What are common problems associated with buying used UTVs?


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A common problem associated with buying a used UTV is not knowing the full condition of the vehicle. This makes inspecting the vehicle before purchasing it essential. Knowing who to buy it from can also help avoid a lot of the common drawbacks of buying it used.

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What are common problems associated with buying used UTVs?
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Buying from a dealer versus a private party each has pros and cons. The problems associated with private sellers is that, while they might be telling the truth about the condition of the vehicle, the only way to really know is by inspecting it. Private sellers typically only accept cash or money orders, so there aren’t financing options except a bank loan. A drawback when buying a UTV from a dealer is that it can sometimes cost more and there is no way to contact the vehicle's original owner. However, dealers may offer financing and have their own mechanics inspect the UTVs thoroughly.

Before buying the used UTV or ATV, check the fluids. Start with the engine oil, being sure it is clean and full. A dealer or private seller that has old oil or not enough oil shows lack of care for proper maintenance. Also check other fluid levels and quality, including the coolant and brake fluid. It is a good idea to take the UTV for a test ride to be sure it has a good, smooth ride. This little test drive can reveal a lot about the vehicle. Most dealers have empty spaces in their parking lots to test vehicles.

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