All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are quite popular in the United States, attracting more than a quarter of a million buyers every year. As you can choose from various types of ATVs offered by different manufacturers, it is important to know a few things before you take your pick from our salvage vehicle auctions. To help ensure you make the right investment, in this blog, we’re sharing five golden tips for buying an all-terrain vehicle. Read on.

1. Think safety first

It is always important to place safety first when planning to buy an ATV. Between 300 and 400 ATV deaths occur in the US every year. Despite not being designed for use on roads, more places continue to legally allow them to drive alongside other vehicles. That is why it is important to learn how to safely operate an ATV before buying one or taking it on the road. You can enroll in safety training courses such as those offered by the ATV Safety Institute.

2. Keep the primary user in mind

When looking to buy an ATV, you should always keep the age and experience of the primary user in mind. You must aim to match the features of an ATV with the primary rider for a good riding experience. This is because ATVs are available in many shapes and sizes. You can find ATVs for all age groups and experience levels whether you are shopping for a rider as young as 6 or an adult. Our Buyer Services team can help you choose the best ATV in our salvage vehicle auctions that feature many options for young riders, adult beginners, and riders with power sports equipment experience.

3. Consider how the ATV will be used

The intended use of an ATV is an important consideration. ATVs are either sports or utility, with sports quads being designed for recreational or high-performance riding while utility options come with 4WD allowing them to tow, carry loads, plow, and many other tasks. You will also need to be clear on the number of riders the ATV will need to carry.

4. Choose between pedal and handlebar controls

While most traditional two-seater ATVs feature handlebar controls, new options such as the Polaris ACE can only accommodate a single rider and feature a steering wheel and pedal controls. Consider the pros and cons of the two different design options to identify one that meets your needs.

5. Keep in mind the terrain you will use

Your choice of ATV is also influenced by the terrain on which you will be riding. You may have to pick different options for steep hills, hard-packed trails, sand, and mud. Such a consideration will help you know whether you need to go for a regular 2WD, a 4WD with enhanced traction, and electronic power steering.

Last Word

AutoBidMasters salvage vehicle auctions run throughout the year and feature many salvage ATVs for sale to choose from. Bidding is easy and you can start participating immediately after registering in a few easy steps. Register today or talk to our Buyer Services team to get answers to all your questions about available deals on salvage ATVs for sale. Just call +1 (503) 298-4300, Mon to Fri, 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT-8:00) or email

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