Selecting a Used ATV

Some people are able to go out and buy a brand new ATV. There are others of us who may not be able buy new. We might not have the cash or credit, or simply don’t want to shell out the money for something as expensive as a brand new ATV. If you are considering buying a used ATV, there are some things you will want to look for when inspecting the ATV. Even if you choose to buy second hand, you need to ensure you are getting a sound vehicle and a good deal.

By carefully checking over the ATV, you can usually make a very good purchase when buying used. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, you can always take it to a repair shop and have a mechanic give it the once over. This step can be very important when buying from an individual owner and not a dealership. Call around your area and find a mechanic who specializes in ATV repair, if you don’t already know of one. This may cost you $100 or so, but will be worth making sure you aren’t purchasing a lemon. Here is a list of things to look at on a used ATV, if you can’t, or don’t want, to spend the fees to have a professional check it over.

Carefully check the plastic on the body to make sure there isn’t damage to the fenders. If the fenders have breaks or cracks, they will need to be replaced. Replacement fenders, like all parts for an ATV, are very expensive. You will also get a good idea of how the ATV has been treated, by checking the condition of the plastic. It can indicate if it was ridden hard, and it if has been well taken care of.

It is important to make sure the headlights work correctly and that both high and low beams work. Look the lens covers and make sure they are intact with no cracks or chips. Make certain the seat cover doesn’t have tears in it, or isn’t overly worn. Any replacement parts, even a seat, will probably be quite costly.

Checking the undercarriage is quite important. Since ATVs are heavy, you may need some assistance to get the front of the ATV raised in the air. Give it a close lookover, once you have it up on a lift, or on jack stands. Check the undercarriage carefully, and check the framework for any cracks or dents. Also look for signs of excessive rust.

Checking for play in the wheels is very important. Wheel bearings or ball joints need replacing, if there is a lot of play in the wheels, which again is quite expensive. Check the steering column and the handlebars for play, also. Look over the tires and wheels, checking for plugs in the tires or bent rims. Be certain the bike still has good tire rubber. Replacing tires is very expensive business.

Check the oil. Remove the dipstick and have a look at it. Make sure the oil looks clean, and isn’t thick or looks black like sludge. If it’s thick and black, you are probably going to buy yourself a pile of motor problems and repairs. Check that the air filter and air box aren’t full of dirt and dust. There might be a lot of dirt in the air chamber, if the air filter that hasn’t been cleaned or changed on a regular basis.

Shop carefully, and you will be able to get yourself a good deal on a used ATV, and it can run well for years. Just use caution and common sense when deciding on buying a bike. Try to check out everything you can possibly think of, or have a mechanic look at the bike to be sure it is a good one.

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