ATVs and UTVs can have many uses from working on the farm to hunting and for recreation. There are many factors to consider when purchasing a pre-owned ATV or UTV to ensure that you not only get a good deal but that you also purchase a reliable vehicle.
Like before any purchase a little research will go a long way. “It is important to build an honest relationship with the person you are purchasing the pre-owned vehicle from,” recommended Denny Revell, sales manger for Honda of the Ozarks.

1. Price Check
Prices vary based on the year, model and make of the vehicle. “Before any purchase search the NADA guides to determine the value of the particular machine,” suggested Adam Green, sales associate for Sunrise Motorsports in Searcy, Ark.

2. Check the Motor and Airbox
It is important to check for any leaks or signs of leaks. You’ll also want to check the oil. “Be sure to look for oil that’s been burned onto the engine indicating an oil leak,” said Revell.
Green added, “Check the color of the oil. If it is milky that indicates that it had water in it.”
Revell also suggested checking the air filter. This can indicate how well the vehicle was maintained.
If the vehicle has any indication of engine trouble both Green and Revell advice against purchasing the vehicle. “Listen for any noises like clinking or knocks. These things aren’t an easy fix,” said Green.

3. Check the Suspension and Wheels
“You’ll want to check any drivelines for wear and also inspect the independent suspension linkage,” added Green.
Don’t ignore the tires when purchasing a pre-owned ATV or UTV. “Look for plugs or residue indicating that there may be some leaks. Tires are not a huge issue but it can be a tool to negotiate price if the tires have too much wear,” advised Revell.

4. Test Ride
Test-driving the vehicle may be one of the most important things to do prior to purchase. “A test ride will allow you to check that all functions are working properly. If the vehicle is 4-wheel drive be sure to check that it is working also,” said Revell.
One other tip offered by Green is to pick up the seat. If the seat is heavy that’s an indicator that the vehicle has probably been underwater.
One way to limit your risk when purchasing a pre-owned ATV or UTV is to purchase through a dealer. “Typically dealers will go through the vehicle as thoroughly as possible. A dealer has more liability than an individual. Plus, a lot of dealerships will offer financing,” concluded Revell.


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