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The Pros and Cons of Buying New vs. Used

If you’re thinking about purchasing your first ATV or UTV, or adding an additional off-road vehicle to your lineup, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is if you want a new or a used unit. There are perks to both, but you want to be knowledgeable about the pluses and minuses of each option when you make your final decision. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of things to consider in four key categories so you can really weigh the pros and cons. 


No matter if you’re looking at a four-wheeler or side-by-side, a new off-road vehicle can be expensive. To be more specific, the average new ATV costs just over $7,000 and new UTVs run anywhere from $10,000 – $30,000 depending on the features you’re interested in. Don’t get us wrong, we think these units are worth every penny, but if cost is a concern, opting for a used unit might be the way to go. By comparison, both used ATVs and UTVs can start at around $3,500, though used UTVs can still go up to over $20,000 depending on the unit. 


One big perk of a new ATV or UTV is the warranty. Typically new units come with at least 6 months worth of a factory warranty, giving you some peace of mind that if anything’s wrong with your machine, the manufacturer will provide some support. You also have the option to purchase an extended warranty if you want longer coverage. Used units don’t come with either a factory or extended warranty, unless it’s transferred from the previous owner, leaving you with little to no protection on your unit’s performance. However, there are some third-party warranty companies that will provide coverage for your used unit for a fee, but they can be few and far in between. If a warranty is really important to you, we’d recommend you consider a new unit. 


With a new four-wheeler or side-by-side, everything is (in theory) perfect. Every component is in top condition and works as it should, and should stay that way for quite some time after you make the purchase. With a used unit, however, there could be more maintenance costs that pop up unexpectedly, so you want to make sure you have the cash to cover possible issues down the road. If you’re considering a used unit, you want to be sure it’s in good shape when you purchase it. If you don’t think you’d be able to spot potential problems yourself, ask if the seller would consider letting you have the unit looked at by a dealer or mechanic. The goal is to protect yourself from large maintenance bills right after purchase.


If you’re planning to customize your ATV or UTV from hubs to handlebars, a used unit might be a better choice because you could opt to purchase a lower-priced unit and make upgrades and customizations from there. Think about the features that are on your “must-have” list and then compare that list with the new units that are available on the market. Can you find a new unit within your price range with all the bells and whistles you’d like to have? If not, a used unit that you can upgrade may be the way to go. 

Conclusion: Any time you’re adding a new four-wheeler or side-by-side to your life, it’s a good decision. However, you do need to divide whether a new unit or a used unit would work better for your lifestyle. As you start your search, make sure to check out for the largest selection of new and used ATV and UTV units across the country and follow the ATV Trader blog for more helpful tips and tricks.


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Ethan Smith
Ethan Smith
is the Content Manager at Trader Interactive, managing marketing content development for ATV Trader, Commercial Truck Trader, Cycle Trader, Equipment Trader, RV Trader, and more. Ethan believes in using accessible language to elevate conversations about industry topics relevant to marketplace buyers and sellers.

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