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We’ve all seen them and perhaps some of you have been tempted by these street corner, bargain bin quads made who-knows-where being sold at flea markets, local tire stores or just about anywhere their peddlers can set up shop.

If you want to save a bit of dough then go ahead and buy these machines – just be sure to buy three at a time because the only way you’ll be able to get parts when it inevitably breaks down is if you have an extra unit to swipe them from.

Also, if you’re doing your own repairs on one of these off-brand ATVs, service manuals are literally non-existent and what about the warranty? Most knock-off brands wonÂ’t have one available.

There’s always a price to pay for cheaping out and these off-brand units are waiting like a feral cat ready to jump out and scratch their way to your bare wallet.

Buying an ATV or side-x-side from a reputable company with a strong dealer network and parts supplier is always the best way to go.

Bottom line, being cheap will bite you sooner or later. Buy from a brand that is well known and has dealers in the state or province where you live. This will save you headaches in the future and will ensure you have more time out on the trails than in the garage.

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