8 Tips for Buying and Restoring an ATV Fixer Upper

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If you are planning on buying a used ATV to fix up, you may need to know the damages to expect. You first need to know what to look for before purchasing. However, the following tips for buying and restoring an ATV fixer-upper will guide you.

Furthermore, buying a fixer-upper ATV might be a good opportunity to recreate a new ATV of your dreams. Moreover, an ATV is worth bringing back to life, considering the fun and adventure it can bring to your life.

So, let’s check the below eight tips for buying and restoring an ATV fixer-upper.

Tips for Buying and Restoring an ATV Fixer Upper

1. Create Your Wish List

Creating your wish list means identifying the ideal ATV vehicle you wish to have in terms of accessories, add-ons, and model. So, before purchasing one, clearly understand what you want.

Furthermore, you need to know the purpose the ATV vehicle will play after restoration. Will the ATV be used for hunting, recreation, sports, off-loading, or agriculture work? 

Creating a wish list will also help you when purchasing an ATV fixer-upper. And this will also simplify your work in the process of restoration.

2. Understand Your Skill Level

Another important tip to consider when buying and restoring an ATV fixer-upper is understanding your skill level. This is important, especially if you are a beginner. Repairing a used ATV vehicle might seem simple, but it has its challenges.

So, it’s important to identify what you can do before purchasing your ideal ATV fixer-upper. If you notice some parts will be complex to restore, consider bringing in a professional mechanic for assistance. 

Identifying your skill level will also save you from starting a process that is complex for you to complete.

3. Set Your Budget

Before searching for a perfect ATV fixer-upper for purchasing, consider the amount of money you are willing to spend. This step will help narrow your search according to the budget you are ready to pay and save you from additional costs.

Note that your budget should include the cost of the vehicle, tools, spare parts, and equipment.

However, you don’t have to pay for every restoration process; you can fund each technique until you conclude the restoration. But you also must set aside an additional budget for extra repairs or restoration.

4. Set Your Timeline

Some ATV fixer-uppers may require a lot of restoration, which might take a long time to complete. For this reason, you need to set a timeline to know the time to use during the repair considering this is not the only project you are doing.

You can also set goals on your timeline that need to be completed at a specific time. So, setting your timeline will help you know when to concentrate on the process and when to go out looking for spare parts if you still need to get them all before the start.

5. Request the Details of the Vehicle From the Seller

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Requesting background details of the vehicle you intend to purchase is essential to know more about it. This also helps you understand the parts that need to be changed. The seller also needs to include the vehicle’s defects, so you know exactly how to proceed. 

6. Get Insights From Experts

It’s good to gather as much information as possible to help you in the restoration process. Whether it’s from online resources or an expert who knows more about ATVs, the information might help you gather knowledge on how the vehicle works and everything else that involves your vehicle.

In addition, the information might help you understand more about some important ATV fixer-upper parts, such as engines, wheels, tires, electrics, and lights.

7. Conduct a One-on-One Inspection

Don’t just view the ATV you intend to buy online; it’s good to inspect the vehicle in person to have a close view of it. Pay attention to things like how easily it starts and how it sounds while starting. Besides, you also need to inspect other important items, like, the engine, tires, lights, exhausts, etc.

8. Gather the Right Tools for the Restoration

Getting the right tools for the job is important to start the restoration process successfully. However, there are basic tools that are needed regardless of the complexity of the restoration. 

Such tools include air compressors, gloves, eye protectors, oil, lubricants, tire pressure gauge, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, and clean rags. 


So, if you are considering restoring an ATV fixer-upper for the first time, then the above eight tips for buying and restoring an ATV fixer-upper are for you.

This way, you will feel confident about repairing the used vehicle to your desired one. So, what are you waiting for? Get your ATV fixer-upper and get the process started.

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John Lawrence

John Lawrence

Hello, my name is John Lawrence, and I’m an adrenaline junkie.
My whole life, I’ve been drawn to activities that get my heart racing, from Bungie jumping to parachuting, motorcycles, and even water skiing, and there’s nothing that does that quite like ATVing.

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ATVs are a lifestyle – I’m sure you know.
Lucky for me, my son (who got the bug from me LOL) just got a job with an ATV dealer, so I can get the insider’s secrets – but I’ll share it with you!

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