Motorcycle racing, off-road vehicle racing, side-by-side vehicle racing, watercraft racing, and any other form of motorsport that can be categorised under the term "Powersports" are all enjoying what can only be called a "golden age" right now. There has never been a more exciting time to be a consumer because products are being released and improved upon at rates never before seen. Manufacturers are putting what they've learned from paying attention to customers and how those customers use their products into both current and future production. Since I have already covered ATVs, I'll move on to their more potent siblings, which can be referred to as either UTVs or Side-by-Sides, and focus on the off-road genre.
Another common name for a UTV is a side-by-side vehicle. The market for side-by-side vehicles is growing, despite the fact that many consumers do not view them as necessities. Although many people only drive their UTVs for fun and recreation, others have discovered that they can be an extremely helpful tool in their day-to-day lives. Those who live in rural areas or on farms, where the transportation of goods and equipment is necessary, are included in this category.
It doesn't matter if you're getting a UTV because you need one or because you want one; either way, you should be aware that it won't come cheap. Whether you buy it used or brand new, it's going to set you back a significant amount of your own money. Additionally, manufacturers have increased their production capacities in response to the rising demand for UTVs, allowing them to continue supplying ever-increasing quantities to the industry.
It's possible that having a wide variety of options is beneficial, but it also has the potential to bring about unintended consequences, such as making it even more difficult to determine which option would represent the best value for you to purchase. When it comes to shopping for side-by-side vehicles, here are some helpful hints to keep in mind that will make the process go more smoothly for you.
UTVs, which are also referred to as Side-By-Sides, have been all the rage for the past few years, and dealerships all over the country have reported record sales of the vehicles. And if you are one of those people who is looking to join the craze of side by side vehicles, then there are a few things that you really should know about them, so that you can know what to anticipate!
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What is Side-by-Side vs. UTV?
Without regard to their origin or intended use, all of these machines share a similar seating arrangement known as "Side-by-Side" (SxS). One of the most obvious differences between this and other types of machines is the seating. There are seats in the back, but the front seats are all in a row, rather than being spread out. No matter who made it or for what purpose, this is always the case. It is for this reason that I will continue to employ the term throughout the rest of this piece.
The SxS/UTV Market Today
There are more opportunities in today's market than there have ever been before, and all signs point to 2020 being an even bigger year. There are currently 145 different SxS models available, and the average MSRP for one of these vehicles is $16,387. There are six manufacturers of these SxS. The trick, as with any decision you face, is to narrow in on the specific solution that best fits your needs.
Knowing which one you want and, more importantly, how much or how far you want to go with it, is the challenging part. Think carefully about who you are and what you want to accomplish. When trying to hit a target as closely as possible, it is preferable to slightly overestimate rather than underestimate. Keep that in mind even if your goal is to get close.
Taking a street-legal UTV for a spin may seem like a good way to cut costs at the gas pump, but that's a common myth. Not so, as a matter of fact. Questions about whether or not the ODES UTVs we sell are legal for use on public roads are a common source of enquiry for us as UTV dealers. It's not easy to find a satisfactory answer to that question. Your riding and living conditions, rather than the UTV you drive, will determine how well it performs. Check with your local DMV whenever you have any doubts.
When explaining why a UTV is not a car, I most often bring up the difference in charging methods. The charging system of an ATV or UTV is often misunderstood to be the same as that of a car. Our past dealings with UTV owners have shown that nearly all new UTV owners will have issues with their batteries within the first year. One hundred percent of those 90% of issues are NOT battery-related.
UTVs Are Fantastic For Families
If you have a family and are interested in purchasing a side-by-side, the first thing you should know is that these vehicles are a fantastic choice. Because there are many Side-by-Sides available on the market with seating for three, four, or even six passengers, riding one of these vehicles in the great outdoors is the ideal way for anyone to spend quality time with their loved ones. It's so much fun to take the kids and my wife along for the ride!
In any case, if you are looking for an activity that the entire family can participate in together, then riding UTVs is going to be just what the doctor ordered. In this article, I went into a bit more detail about the best utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) for families; however, in the interest of keeping things to a minimum, The Polaris RZR S4 1000, the Yamaha Wolverine X4, and the Can-Am Maverick are some of the most popular models on the market for families, and they all feature four bucket seats so that you and your family can ride comfortably.
In addition, if you are considering travelling with four grownups of average size, you should know that the area behind the front seats is not a confined space that is reserved only for children. Larger individuals who ride UTVs, such as myself, will value the fact that most modern models provide a generous amount of legroom and cabin space, particularly in the rear seats.
In any case, if you have a large family or if you simply want to go on an off-roading adventure with all of your friends on board, then investing in a side-by-side vehicle is a decision that you will not come to regret at all!
