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Buying used is one of the best ways to get a good deal on a vehicle, especially an ATV. However, you can't be too careful. Here are some tips from our staff of experienced ATV buyers that can help you sort the peaches from the lemons.

You'll want to give the ATV's motor and electronics a thorough looking-over. Start with the engine oil -- visually inspect it for moisture, particles, and other things that shouldn't be there, and make sure that the color isn't too dark. You'll also want to get your nose in on the act by smelling the dipstick, to confirm that the oil doesn't give off a burnt odor.

Next, check the coolant -- you're looking for particles of oil in it. If you find them, it's a red flag.

Finally, confirm that all of the electronics -- headlights, tail lights, key switch, and engine shutoff -- are in working order.
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When i buy a atv used i refuse to pay what they are worth.. 1/2 to 3/4s of what they low end blue book.. Not that i do not trust you I don't trust anyone and dealers are the biggest lying *@**holes on the planet.. Unless you personally know or can substantiate the quads history its all #*&y4... So do yourself a favor buy a new one or one that has good references so to speak.. The old saying a little ole lady owned it IS *($#SH!t...
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When i buy a atv used i refuse to pay what they are worth.. 1/2 to 3/4s of what they low end blue book.. Not that i do not trust you I don't trust anyone and dealers are the biggest lying *@**holes on the planet.. Unless you personally know or can substantiate the quads history its all #*&y4... So do yourself a favor buy a new one or one that has good references so to speak.. The old saying a little ole lady owned it IS *($#SH!t...
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HAHA
I also think if your going to smell the oil for it being BRUNT< I'd be smelling for fuel in there too

I agree, buying used is more of a gamble than ever on ATV< since so many think there boats
go back 10+ yrs ago, and almost NO one ran them like they do today

so its a LOT harder tyo take anyone's word these days too, people too have changed

we live in a world where everyone seems out top screw anyone, as long as its NOT themselves??
yet this way of logic, just means everyone just s screws everyone more??

no one seems to care about there reputation anymore, just as long as they get paid, is all that seems to matter to so many

always was scammers out there always will, just the number of them is GROWING , faster than ever if you ask me!

and that's why I buy NEW< or I buy so cheap i cannot loose LOL
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When i buy a atv used i refuse to pay what they are worth.. 1/2 to 3/4s of what they low end blue book.. Not that i do not trust you I don't trust anyone and dealers are the biggest lying *@**holes on the planet.. Unless you personally know or can substantiate the quads history its all #*&y4... So do yourself a favor buy a new one or one that has good references so to speak.. The old saying a little ole lady owned it IS *($#SH!t...
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Don't I always do that lol??
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go to the thread that maybe concerns your issue ?,like the repair section ?, top left, button that reads start new thread, click that, then type in your post, then at the bottom of that window, click the post button.

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When i buy a atv used i refuse to pay what they are worth.. 1/2 to 3/4s of what they low end blue book.. Not that i do not trust you I don't trust anyone and dealers are the biggest lying *@**holes on the planet.. Unless you personally know or can substantiate the quads history its all #*&y4... So do yourself a favor buy a new one or one that has good references so to speak.. The old saying a little ole lady owned it IS *($#SH!t...
Lol for the most part very true. The 1997 Honda TRX300 2wd I just bought was purchased off of a little old lady who owns a horse farm. Her husband, who passed away 4-5years ago bought the 4 Wheeler brand new. It is still all original(tires, all warning stickers, etc) except for the added gun rack, hand shifter(which I removed immediately) and trailer receiver with insert. I have to replace the battery and I did have to rebuild the carburetor since they didn't drain the gas. It wouldn't start when I looked at it, but I took a chance and bought it anyway. I never do that, but I took a chance seeing as how the engine oil, spark plug, rear end oil all looked and smelled fine. I'll probably never do that again though because I could've been burned.

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