Steel Deals - Used Utility Vehicles

Buying a used utility vehicle can save you money. It’s a good time to shop for one because there is a wealth of used machines on the market that are just a year or two old. However, there are some key things to check on a used UTV.

Dave Mowitz is the executive machinery editor for Successful Farming magazine and researches used machinery. He says you may find the specs on the UTV only lists the number of hours on it but not the mileage. You want to know both.

"The reason is, it amazed me the variety of both that I discovered. For example, I was looking at Gator XUV 835’s. I found one that had 950 hours and just a little over 3,000 miles. Another one had 850 hours and that had over 5500 miles," says Mowitz. "Significant enough number of miles there that you know, you really want to take a look at that and get both."

It’s crucial that you give it a thorough inspection. Start it up, drive it around, listen to the engine and get a feel for the transmission. Then, get down on your hands and knees and look underneath it.

"You want to look at the rock guards and the crash plates to see, have they been rammed into a lot of rocks or fenceposts or really been given a lot of abuse? This indicates how it was used. Then, look at the suspension," he says. "Not only at the shocks to see how much play there is, but also look at the A arm structure and the structure of the actual suspension itself. That structure underneath there could be bent."