All-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles are popular recreational tools, especially in North America. In three months (between January and March of 2017), over 40,000 ATV’s were sold in the United States and the United States and Canada makes up the majority of snowmobiles sold globally. There were almost 120,000 snowmobiles sold last year; over 50,000 of those were sold in the United States and almost 45,000 were sold in Canada. There are over one million snowmobiles that are registered in the United States and over 600,000 in Canada. However, there’s plenty involved with handling an ATV or snowmobile safely and we’ve included some tips to follow when going to ATV dealers or snowmobile dealers. Knowing what to look for and how to handle these vehicles properly is imperative.
Why are ATV’s and Snowmobiles So Popular?
ATV’s and snowmobiles look cool and give off an aura of someone who can handle the outdoors and be tough. Part of their draw is certainly the aura they lend someone. It’s also likely that the ATV and snowmobile culture helps too. If you grow up in an area where they’re big and pretty much everyone you know has one and spends their recreational time on them together, chances are you’ll want one too.
They’re also a great way to explore the land around you and spend time outside. You can get much further on an ATV or snowmobile than you can on foot and you can go places in these vehicles that you couldn’t in a car or a truck.
Plus, the thrill and adrenaline rush an ATV or snowmobile can bring is an addictive quality and one that will have you returning again and again for a ride.
What’s Involved in Owning and Handling an ATV or Snowmobile?
You should definitely check your state’s requirements — some may require you to have a special license for an ATV. You can usually handle everything through your local DMV. You’ll probably need to bring a title, signed application, bill of sale, vehicle identification number, proof of insurance, as well as whatever fee is charged to apply.
It’s important to note that ATV’s are generally not meant to be ridden on highways — they’re meant to be off-road vehicles and riding age-appropriate ATV’s and following passenger limits is important. Only riding on designated trails is advised, as is taking a safety course and following all instructions.
Similarly to an ATV, you should check your state requirements, since they can differ depending on where you live. Almost all will require you to have a registration and some legally require you to wear a helmet and forbid you from driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. Proof of ownership, bill of sale, and and an application fee are all required at registration.
Always inspect your snowmobile before getting on, especially if it’s the first ride of the season. Carrying an emergency and personal items kit is always advised, as is knowing how much fuel and oil you have before setting off. Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Again, a safety course is usually advised before your first trip.
What Should I Know When I Visit ATV Dealers?
Whether you’re shopping at ATV dealers for a new or used ATV, you should always do a couple things. Do your research before you go — know what you’re looking for and what you’ll use it for, so you’re knowledgeable when talking to ATV dealers. Always take it for a test ride (especially if it’s used). If it’s used, check the vehicle identification number to make sure there’s no issues with its history and see if a mechanic can verify it’s good to go. You should also always have a bill of sale when you walk out the door.
Whether you’re looking for a snowmobile for sale or an ATV, checking with certified dealers first is almost always the way to go. Know your stuff before you go and be sure to remember that safety comes first, in all scenarios.