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Shopping For A Cheap Atv?

By: M. Xavier

No doubt about it, ATV's, or quads as they're also known, can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. When shopping for cheap ATVs make sure that you're not sacrificing quality and safety for the sake of a few bucks.

Some people pay more than twenty thousand dollars for their ATVs, equipment, and accessories and add-ons. That doesn't mean you have to, and as a matter of fact, ATVing doesn't have to be expensive. Comparative shopping, know what you want, and then going on an ATVS for cheap hunt is the best way to get started.

Keep in mind that in addition to the ATV or quad you choose, you'll also need something to haul it in if you don't own a truck. You'll also most likely need, or want, accessories and tools and supplies for the upkeep and maintenance of your ATV. Riding gear can also be an extra and necessary expense, so by the time most people start shopping for a particular type of ATVs for cheap, they want just that: cheap.

What you spend on your ATV will depend on what you're riding for. Are you intending your ATV to be used primarily for pleasure, seasonal hunting expeditions, or are you thinking of entering races and cross-country competitions? If you're wanting to ATV for pleasure, then a model without a bunch of extra bells and whistles will suit your needs. Otherwise, hold onto your hat and be prepared to take a hit in your wallet.

The cost of your ATV will depend on the size of the machine you're looking for, in addition to tire size. Many cheap ATVs can be had for less than $1500, though many will be in the $2,000 to $3,000 dollar range. Watch your newspaper and the Internet for sales and clearance blowouts to help keep expenditures in check. If you're shopping for more than one ATV, you might find a deal and score cheaper ATVs when buying two to four models at a time.

Hydraulic shocks, brand and size of tires, automatic starts, manual or automatic transmissions and automatic engine shut-offs all cost money, but don't sacrifice safety and convenience for the sake of a hundred dollars. To get the most out of your ATV, it pays to think ahead.

Carrying capacity, in addition to bumper guards, grills and other options will affect your price range as well. Frame size, width and materials will also determine the cost of your machine, and knowing what type of machine is good for each particular ATV is important so that you obtain the quad that will suit your skills and needs.

Shop for comfort as well as price, as it won't matter a bit if you save thousands of dollars when no one wants to ride your ATV because they're so uncomfortable. Buying ATVs for cheap is possible when you do your homework ahead of time and know roughly what you're looking for before you hit the first showroom. Remember to think safety first, buy smart and then go out and have yourselves some fun!

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