This ATV price guide outlines the steps you can take to determine ATV values for trade-in or private sale. ATV Values fluctuate, knowing what an ATV is worth before you buy or sell it will save you money. Avoid overpaying before buying an ATV and don’t lose money by offering an ATV for sale too cheaply.
You have several pricing tools available at your disposal, some services cost money while other sources are completely free to use if you know where to look. I’ve taken the time to list some of the more valuable sources of ATV price information available online and explained how to use them below.
Compare, compare, compare: A good first step in getting an ATV book value is to compare the current average price of other sales of the same make and model you are interested in. To do that you can visit websites that specialize in local ATV sales, including auction, classified and dealer websites, and take note of the current asking prices. Compare similar ATV brands of the same age and condition to come up with an accurate valuation.
Consider modifications and upgrades: The ATV you are pricing may have aftermarket components that are considered performance parts which, by virtue of being more desirable, might raise the value of an ATV. It’s important to know that the value of an ATV will not increase by the full retail value of any performance upgrade, in fact it might only increase by 50% of the price of the parts, if that.
Performance parts installed more than a year prior to sale may have lost as much as 90% of their added value and this is especially true for parts subject to normal wear and tear like tires and exhaust parts. Upgrades add to ATV value but not by the full cost of the upgrades themselves.
How to use KBB to determine ATV value
Kelly Blue Book is a vehicle pricing service with decades of pricing experience that also covers ATVs and motorcycles. I’ve taken the time to guide you through the process of getting an ATV blue book value via their website, here is what you do…
Step #1 – Visit KBB.com to launch their ATV values page
Step #2 – Enter your zip code and select make and model
Step #3 – Choose Trade in(ATV dealers) or retail(private sale) value
Step #4 – Enter optional equipment details, if any, and get price
Note: KBB offers one price for an ATV in exceptional condition
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How to find an ATV book value with Nada
Nada, like KBB, is a trusted service that offers “blue book” pricing information. They also valuate ATVs and, like KBB, ATV prices are located in the motorcycle section. Here are instructions on how to use NADA
Step #1 – Visit nadaguides.com to find their ATV info page
Step #2 – Choose ATVs from the powersport category list
Step #3 – Enter your area code and model information
Step #4 – Check any optional or aftermarket parts
Step #5 – Get your high/low/retail price range result
Nada ATV is trademarked by National Appraisal Guides Inc
ATV trade in value vs private sale values: The true value of an ATV depends on whom you are buying it from or selling it to. The amount offered for an ATV as a trade in value will be lower than you could have obtained in a private sale but you are spared the time, energy and cost involved with finding a buyer. The retail value is the price associated with buying an ATV from a licensed business and, though slightly more expensive, you may have recourse if something is wrong with the vehicle.
Private sales should be considered at your own risk in terms of safety but can also be how you find the best bargain or receive a higher price than you would from a registered dealer. Decide which source is best for you based on your tolerance for risk vs obtaining a better deal.
How much does a new ATV cost?
According to research of 2019 prices online the average cost of a new ATV is just over $11,000. That is the average price for a base model from popular brands. Prices for a brand new ATV range from $4500 for a Chinese import ATV up to $23,999+ for a side by side UTV.
Make sure it’s not stolen!: A final step in determining the value of your quad is to perform a stolen ATV check because those are worth nothing to anyone but the rightful owner. If you suspect something is wrong or a deal is too good to be true trust your instincts and get more information or walk away. There are stiff penalties to having stolen property in your possession and, at the least, you can expect to lose any money you paid. Be safe!
What is ATV trade-in value?
Trade-in value is the amount of money a dealer is willing to pay for your old ATV when you buy a new one. It’s like receiving a discount on your new ATV price for trading-in the old one. Although most ATV dealers will offer a fair price it’s generally accepted that the offer for your trade-in will be on the low side. You can typically get more for your old ATV if you take the time to prepare it, list it in classifieds yourself, and patiently wait to find a buyer willing to pay your price. By trading-in the old ATV you can skip all of that work, the dealer will do it for you. Trade-in value is typically lower than actual value, they are different values.
Tip: Another way to learn what your quad is worth is to look up your specific make and model in your local classifieds and on popular online marketplaces. Find a quad in similar condition and see how much they actually sell for.