If you are looking for a new toy for your kid, you will be glad to know that you can find cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars in a whole slew of places. While you shouldn't expect to get a top of the line new Honda or Yamaha for that price, you will be able to find an atv your kid will love for several years to come. Of course, when you get cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars, there are some things you will want to look out for, and certain places you will want to focus your attention. Let's take a look at both things.
Where to look:
No real big secret here, there are plenty of places you can find cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars online. There are tons of dealers out there to choose from with a good online presence. If you do decide to purchase from one of these online dealers, you will want to make sure you do a little investigation. A simple search on any search engine will yield tons of results.
Online auctions, like eBay, are a great place to find decent cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars. You will find that there are many different Chinese atv's out there to choose from, and you will quickly notice that parts are readily available as well. It's probably best to compare the sellers, to make sure you buy from a trusted member of the eBay community.
You may be able to find some cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars locally. It seems that more and more independent atv sales dealerships are carrying a line of Chinese Atv's. The low price seems to be very attractive to most buyers, especially given the current state of the economy. For some, buying locally is a much more attractive option. If you should have problems with your Chinese atv, you have someone to talk to, in person, and at least some increased sense of security. Local dealers are good place to get cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars.
Perhaps the best option is Amazon. You can buy four wheelers cheap online. Multiple manufacturers are represented, so you'll have some options.
What To Look For:
Look and compare the warranties of cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars, but don't expect the world. Generally speaking, you get a warranty of 90 days or less on parts only, not labor, at least through the online sellers. While this falls way short of the warranties offered on the major atv brands, it is pretty standard. If you are mechanically inclined, or have a good buddy that is, it may not be a problem.
Some of the cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars will claim to have parts that are interchangeable with Honda or another major brand. This may be the case, but it may not. Many of the major atv brands allowed their patents to expire several years ago, opening the door for the Chinese atv market to copy the engines. Those little 110cc quads you see are basically a clone of the old Honda 110 three wheeler engine. You still see some of those around, they were built very well. Honda used a higher grade metal on their engines, perhaps more of a sign of the times than anything. The cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars use a metal that seems to resemble that used for a frying pan. Still, the parts may very well be interchangeable on most off brand ATV's.
If you look at cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars for a youngster, you must pay special attention to the wheelbase. A narrow wheelbase can cause the machine to tip, making it dangerous for the little one.Generally speaking, a Chinese atv wheelbase will be narrower than that of a major brand. If you consider one of these units, you will want to pay close attention to this, keeping safety in mind.
Make sure the physical size of the atv is right. Many of the cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars are physically very small. Some have a 110cc engine, but are much smaller physically than the major brand 50cc models. On the flip side, some of the 110cc quads are about 3/4 the size of an adult atv. You will really need to pay special attention to sizing.
Some states have strict laws about what size atv a child can ride. Generally speaking, they are very general laws that limit the size of the engine. Some of the laws are a joke. My son, at 11 years old, is 5'3, broad shouldered, and weighs 150 pounds. The idea that he can ride a tiny 50cc atv is nothing short of laughable. Still, the laws are there to protect the kids. If you purchase cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars, you will need to pay special attention to this.
Are They Worth It?
If you buy cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars, or 500, or 700, you certainly assume more risk than you would with a major brand. Still, for some the pure economic factor is more than enough to outweigh any risk.
Consider this: If you purchase a Chinese quad, perhaps a Kazuma ATV, for $600 and use it for a couple of years, you likely still be able to sell it for $300-$400. This means you will have lost up to $300 for the use of the atv. If you purchase a new major brand, like Honda or Yamaha, you will pay AT LEAST $2,000 and likely be able to sell it for around $1200 a couple of years down the road. This makes the cost of use $800. So when people bring up resale value, keep this in mind. This means those cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars have a better resale value, at least in terms of percentages.
I own a total of 5 quads between myself, my wife, and the kids. I purchased cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars, and have been very lucky to have no real major issues. I we also own Yamaha and Arctic Cat, again without any problems. I know I can sell my off brand Chinese quads, but I see no reason, they run great. Just like anything else, there are lemons and there are gems. If you do your homework, even cheap four wheelers under 600 dollars can be gems. Sure there's some luck involved, but at that price you almost can't go wrong.