Four wheeling as a hobby can be relatively expensive, but there are ways to reduce the cost so you can get out on the trails.
ATV rental is one way to start four wheeling without a big initial investment. A good rental company will also cover all maintenance expenses and they usually have qualified technicians on their staff to do the work. You may want to shop around and also check out reviews online. It might be better to pay a little more to rent from a good company rather than going with the cheap guys who leave you hanging and provide poor equipment.
If you plan on doing a lot of four wheeling, then it may be time to start looking at purchasing your own vehicles. You first inclination might be to purchase a new ATV from a dealer and that is not a bad idea if you can afford it, but you should also consider looking for a used model. Buying used can save you hundreds of dollars. Here are some tips for buying used:
- Look for a model that is only 2 or 3 years old. It is less likely to have mechanical problems or safety issues.
- Have an ATV mechanic who you trust check it out for you. An expert can give you a much better assessment of the vehicle than a simple eyeball test can provide.
- Consider buying a used model from a dealer who can do repairs and who will warranty the product for you. That way you don’t get left holding the bag if something goes wrong as soon as you take it out.
- Don’t buy from a seller who isn’t accessible or responsive to your questions. If he or she won’t respond to you now, what will happen if there is an issue during the process of the sale?
- Evaluate your own mechanic skills. If you are handy, you may be able to do some repair work yourself and save a bundle in the process