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They Are Super Loud!
One of the drawbacks of UTVs, and something that I despise in particular, is the fact that they are so incredibly loud. Why is that? I mean, if you compare UTV engines to car engines, car engines are significantly larger, and they produce significantly more power; however, they do not make nearly as much noise as the typical UTV engine does.
If you want to buy a side-by-side, you have to be willing to put up with the fact that it makes a lot of noise, regardless of whether you are just letting the engine idle or revving it up to its highest setting. This is also true of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Because of the noise that they produce, a hunter who requires silence in order to avoid frightening away his prey probably shouldn't use them because they aren't a good idea.
To our great relief, there are a number of simple methods that can be utilised to hush a side-by-side. I have written a more in-depth article on the subject, but to keep this summary brief, the most effective method for reducing the amount of noise produced by a UTV is to instal an exhaust silencer. Mufflers of superior quality have been made available by businesses such as The Silent Rider to motorcyclists who yearn for a quieter riding experience.
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You Have A True Offroading Beast
My opinion is that going side by side is the most effective method for traversing a trail out of the many different ways that it can be done. The first factor to consider is the amount of ground clearance available. Everyone is aware that the frame of the typical UTV is elevated to a high position, which increases the vehicle's ground clearance and makes off-roading much simpler. There are even some manufacturers that sell off-road oriented versions of their UTVs that come equipped with even MORE ground clearance than is typical for the vehicle class.
The fact that UTVs combine comfort and capability with an open-air cabin is another one of the many reasons why these vehicles are so useful for off-roading. Riding a trail in an SUV might be more convenient and comfortable, but riding in a UTV offers a completely different experience altogether. When I do this, I get the impression that I am being over-assisted, and I feel a great deal removed from the trail itself. And as for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), while they might be just as capable off-road as side-by-side vehicles, the ride quality of ATVs is significantly less smooth than that of UTVs. Although I got my start on ATVs and continue to ride them to this day, I would not recommend them to anyone who suffers from back pain.
UTVs are vehicles that combine the comfort and size of an SUV with the capability and feel of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). When you add this to the fact that UTVs are reasonably priced, it is easy to see why they are the vehicle of choice for those who are enthusiastic about off-roading.
Types of UTVs
Utility, recreation, and performance are the three primary types of side-by-side vehicles on the market today, as was mentioned earlier. Even if some of them have a superficial understanding of other fields, they stand out from the crowd and can be identified at a glance.
The utility models were the starting point from which everything else was developed. This sort of improvement work aims to raise both the payload and towing capacities. Aside from the numerous compartments dotted about the cabin, the cargo holds typically offer more storage space. Wide bench seating for three people is another distinguishing feature, and it's available both up front and in the back.
Various optional attachments, such as snowplows, fully enclosed cabs with glass windows, climate control, heating and cooling systems, and more, can be easily mounted on utility SxSs. Racks for holding long hand tools like shovels and pickaxes, fluid tanks for sprayer systems, and similar items are often made possible by the use of proprietary attachment points. You can sometimes spot a fence separating the agricultural sector from the far reaches of the market for utility SxS and aftermarket products.
On the other side of that fence is where the John Deere, Kubota, and Ingersoll-Rand products are still stored. Although similar to tractors, the latter machine is equipped with a hydraulic system and frontal attachment points for loader attachments like forks or buckets. Machines used in this section of our pasture are more akin to workhorses than true oxen.
Recreation follows naturally; it has some parallels to utility models, but it achieves a more natural equilibrium between work and play. Here, the usual three-wide bench seating gives way to more supportive bucket seats, which are especially useful at high speeds or sharp turns. Recreational vehicles typically have rear seating that is either fixed in place or, more recently, convertible, meaning that it can be folded down into the floor of the cargo box when not in use. Rollover Protection Systems will safeguard all seating areas (ROPS).
The OEM standard on these makes and models is half doors. Minor concessions have been made in this area so that passengers can experience more comfortable rides or the vehicle can navigate more difficult terrain, but the vehicle can still transport respectable payloads. An excellent example of the adage "jack of all trades, master of none" is recreational side-by-side vehicles. Most people who buy recreational vehicles believe that they are the happy medium between the brusqueness of utility vehicles and the insanity of performance vehicles.
Now we can discuss the newest segment of the SxS industry as well as the fastest-growing: performance models. Most of the others don't seem as focused as these do. Even within this rapidly growing market, there are a select few models that are designed specifically for certain terrains, to the point where it almost feels counterintuitive to operate them in settings other than those in which they thrive. The models that are built with mud in mind are a great illustration of this. In contrast, most people are just looking for the highest possible specifications to take on the toughest terrain.
