVs, use our ATV checklist:

  • When you go to look at a used quad, take a knowledgeable buddy along, especially if you’re new to the sport. Making sure the right questions are asked could save you from some serious unwanted surprises after you get your 4-wheeler home. If the owner is reputable and stands behind the sale, he or she won’t mind. And if they put up a fuss, walk away!
  • Have a friend or the owner help you raise the ATV up and stand it on the rear grab bar to allow you to walk around and inspect the undercarriage for any serious dents or damage. Remember, you’re buying a used machine, so although you want a good-looking machine, your real goal is to save some bucks yet still get a quality machine. Look past scratches and dings and appreciate the machine for what it should be – a used, clean and smooth running quad that’s got some logged trail riding under its tires to add just the right character to your new purchase.
  • Inspect the frame, shock mounts, and other components. Check for signs of stress by looking closely for any cracks or bulges that might require welding or parts replacement. Check or even remove the front and rear differential inspection plugs and be alert for any signs of contaminated engine oil or damage to the bearings.
  • Be aware of rust! Use a flashlight and look and feel for signs of rust, especially on the gas tank. If there’s rust, you can be sure there’s going to be repair and you don’t want any surprise costs after you’ve got your machine home.
  • Remove the seat and inspect the air box and filter for signs of water collection and damage. Water collection can cause damage to the engine – or even worse, cause your 4-wheeler to be dead on its wheels in a remote location.
  • Sit on the machine and work the handlebars. Make sure there isn’t damage to the rod irons. Then start it up, working the on and off switch. Move the tires. Listen to the engine. Turn the lights and have your buddy check the headlights, taillights, direction lights. Check the exhaust area and double-check for a spark arrester.
  • Ride the machine!

These are just a few tips that will ensure you’re getting the best buy for your money, and you’re careful to buy ATVs that aren’t a purchase that was too good to be true.

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