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How to Choose an ATV

Deciding to buy an ATV is an exciting time. You’re about to add some thrills and oomph to your lifestyle! But first, you need to find an ATV, which can be overwhelming given how many choices are out there. Here at Family Powersports of Odessa, we enjoy making things as easy as possible for you. We put together the following guide to choosing an ATV. When you are ready to look at models, visit our location in Odessa, Texas. We carry many brands including Polaris®.

Uses of an ATV

Your search begins by defining how you hope to use your ATV. There are so many categories of ATVs and each is tailored to a certain type of riding. Different needs require different features after all. Determining how you’ll use your ATV helps you narrow your search down.

Most riders seek a recreational ATV. All you want is fun! These tend to be general purpose vehicles, but you can seek out some specifications. Tighter handling and a lighter frame help you conquer those off-roads better.

Others want to show off their riding skills at racing competitions. Their aim is more competitive – they want to win! You’ll want to prioritize models built to hit the top speed capacities.

Some people hope to use their ATV for work. The high hauling capabilities of certain models can certainly help you work smarter, not harder. Look for plenty of storage space to fit your tools and equipment, as well as hauling capabilities.

The most popular brands, like Polaris®, will offer plenty of models designed for certain uses. It’ll be easy to find one that meets your interest.

Types of ATVs

Under the term “ATV” fall two types of vehicles. First, there are utility ATVs (which are the most common). They sport a bulky, boxy style. They tend to offer features such as cargo racks, tow hitches, and two-up seats. These are the bad boys used to tackle the toughest projects, but they can also be used for leisurely rides around the forest.

The second category is sport ATVs. Their aesthetic is much sleeker. After all, the lighter they are the faster they can go. They come built with the best suspension systems to provide a smooth ride.

ATV Features

For some riders, all they need is a basic ATV. It needs to turn on, turn, and stop. Others require a bit more pizzaz. Many brands, especially Polaris®, offer special features to boost your ride.

Some ATVs can handle more than one passenger. They come with a bigger seat to comfortably fit you both. They are made with a suspension system able to handle the excess weight without wearing down the performance.

Some ATVs offer features designed to boost your comfort. After all, if you are riding for hours on end you want to be comfy. They sport features such as fenders to block mud and water from drenching your clothes.

Your Budget

When shopping for an ATV, it helps to set a strict budget. It’ll prevent you from falling in love with a top-of-the-line model that you can’t quite afford. Besides, there are so many ATV options within your budget to consider. The last thing you need is more options to clutter up your research! Don’t forget to include a budget for repairs (if you are shopping used) and any ATV-related gear (such as a helmet or riding clothes). Polaris® offers many models for all price points, so it’s easy to find one within your budget.

When you are ready to check out different ATV models, visit Family Powersports of Odessa. We carry many brands, including Polaris®. Our friendly staff can help you find the ideal model for your needs. We proudly serve those in Odessa, Midlands, Pecos, and Fort Stockton, Texas.

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