Buying a recreational vehicle can be a costly purchase, especially if you do not know what you are buying. While the idea of owning a jet ski can be fun, the additional costs associated (trailer, hitch, gas, service fees) can be expensive. If you are torn between which recreational vehicles to buy, here are a few details to consider.
If you want to experience a true thrill, take a ride on a motorcycle. Any owner of a motorcycle will tell you there is nothing like owning a motorcycle and the joy and thrill that can come with it. Motorcycles can be used year-round, but they are best in the spring, summer, and fall months. You do not want to drive a motorcycle in snow as the conditions can be extremely dangerous. In the United States, you must own a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license. If you pass the initial test, you will be given a permit to drive a motorcycle.
Storing your motorcycle in the garage can prevent paint from fading and rusting. If you store a motorcycle outside, always check it for spiders before you go for a ride. It’s easy for spiders to crawl up under the seat, and this can cause a serious accident while you are driving and notice a spider crawling up your side. The cost of motorcycles will vary as new models usually cost upwards of $10,000.
A jet ski can be an incredibly fun toy to have. You need to have a vehicle that can tow the jet ski to the lake. It is also important to purchase a trailer to tow the jet ski. Some people purchase trailers that include a second placement for a future jet ski. Jet skis require regular maintenance. The pistons age quickly and they can be expensive to fix on older models. Yearly maintenance can reduce expensive repair costs as the average price can be $3,000 or more for engine repair. Storing a jet ski in a storage facility or in the garage can prevent sun rot. Used jet skis can be cheap (less than $5,000), but you must be careful of repair costs associated with used models. New jet skis can cost about $12,000 or more based on the model you purchase.
An ATV can provide a unique and fun outdoor experience. From racing in sand dunes to off-roading in the mountains, ATVs are fun for everyone. You will need a vehicle with a trailer hitch to tow a trailer that holds the ATV. ATVs can also fit inside a truck bed, but you need to secure them in place to prevent them from sliding. Most ATVs can drive through small streams, but you don’t want them to get wet for too long or it will cause engine problems. Like jet skis, make sure you are wary about buying a used ATV as there can be repair costs to worry about. A new ATV will cost around $7,000 based on the model and features of the ATV.
Rising costs of fuel have many people searching for a solution to save money when traveling to and from work. Buying a scooter is a great way to save money on fuel as they cost around $3,500 or less. Scooters are considered a “motorcycle,” which means they require a permit or license to own and operate. They must be insured and licensed properly, and they need to undergo an inspection each year.
This can provide a fun ride to and from the office, or just for an afternoon stroll. These two-wheeled devices will go about 12.5 miles, and they cost about $2,000. Owners have control over the way the Segway moves by shifting left or right.
A dirt bike can give you a thrilling ride. Many people purchase dirk bikes to enjoy a hobby, but quickly find themselves in the racing circuit. Dirt bikes require routine maintenance, especially if they are in the racing world. Dirt bikes are prone to oil leaks, dirt build-up, brake pad damage, and coolant leaks. The cost of a dirt bike is around $2,000 to $5,000 based on the model. When owning a dirt bike, it is important to remember that there will be other costs to consider such as safety gear and purchasing a trailer to tow the new dirt bike.
This article was contributed by Taylor Morford, automobile and ATV enthusiast, blogger, and muscle car repairman-in-training. Taylor would like you to check his favorite toy, the 250cc motorcycle from Bennche.