Trailer hitches are not standard on these models, and there is a limited selection of storage compartments. In most performance cars, the back seats double as glorified shelves without a tailgate, and the limited space that is available is usually taken up in part by a radiator or other air intake components. To carry cargo while driving a high-performance car, one must either purchase OEM accessories or make alterations to the vehicle themselves.
Because of their enormous suspensions, which make the vehicles wider and make room for larger tyres, performance models are easily distinguished from the other options. You need bigger engines, and most of those today are turbocharged, to drive them. The majority of these models have power ratings that exceed 100 horsepower. It's possible that in a few years' time, performance SxS vehicles will catch up to the suspension travel of Baja racers, making the former obsolete. Suspension travel numbers are almost on a foot-by-foot scale.
We've covered the state of the market and the various SxS categories and uses; now let's get down to brass tacks and answer the most pressing question: which are the top SxS for 2019? We discuss seven of the most popular SxS manufacturers, including Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki, and Yamaha.
What Is The Best Time To Buy an ATV or UTV?
The time right before or during the release of the new models for the following year is the best time to purchase an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). If this is the case, then the months of May and June constitute the ideal time of year to purchase an all-terrain vehicle.
The same holds true for purchasing a Side by Side (UTV), the optimal time being immediately prior to or during the launch of new models.
The best rebates and warranty deals of the year are typically reserved for the time of year when a manufacturer releases new models for the following year. The dealership is hoping to clear out their inventory of models from the previous year in order to place additional orders for the models for the following year.
Then, strangely enough, I have noticed that during the middle of the ATV season, there are significant price reductions and extended warranties available. There might be one model that does particularly poorly over the course of the season; in that case, the manufacturer might offer rebates on that model.
Can You Negotiate with ATV Dealers?
If you want to get the best deal possible, you should avoid going to the dealership unless you want to sit on the ATV, test ride it, or buy it. Other reasons to visit the dealership include:
You will need to send an email to three to five of the closest dealers to you when you have the prices from everyone else so that you can get the most accurate and competitive quote. Send an email to the two best prices, tell them they're in competition for your business, and ask them what they can do for you to better their offer.
It is important to keep in mind that while the lowest price is always desirable, the dealership that can provide you with the most bang for your buck is even more desirable. I've seen dealerships offer ATVs at a low price but charge a lot for installation, and I've seen dealerships offer ATVs at a high price but offer free installation. Both of these scenarios are common. It's a give-and-take situation, and the dealership that can GIVE the most comes out on top. It's not always about who has the lowest price; it comes down to who can give the most.
Bear in mind that I have seen some dealerships say one thing in an email but do another completely different thing. Because of this, it is essential to exercise sound judgement and comparison shop at all of the retailers that are located in close proximity to you. If a particular dealership's advertised price is absurdly low, it is a red flag that something is amiss; this dealership probably likes to play games, so you should steer clear of them. The same can be said for way excessively. If it doesn't sit well with you at the time, it probably shouldn't.
General buying advice for ATVs and UTVs
- Make research.
- Keep an eye out for manufacturer and dealer incentives.
- Check out the lenders' and dealers' monthly finance rates.
- Before going to the dealership, find the car you want and get a price. A great starting point is the Progressive Outdoor Vehicle Buying Program.
- Recall to take insurance.
- Perform an inspection if it's used so you'll know what you're purchasing.
- Ensure you have the necessary licences.
You should now feel comfortable moving forwards with the purchase of ATVs and UTVs. Whether you're looking for an ATV for recreational use, solo trail riding, or a UTV for specialised farm work, it's important to remember to shop around for manufacturer incentives, insurance, and financing to ensure that you're happy with your purchase. When you take these steps, you'll get much more use out of your investment. Enjoy yourself and ride safely!
If you're a fan of UTVs or just someone who could use one, the day you decide to buy another one will be one of the best of your life. You'll have to endure the arduous task of picking through the available options on the market before you can experience the joys of owning a new UTV. Time is needed for this procedure.
This way, you'll know that the UTV you're buying is the best possible fit for your needs and wants. If you don't, you might end up buying something that goes against your principles. Relax, give the purchase some thought, and keep these pointers in mind. You'll then be pointed in the direction of the right side-by-side vehicle.
There has never been a better time to be a powersports enthusiast than right now. There has never been a faster rate of product development and improvement. Even though few people consider them necessities, the market for side-by-side vehicles is expanding. Standard Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the wide variety of SxS models available is $16,387. As with any choice, the key is to zero in on the option that is most tailored to your circumstances.
