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Tips for Buying a Used ATV

ATVs are designed for the ultimate off-road adventures, by providing the right blend of power, agility, and awesome features. But that can come at a serious price. Some of the newer models might be out of your price range, which is why many turn to used ATVs to give them the experience they want at a price they can afford. But, as many of you know, you’ll want to be extra careful when you’re looking at pre-owned ATVs. To help you navigate the market, Family Powersports Odessa has provided you a used ATV buying guide. You can also stop by our location in Odessa, Texas to get help directly from our skilled staff. We welcome all those from Midland and Andrews.

Deciding What You Want

As you would with any quad search, you’ll want to think about what you want from the machine itself. A good place to start is to think about what you want to use it for. Recreational and racing models offer agile handling and a lighter chassis with higher ground clearance. Utility and hunting models will be more durable and offer higher carrying capacities and storage solutions.

Also, think about your own riding ability. Novice riders might want a more contained engine that’s easier to learn on, while more experienced riders will want something that’ll let them flex their skills.

There are additional features you can ask about including with your four wheeler, such as:

  • Room for a passenger

  • Fenders to keep off mud and water

  • Windshields for improved comfort

  • Additional storage options

Create a Budget

Even though you’ll be saving money by buying used, you’ll still want to create a budget to ensure you’re not spending too much. Be sure this factors in expenses outside the ATV, like any necessary registrations, maintenance and tools, and fuel spending.

History of the Vehicle

When it comes to used ATV concerns, one additional piece of information you’ll need is the history of the vehicle. Maintenance records and accident reports can give you insight into the condition of the quad. It can also clue you into what kinds of problems might fall in your lap months after buying it. As an additional step, you can go online to look up reviews from previous owners of a particular model year to see what their experiences were like.

Examine the Vehicle

Of course, asking for vehicle history doesn’t replace performing your own inspection. You’ll need to thoroughly look over the entire machine, from top to bottom, including the engine. Take note of every problem area you spot, no matter how small, and look at the bigger picture at the end. Big issues might be an obvious reason to pass on a quad, but a bunch of little issues can also add up over time and make investing in a particular model not worth the time and money.

Go for a Test Drive

Even if the ATV clears all the earlier steps, you’ll want to ask to take it for a test ride. This will probably boil down to personal preference. The perfect ATV can sometimes just not sit well with you, and that’s okay. If you don’t love it, then you probably won’t want to ride it as often, and then, what was the point of spending the money? Don’t stop until you find the perfect model for you.

At this point, you’re ready to check out used ATVs for sale here at Family Powersports Odessa. We’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for, so visit our dealership in Odessa, Texas, proudly serving Midland and Andrews.

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