Finding the cheapest four wheelers for sale, whether you need to keep it under 100 dollars or 1,000 dollars, new or used, is very possible, if you know how to search for the best deals possible.  Some manufacturers simply offer the lowest ATV prices on their new models, so you have to know which ones to search for if you want to save money.  In addition, since ATV’s come in all shapes and sizes, you also have to know which ones are likely to provide the best prices and cheapest four wheelers for sale.

Manufacturers of the Cheapest Four Wheelers for Kids and Adults

Assuming you are looking to buy brand new, the Chinese quads are going to be your best bet for keeping it under 500 dollars or even 1,500 dollars.  The list below are some of the makers you might want to check out.


Giovanni:  Without a doubt, the cheapest is Giovanni.  Unfortunately, the company doesn’t ship outside of Canada, so Canadians are the only ones that can take advantage of a brand new, Canadian made four wheeler under 200 dollars.

Kazuma:  China four wheelers pretty much took off from the efforts of Kazuma, which took advantage of expired Honda patents to manufacture good quality 50cc and 110cc motors.  For new kids ATV’s cheap, you will not find many that can compare in quality to Kazuma.

BMS:  They have been around for many years now and are gaining in popularity.  You can find good bargains from this brand, especially if you are looking for youth quads for sale.

TaoTao:  The price is low, but they make a really nice looking quad for kids.  You can find them under 400 dollars brand new, if you search around for them.  Finding parts for these China quads is possible.

Jetmoto:  If you want a small and inexpensive 4 wheeler, Jetmoto is a good option.  They have youth, teenager, and adult units available for sale from several vendors.

Coolster:  This is one of the newer manufacturers, but they have been around for a few years and are gaining popularity.  Coolster four wheelers have sleek designs and decent quality.


Cheapest Major Brand ATV’s for Kids

If you are looking to buy new, but don’t want to spend a ton of money, you can eliminate Honda, Yamaha, and Can-Am from your list, as they all will run over $2,000 for a new model.  If you can a Suzuki Z90, you can get them a little bit cheaper.  The Arctic Cat Youth 90 cc is also a good option.

With all brands, however, your best bet is probably going to be buying new, non-current kids four wheelers.  I purchased a two year old Arctic Cat 50cc Utility model about 4 years ago for about $1,000.  I can assure you, that is much cheaper than it would have been otherwise.  In fact, it was almost 40% off.

Least Expensive Major Brand Adult Quads

Entry level four wheelers are the cheapest when are shopping for bargains.  The Suzuki Ozark, Can-Am DS 250, and Yamaha Raptor 250 are all priced relatively reasonably.  The Polaris Trailblazer is also priced pretty well and features a 330cc 4 stroke engine. 

The main thing you have to keep in mind if you are shopping new is that smaller engines, equal less money, at least for the most part.  All major makers will have some entry level four wheelers for sale at very good prices.

If you are looking for a 4x4 model, I would suggest either the Polaris 400 HO, 500 HO, or the Yamaha Big Bear.  All are priced reasonably, and you can sometimes find the Polaris 400 4x4 for under $5,000 new.

Tips for Buying Used 4 Wheelers for Sale

Since people on a budget generally cannot afford to buy a new quad, going used might be the best option to consider.  If you decide to do something like this, you will have to do your shopping strategically, so you get the best deals possible.

Older Models:  You’ll find a good, old Honda or Yamaha can seemingly run forever and be purchased at very reasonable prices.  In many garage, surrounded by six other four wheelers, a mini bike, gas scooter, and go kart is a 1988 Yamaha Moto4 225 that has thousands and thousands of miles, but runs like a champ.  I would take this quad out on a 500 mile trip and not think twice about it. Yet, if I was to sell it, I would be lucky to get $1,200 for it.  They are out there.

Sport Quads:  Older sport quads, like the Honda EX300 or EX400 can be purchased pretty cheap these days, many times well under 1500 dollars.  You will find they are a good option.  Other sport models, like the late 1980’s Polaris Trailblazer models, even in a 250cc, can keep up with bigger ATV’s, due at least in part to their snappy 2 stroke motors.

2 Wheel Drive:  Unless you want to go out mudding or you plan to plow (which you might be able to do without 4x4 on a small driveway), there’s a pretty good chance you can get by with two wheel drive.  I can take my old Moto4 two wheel drive though about a foot of fluffy snow without too much trouble.  For general trail riding, you’ll get more bang for your buck, since they are the cheapest out there.

4 Stroke or 2 Stroke:  4 strokes have been around much longer than people realize. In 1983, the Honda Big Red 200x was a 4 stroke.  2’s are snappier and noisier, but 4’s will last longer and use less fuel.  This is personal preference, although 2 strokes are generally the cheapest.

Three Wheelers:  Why not?  If you are just looking to drive around on the trails, you might be able to find one of these for well under 300 dollars.  The old 110cc ATC isn’t very fast or powerful, but it is a lot of fun to ride on the trails.  The old 250r, by contrast, can keep up with a 500cc utility model.

As you look for the cheapest four wheelers for sale, you will have plenty to consider.

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