When you’re in the market for a new UTV, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities. What are the best brands? Where are the best deals? How do you know if you’re making the right decision? Here are just a few things to keep in mind as you shop for a side-by-side.
First things first: How much can you afford to spend on your UTV? Don’t forget that the listed price of the vehicle will only be part of your final bill. You’ll also need to pay for delivery, maintenance, insurance, fuel and any extra UTV parts you may need.
From Kawasaki to John Deere to Arctic Cat, there are many, many UTV brands on the market. Contrary to what they claim, however, no single brand is the best for everyone. What perfectly suits your neighbor’s needs might be completely useless to you personally. You’ll want to do your research to figure out which manufacturer is right for your own budget and lifestyle.
Speaking of needs, it’s important to think about them during your shopping trip. Are you looking for a workhorse UTV to haul firewood through snow and ice? Or do you want a speedy UTV to race around the track on a Saturday night? Make sure you’re browsing the right vehicle for your needs. For example, if you’re a big off-roader, you’ll want to look at off-roading UTVs.
You should never buy anything without a warranty, but this is especially true for UTVs. Not only will you waste thousands of dollars if you choose wrong, but you might also wind up stranded in the middle of a forest or sand dune. Be sure to get insurance or a vehicle warranty before you take home your new UTV.
What do previous buyers have to say about the vehicle? If it comes with a well-known defect or breaks down after a certain number of miles, that’s something you’ll want to know in advance. Check out third-party reviews that aren’t listed as testimonials on the manufacturer’s website.
These are just a few important considerations when you’re in the market for a side-by-side. Whatever you do, resist the urge to buy the first UTV you see. Compare and contrast to make sure it’s a choice that you won’t regret.