Examine your identity and your goals with great care. If you have kids of your own, a UTV is a great option. Family outings are more fun with a side-by-side that seats three, four, or six people. Family-friendly options include the Polaris RZR S4 1000, Yamaha Wolverine X4, and Can-Am Maverick. Most newer vehicles have plenty of space inside, especially in the back seats.
You should also know that the space behind the front seats is not a cramped storage area for children if you plan on taking four average-sized adults along for the ride. UTVs are vehicles that successfully merge the best features of SUVs and ATVs (ATV). The typical UTV has a raised frame, which improves the vehicle's ground clearance and makes it easier to navigate rough terrain. In the best tradition of the adage "jack of all trades, master of none," side-by-side vehicles are a perfect illustration of this maxim. Most RV buyers think of their purchase as striking a balance between practical transportation and thrilling driving dynamics.
When travelling at high speeds, the usual three-wide bench seats are replaced by the more supportive bucket seats. You should buy an ATV or UTV in May or June of this year. Some of the best known names in SxS production are Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki, and Yamaha. High-performance vehicles are designed to handle mud and rough terrain and feature larger engines. Is it Possible to Bargain with ATV Dealers?
The best way to get the lowest price on an ATV is to not go to the dealership at all unless you absolutely need a test drive. Sometimes the most generous offer wins out over the lowest price. It is important to compare manufacturer incentives, insurance, and financing options when purchasing an ATV for recreational use, solo trail riding, or a UTV for specialised farm work. You should be suspicious of a dealership whose advertised price seems suspiciously low.
- Motorcycle racing, off-road vehicle racing, side-by-side vehicle racing, watercraft racing, and any other form of motorsport that can be categorised under the term "Powersports" are all enjoying what can only be called a "golden age" right now.
- Another common name for a UTV is a side-by-side vehicle.
- The market for side-by-side vehicles is growing, despite the fact that many consumers do not view them as necessities.
- When it comes to shopping for side-by-side vehicles, here are some helpful hints to keep in mind that will make the process go more smoothly for you.
- There are seats in the back, but the front seats are all in a row, rather than being spread out.
- In this article, I went into a bit more detail about the best utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) for families; however, in the interest of keeping things to a minimum, The Polaris RZR S4 1000, the Yamaha Wolverine X4, and the Can-Am Maverick are some of the most popular models on the market for families, and they all feature four bucket seats so that you and your family can ride comfortably.
- In any case, if you have a large family or if you simply want to go on an off-roading adventure with all of your friends on board, then investing in a side-by-side vehicle is a decision that you will not come to regret at all!In the event that you are in need of a vehicle service, a replacement part, or any other type of vehicle maintenance, the service team at Ridgeback Service Bodies can assist you with all of your requirements.
- UTVs are vehicles that combine the comfort and size of an SUV with the capability and feel of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV).
- You can sometimes spot a fence separating the agricultural sector from the far reaches of the market for utility SxS and aftermarket products.
- An excellent example of the adage "jack of all trades, master of none" is recreational side-by-side vehicles.
- Now we can discuss the newest segment of the SxS industry as well as the fastest-growing: performance models.
- We discuss seven of the most popular SxS manufacturers, including Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki, and Yamaha.
- The best rebates and warranty deals of the year are typically reserved for the time of year when a manufacturer releases new models for the following year.
- If you want to get the best deal possible, you should avoid going to the dealership unless you want to sit on the ATV, test ride it, or buy it.
- It's a give-and-take situation, and the dealership that can GIVE the most comes out on top.
- Before going to the dealership, find the car you want and get a price.
FAQs About Buying UTV
Buying a recreational vehicle is not like buying a car. The financing is completely different. To finance one, you will have to have excellent credit. They are considered a recreational vehicles, so many lenders won't extend credit for their purchase unless you have a well-established credit history.
In the past couple of years, the demand for recreation and work off-road vehicles has increased. However, pandemic-related disruptions have caused an ongoing shortage of new inventory. With low supply and high demand, the value of used four-wheelers and side-by-sides has increased significantly.
To help ease the shopping process for you, here are some tips to keep in mind, when buying side-by-side vehicles.
- Take the UTV out for a test ride.
- Check the driveline.
- Be wary of deceptive sellers.
- Check the oil.
- Be wary of a low or dirty coolant.
- Check the gas tank.
- Inspect the tires.
- Inspect the frame.
UTV—The Most Fun Vehicle. Due to their smaller size, ATVs can maneuver through tighter spaces. This makes it easy to go off the path for rougher riding. Their small build makes them more popular in racing because they're better suited for jumps and tight cornering.
On average, the range of a UTV with a full tank of fuel is 200 miles. This number is based on the average tank size of a UTV, around 10 gallons, but you can easily calculate the value based on the model you are interested in.