I made this video to show some things to look for when purchasing a used UTV. This particular one is a Yamaha Rhino but the video will be helpful when purchasing any UTV or ATV.
The biggest thing to remember is if you can fix the machine yourself, you can stand to buy one at the right price with maybe bad wheel bearings, a burnt belt, etc., especially if it's a cheap part like a wheel bearing or an axle that you can do yourself. Use these little things wrong with the machine as leverage to get the price where you want it.
- Bring cash if possible, you can always negotiate better with cash.
- Bring a good flashlight. You'll want to see in all the dark places. Something major you miss could be costly mistake.
- Start the machine up cold if possible. When I show up to buy a machine and it's either running when I get there or just turned off and the engine is still crackling, I get a little suspicious.
- Don't forget to ask for any paperwork they might have. Owners manuals, extra keys, accessories, titles, receipts for work done. All of this provides extra value and the seller may not remember to give it to you.
- Don't be afraid to pull off some plastics. Ask first of course. Would you mind if I pull the engine shrouds off so I can see everything? If they don't want to let you, they're hiding something.
- Have an idea of the NADA value of the machine before you go. This gives you sort of a start point for pricing.
- Bring an unbiased friend if possible. It's not his money and he or she will tell you what they see in it. They may hear or see something you don't.
- Read ahead on the machine and get familiar with how everything works. If you don't know how it works, it's hard to know if there is a problem or not.
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