There are many reasons for wanting an ATV of your own: riding around trails, getting work done on your land, and taking it with you camping. It can be a difficult decision choosing your ATV. If you are ready to start your search for an ATV you can call your own, here are a few suggestions to help you make this big purchase. These steps will help you navigate through the process for an ATV with every feature you want for a budget you can afford.
Here are some general parameters that will help you in your decision making process when shopping online for an ATV:
Understand Your Needs
The best way to start off is understanding what you want out of an ATV. There are so many different styles and features, you can be overwhelmed if you are not focused on what you need. Answer some questions for yourself before you compare models, and that will help you rule out what won’t work. Do you want to be able to carry passengers? Do you want to carry a lot of cargo? Will children be riding it? Is it for work or for play? You may be able to rule out a few expensive extras if you do not need every feature from your ATV.
Before you talk to a dealer, do your research. Learn about the different brands and what they can offer you. There are a lot of reviews out there from professionals and from people like you that will help you learn which ATV will fit your lifestyle and your budget the best. Read through the ATV forums, and talk with friends and family about their experiences. Don’t forget to look at the specs when you are comparing one ATV to another. When looking at your top choices, keep in mind that you will probably have this vehicle long enough to need to service it at some point. Check to see how easy or difficult it is to find parts. There are ATVs that are manufactured by smaller brands, and these will be cheaper that buying from a bigger manufacturer. While these are a good idea if this is a starter ATV, keep in mind that you get what you pay for.
Go into the process knowing how much you can afford up front. Make a hard stop for yourself, or you may end up spending more than you meant to at the start. If you are going to be making a monthly payment, factor that in to your other bills and see what kind of impact it will make. If you will need a loan to make your purchase, go ahead and get pre-qualified before you start shopping.
Finally, when shopping online for ATVs, it is suggested that you purchase from an online specialty retailer who has a wide selection of vehicles and has a good return policy. Also, look for reviews from other customers who have actually purchased an ATV from that particular merchant.
Good luck and have fun shopping for your ATV.