The popularity of the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in the United States is astonishing. From its introduction in the 1960s, off-roading has become a cultural phenomenon. Prized by both motorcycle and off-road enthusiasts, the diminutive vehicle recently crossed over to the mainstream. How can we know?
That is more than twice as many owners as there were in 2001! Those numbers make the humble ATV nearly as common as the bike, a car with a much longer, more illustrious history in America.
Although accidents have happened, because they have wheels and more stability, all-terrain models should be safer than motorcycles. Provided that they are driven responsibly, the risk that they’ll flip is quite minimal. In fact, three and four-wheel versions can handle nearly any road surface with ease, making them far more flexible than most other off-road vehicles. As such, they are one of the most enjoyable conveyances for novice and experienced drivers alike.
It might surprise you to learn that all-terrain models can be very pricey. Many first-time buyers mistakenly assume they will be about the same cost as a dirt bike when the average one costs about $7,000. But because there is growing market for these off-road dynamos, many used ATVs are offered at affordable prices.
Although new vehicles are nearly always preferable, there are many reasons you might consider a secondhand model. The first and most obvious one is the price. Just like cars, pre-owned three and four-wheelers depreciate at a rapid speed. Most lose about half their value in the first 3 decades of ownership. That is not to say all of these models are in saleable condition.
Where To Buy
Since they are generally driven on challenging surfaces, like hills, trails, and unpaved paths, all-terrain models are at greater risk of experiencing wear and tear than traditional street vehicles. As such, it can be challenging to find one in good condition, particularly in the private industry. Personal sellers might not have the expertise or experience to identify and fix little mechanical issues that could cause significant problems in the future. For the new purchaser, that could mean paying full price for a used ATV that only has a little life left in it. That is why we strongly suggest you purchase from a reputable dealer.
Although buying from a dealer isn’t as safe as buying a three or four-wheeler brand new, it’s the next best thing. Why? Because dealers typically test and repair the secondhand models they buy before offering them for sale. This allows them to ask for a bit more than the private seller as it gives buyers more confidence.
Off-road enthusiasts can save money and time when they buy a used ATV from an established dealer in the secondary market.