When buying your first all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or off-road vehicle (ORV) or upgrading your current model, there's a lot to consider. From budget to accessories and training, we'll help you sort through the specifics before you buy.
Before diving into that big purchase, do your research and know what you're getting into. There's a lot to consider, so ask yourself these key questions before you hit the showroom floor.
- What's your budget? A new ATV or ORV can cost anywhere from $2,800 to $8,000 and up-and that's not counting extras like insurance, gear, and accessories.
- Who will be riding? Remember that these vehicles are designed for riders of specific age and size ranges. The "minimum age label" posted on each vehicle provides guidelines for age and size requirements.
- How will you use the vehicle? ATVs and ORVs come in several primary categories that are optimized for specific uses. Basic categories include 3-wheelers, 4-wheelers, 6-wheelers, dune buggies, golf carts, sand rail ATVs, and work/utility ATVs.
Other considerations include engine size, top speed, weight, starter type (electric, kick, or pull), and clutch type (hand or foot). In short, it pays to do your homework and "know before you go," so hop online or ask a few enthusiasts for advice and recommendations. Enthusiast magazines and websites offer tips on key features, product reviews, and comparison information to help you make an informed decision.
There's more to it than just your budget, so consider your options before you hit the showroom floor.
Some dealers offer certified used vehicles. These all-terrain vehicles or off-road vehicle will probably cost less than a new ride and may come with a limited warranty or a service contract.
Whatever your decision, make sure you fit the ATV or ORV and vice-versa. Strap on your helmet and gear and take that baby for a test drive before you buy.
Many people assume their homeowners insurance covers their all-terrain vehicle or off-road vehicle, but that may not necessarily be the case. Talk to your insurance agent about specialized ATV and ORV insurance designed to cover things like accidents, theft, and liability.
Don't forget to budget for all the extras you may need to complete your ATV or ORV experience. Whether for safety gear or all the bells and whistles, you'll probably want to buy add-ons and accessories. First and foremost, make sure you have the necessary safety gear before you ride. Other considerations include a trailer, racks, guards, sun shields, storage covers, extra lights, riding lessons, service contracts, and extended warranties
Once you've bought your ATV and all the extras, you're ready to rol...right? Not so fast. Take a few minutes to review these important safety considerations before you hit the trail.
According to ATVSafety.gov, there are 6 primary rules to follow when riding an ATV:
Train First, Ride Second
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), drivers with no formal training have a higher risk of injury than drivers who've received formal, hands-on training.
Protection Every Time
For 2009, the CPSC reports that there were 309 ATV-related deaths and an estimated 131,900 injuries requiring emergency room treatment. The CPSC recommends that ATV riders purchase a motorcycle or other motorized sports helmet that is certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation. Other important safety gear includes over-the-ankle boots, goggles, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt to protect against cuts, abrasions, and other injuries from rocks, trees, and other debris.
Think Twice About Passengers
Although some ATVs are specifically designed to carry both a rider and passenger, most ATVs are designed to carry only one person. Because safe driving requires that drivers shift their weight freely in all directions, the CPSC recommends that riders go it alone, noting that passengers can make it difficult for drivers to control the ATV.
Keep It Off-Road
ATVs are designed to be driven off-road and can be difficult to control on paved roads. Riding off-road can also prevent collisions with cars and other vehicles.
Never Let a Child Drive an Adult ATV
According to the CPSC, most child-related ATV or ORV injuries and deaths occur when a child is driving or riding on an adult all-terrain vehicle or off-road vehicle.
Never Drink and Ride
Alcohol and drugs impair reaction time and judgment, and can be a deadly mix with ATV riding.
Allstate has a policy designed to help protect your all-terrain vehicle or off-road vehicle. To find out more, talk to your local Allstate agent or call us at 1-866-678-1048 for a free no-obligation quote.