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A Checklist for Selling ATVs to a Dealership

At Switchback Motorsports, we maintain Idaho’s biggest and best selection of all-terrain vehicles. 

Our inventory includes plenty of amazing pre-owned ATVs. When one rider moves on from a particular vehicle, an opportunity opens up for a new rider to get a great deal. 

If you’ve reached the end of the road with your current ATV, Switchback is your Southeast Idaho destination for sales and trade-ins. 

Things to Do Before Selling or Trading in Your ATV

Before bringing your ATV to Switchback Motorsports or another dealer in your area, do a full check-up on the vehicle’s condition. Understanding the health of your ATV’s parts and systems will help you communicate with your buyer and ensure that you get the highest possible price for your sale. 

We recommend taking the following steps before selling or trading your ATV. 

Start the Engine and Listen for Odd Noises

Fire up the engine—not for one last ride for old time’s sake, but to inspect its condition. 

Listen to the sounds the ATV makes while it’s running. 

Listen for:

  • Knocking or popping sounds
  • Sounds that are inconsistent or weak 

Any out-of-the-ordinary noises could indicate a variety of engine problems. If your engine doesn’t sound quite right, bring it to a professional for a diagnosis and a repair quote. Engine problems will significantly lower your ATV’s retail value, so you’ll need to invest in repairs if you want to receive the best value for your sale. 

Pay Attention to Any Unusual Odors

While you’re listening for odd sounds, you should also check for unusual smells. 

Sniff out any of these odors:

  • Burning odor
  • Chemical odor
  • Sulphuric odor

These or any other strange smells could indicate a problem with the engine, exhaust, coolant, or fuel line. 

During your sounds and smells inspection, also check your engine’s fluids. Make sure that there are no leaks and that all fluids are flowing properly. 

Note Any Aftermarket Upgrades

Aftermarket upgrades don’t necessarily increase an ATV’s value. In fact, they may lower its sale price. 

Buyers typically prefer to purchase a vehicle with all of its original parts. Aftermarket changes are based on personal preference, so a buyer generally just wants to acquire an ATV with its standard stock parts. 

If customizations you’ve made can be easily reversed, that’s often your best bet for optimizing your resale price. Plus, your aftermarket parts may hold some value as separate sale items. 

Dealers will ask what upgrades you’ve made, and they’ll be able to see how the vehicle varies from its original condition. Be sure to review your modifications before visiting the dealer so you’re prepared to discuss the vehicle’s condition and value. 

Check the Battery, Lights, and Electronics

ATV batteries typically last for three or four years.

Turn on the ATV and make sure that all of the lights and other electronic parts are in working order. 

Batteries and lights are among the easiest and least expensive parts to replace. Swapping in brand new bulbs and batteries, as needed, is essential for helping your vehicle look its best in order to bring in the highest possible sale price. 

Check the Tires

High-quality ATV tires last up to five years. If your vehicle’s tires are getting old, or if they’ve had a rough life, they may be due for replacement. 

When inspecting your tires, look for wear on the treads or smooth, balded areas. Examine the rims for rust, cracks, or dents. 

ATV tires aren’t as expensive as car or truck tires, but tire replacement is still a significant investment. If you’re unsure if tire replacement is worth the cost, ask your dealer how much a new set of tires would improve your vehicle’s value. 

Bring All Relevant Documentation With You

Arrange all of your ATV’s paperwork before bringing it to a dealer for a sale or trade. 

Relevant documents may include:

  • Vehicle title
  • Previous records of sale
  • Insurance information 
  • Any financial notices, such as a confirmation of final payment for past financing
  • Manufacturer’s documentation and manual 

The dealer will use these documents to value your ATV. The more information you can provide, the better. 

Trade-in or Sell Your ATV With Switchback Motorsports

At Switchback Motorsports, we love pre-owned ATVs. 

Visit our showroom in Pocatello, Idaho to discuss your ATV sale or trade-in, or send us a message any time. 

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