Looking for a side-by-side UTV but don’t know which one is the best fit for you? Here are 10 tips for you if you are thinking about purchasing a UTV. Buying a UTV is just like buying a car. If you check the specifications of a UTV, you will find it’s very similar to your car but just a simple version without luxuries. For a UTV, you can live without those luxuries, but you would want to have good quality and warranty and also an affordable price. Choosing a UTV is never an easy decision. As a factory direct brand of UTV, Bennche listed 10 tips to help you find the right UTV for you.
1. What is the main purpose of this UTV?
Most UTVs have several different engine sizes and horse power. If you want to use a UTV for work, you don’t want to buy a small engine size and later you might regret not getting a bigger one. However, if you just want to use a UTV to carry people or travel in the field, you don’t need to spend money for a larger engine size. For example, Bennche Bighorn 700 UTV is made with more horse power for heavy duty. Bennche Bighorn 500 UTV is made for light weight use. Bennche Bighorn 700X Crew is made for carrying 4 people, and Bennche Spire 800 is made for racing or mountain climbing. So knowing your purposes for UTV is the best way to help you narrow down your search.
2. How much are you willing to spend?
Once you determine what size or type of UTV you want, now it comes to the question “how much you want to pay”. Some UTVs have everything you need, but the price is just way to high. Come up with your budget and then search for all UTVs within this range. You may find that there are several options for you.
3. What is included in the price?
Next you should start to compare what you can get if you pay the listed price. Some UTVs don’t include any accessories, but some do come with accessories. For instance, most Bennche UTVs come standard with a winch, aluminum wheels, mud tires, headlights, taillights, turn signals, horn, and a windshield, and roof. If you get snow in the winter time and think to add a snow plow on your UTV, you must also have a winch first. In other word, if winch is already included in the UTV you are buying, you can save time and money on finding and installing a winch. When you do the comparison, make sure you know what is included in the price. Don’t compare an apple to an orange.
4. What is the background of the brand?
More and more UTVs are in the market now. Some are from well-known brands, such as Yamaha, Kawasaki, or Polaris. Some are from brands you’ve never heard of. If you are interested in those non-traditional brands, you will have to do more research before you pull the trigger. Search the brand you are thinking to buy on the internet and see if you find any comments. If you can’t find any result from internet regarding this brand, you should be concerned about the warranty and service in the future. It’s better to buy from factory-direct brand so you can get better support.
5. Find out how the UTV is built.
Please don’t buy a UTV in a crate or without being fully assembled or tested. Many people think they can assemble a UTV because they have some technical knowledge. However, even if you can assemble correctly, you still can’t get your UTV to run properly if any of the parts are bad. For Yamaha or other well-known brands, they only deliver fully assembled UTVs to their dealers. The major reason is that UTVs have to be assembled correctly and fully tested. Just like we’ve mentioned in the beginning, buying a UTV is just like buying a car. Have you seen any car companies sell cars in crates or without full assembly? Most important, if a UTV is not assembled correctly, it may later create a lot of issues including safety. This is why Bennche only ships fully assembled UTVs and ATVs to dealers so the quality can be assured!
6. What type of warranty coverage and for how long are you covered?
Make sure you read the warranty policy carefully before you buy a UTV. Many people misunderstand warranty coverage as bumper to bumper within the warranty coverage. Never buy a UTV without warranty or if the warranty is less than 6-months because problems normally happen after three months of use. Bennche offers a 12-month limited warranty on all UTVs and ATVs.
7. Where is the dealership?
Now you might have decided which UTV you want to buy, so you need to know where is the closest dealer from you. Use manufacturer’s dealer locator on their web site to find authorized dealers around you. If the dealer is not listed on dealer locator, you might want to call the manufacturer to double check whether a dealer is actually an authorized dealer or not. We found many retail stores that will try to mislead consumers by telling them wrong information. For example, some UTVs made in China are sold under different brand names. It is very important to know that different brands will have different warranty policies, and each brand will only warranty on its own vehicles.
8. What kind of review does the dealership have online?
Not only should you do a background check on the brand you are going to buy, but also you need to check out the dealership you are going to buy the UTV from. At this point you need to see if this dealership has full time technician(s) just in case you need service for the future. Many dealers are one-person shops. It means the owner is doing everything or sending UTVs elsewhere for repair. It may be difficult to get quality service from dealers like this, so be sure to research the dealership. Your local BBB web site could be a good tool.
9. Where can you service your UTV?
Think carefully about buying a UTV from a dealership over 100 miles away from you. If you need warranty service, it may be a problem for you to bring the UTV back to the dealership. Normally it is the consumer’s responsibility to bring their UTV back to the dealership for warranty repair. If you relocate in the future, you can also see if this brand provides a nationwide service network. For example, Bennche provides nationwide service network so you can bring your UTV to the nearby service center. Most non-traditional brands don’t provide this kind of service.
10. What ownership documentation will you get?
Again, buying a UTV is just like buying a car. When you buy a car, you get a title showing that you own this car. Same concept on a UTV. All UTVs, just like cars, have Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN). You are supposed to receive a title or MCO (Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin) showing that you own the UTV. If your dealer told you that they don’t offer title or MCO to you, please DO NOT buy the UTV even though you just want to use it as off-road vehicle.