One of the best days in an off-road enthusiast’s life is getting that new or used machine. Whether it’s brand new or just new to you, you feel like you are on top of the world.

While used machines can offer a great value, before running out and spending your hard-earned money on a previously enjoyed ATV or UTV you should slow down and consider the purchase. I could list hundreds of quotes from readers who had carelessly bought ATVs or UTVs and then only weeks after the purchase disaster strikes.

To help you avoid the same pitfalls, I’ll take you through several things I look for when buying used, as well as small tells that might tip you off to a sour apple. First things first, know the machine you are going to potentially purchase. Research the off-road ride online and maybe even visit a dealership to get an idea of what to expect to see when you visit potential machines. Make some mental notes of how the machine looks new and compare that to what you see in the used market.

You will never really know what you are getting in the used market, but hopefully you can be a little better informed when buying just by taking a little time to research. Do not let the excitement of getting that new off-road vehicle cause you to lose your mind after the purchase!

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  • Gaurav Sharma

    This content is very much informative. The comparison provided herein will help you decide if a new or used ATV is best for you.

  • David Smyth

    The enormous joke on used atv’s is they cost as much as a car but by the time they hit 2,000 measly miles No one will buy them. Even my Cub Cadet Lawn Riding Mower comes with a full 3 year warranty not most atv’s 6 months. 6 months of busy trail riding can rack up 2,000 miles and then you are stuck with it. No warranty and very little chance of resale. If the Manufacturers would back up what they make and sell for 3 years than enthusiasts could enjoy their machines and ride them like the joke of a low mileage lease.

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  • Greg Serack

    biggest thing in my opinion is stay away from modified sleds,atvs whatever. If performance parts are put on its for one reason and that’s to go hard ,you risk buying something that has been rode hard and put away wet