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Posted: 09/22/2015

Utility Vehicle Purchase Checklist

Checklist

A new utility vehicle is a big purchase with a lot of considerations to keep in mind. A checklist reminding you of your top requirements and needs can help you make your decision.

Print this checklist and take it with you as you evaluate different models. Check off the options and items for each model and note any specifications and features you find.

Utility Vehicle Make and Model: _____________________

Performance
[  ]  Equipped with four-wheel drive
[  ]  What type of system _____________________
[  ]  Gas or diesel engine
[  ]  Type of suspension system (four-wheel independent, coil-over springs, solid axle, etc.) _____________________
[  ]  Adjustable suspension for various riding and payload needs
[  ]  Vehicle rated capacity (including occupant weight, cargo box load and the weight of accessories) _____________________
[  ]  Payload capacity _____________________

Versatility

[  ]  Equipped with a receiver hitch
[  ]  What size? _____________________
[  ]  Attachment system available
[  ]  How do you line up and secure the attachment? _______________
[  ]  If the model has an attachment system: Joystick easy to use and control
[  ]  Accessory system to transport tools, supplies and gear

Comfort

[  ]  Multiple seating options
[  ]  Adequate leg/knee/foot room
[  ]  Cab easy to enter and exit
[  ]  Comfortable seat
[  ]  Power port
[  ]  Cup holder
[  ]  Radio available
[  ]  Heat/air conditioning

Ease of use
[  ]  Easy to access the engine speed control
[  ]  Easy-to-use travel pedals
[  ]  Key switch convenient and easy to locate
[  ]  Easy-to-view instrument panel
[  ]  Instrument panel provides information you want
[  ]  Cargo box is easy to lift, tilt and clean
[  ]  Cargo box equipped with powered lift option
[  ]  Tailgate easy to open and close

Uptime protection and serviceability

[  ]  Liquid-cooled or air-cooled engine
[  ]  Brush guard
[  ]  Sealed continuously variable transmission (CVT) cover
[  ]  Full skid plate
[  ]  Constant velocity (CV) boot guard
[  ]  Cargo box durable, resistant to dents/scratches
[  ]  Radiator fluid levels
[  ]  Easy-to-change air cleaner
[  ]  Easy-to-access fuel filter
[  ]  Easy-to-access fuel fill
[  ]  Easy-to-service/change oil filter
[  ]  Easy-to-reach engine oil fill, drain and dipstick
[  ]  Easy-to-access/replace battery

Accessories
Does the utility vehicle have the option to run attachments and accessories you need?
[  ]  Powered attachments: mower, snowblower, broom
[  ]  Non-powered, hydraulic snow blade, bucket, pallet forks
[  ]  Snowblade
[  ]  Work lights/road kit
[  ]  Radio
[  ]  Cab/canopy
[  ]  Brush guard
[  ]  Tire options

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