An ATV bill of sale form is used for legally selling an all-terrain vehicle (“four-wheeler”) to a buyer in exchange for an agreed-upon amount of money. The document proves ownership of the vehicle and contains the contact information of the buyer and seller, the price the ATV sold for, its make, model, VIN, year, and any other information the seller wishes to include.
Giving the ATV a full once-over will allow the owner to identify any obvious damage. Remove all coverings, check the battery terminals, look for cracks in the tires, test the shocks (make sure to look for leaks), check the oil, and start the ATV from idle and listen for any odd sounds. If possible, give the ATV a good test drive and observe the suspension, run through all the gears, and listen for anything that doesn’t seem right.
An ATV will sell for far more money if it’s in good working condition than one that needs new tires, new cables, a top-end rebuild, a clutch replacement, or any other issues. Unless the repair shop charges an obscene rate for service, the cost of labor + parts will pay off from the higher sale price of the ATV. The most common maintenance for four-wheelers includes:
- Oil + filter change
- Valve adjustment
- New spark plugs
- Cable adjustment
- New brake pads
- Cleaned, adjusted, and lubed chain
- Coolant flush
- New shocks
Factors that will influence the cost of repairs include the age of the ATV, the number of miles it has, the model, whether it’s a two or four-stroke engine, and the way it was stored (under a tarp, garaged, etc.).
An ATV can be cleaned in a very similar fashion to a car. A bucket with lukewarm water, a sponge/mitt/brush, a paint-safe soap, and a means of rinsing it off is all that is needed. Overall, the owner should:
- Rinse off any large particles of dirt and other debris.
- Soak the entire ATV.
- Scrub the entire ATV with a soapy brush or mitt.
- Rinse it off.
- Towel dry it (to remove wet spots).
Popular options for selling include:
- Craigslist – FREE
- ATV Trader – Free for 2 weeks, ~$30 for 6 weeks, or ~$50 for 12 weeks.
- eBay – Packages starting at $25
Unless the owner specifies that negotiation is off the table, they should be prepared to receive offers between 5% – 20% less than the selling price. To counteract this, the price can be raised as deemed appropriate. The best information for pricing can be found by looking at what similar ATVs (make, model, and mileage) have recently sold for.
Unless the owner is ready to ship the ATV to the buyer, they should be prepared to have potential buyers inspect the ATV in person. If a buyer is interested, they will make an offer. The owner can then counteroffer with a higher price or accept the buyer’s offer. Alternatively, the owner can agree to the price on the condition they finalize the purchase by the next day (or another condition of their choosing).
Once the seller receives the funds for the ATV, they can put together the required paperwork, which includes the following actions:
- Completing and signing the bill of sale (needs to be signed by the seller and buyer); and
- Signing over the ATV’s title (proves ownership, and is needed for registering/insuring the ATV).
Overall, the seller should provide the new owner with maintenance records, the original copy of the bill of sale, the title, and any other documents they were given when they initially purchased the ATV.