As the name implies, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are built to easily drive over all kinds of different terrain, including mud, gravel, sleet, hills, slopes, dirt roads, and forests. They are most commonly used for quickly transporting materials on large properties and farms. The vehicle itself is generally low-set, with a driver's seat and sometimes a passenger seat. ATVs can come in 3, 4 and 6-wheeled options, which are ideal where larger loads require transportation thanks to their longer bodies.

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Generally, the ATV family is split between sports models and utility models (UTV). Sports models are used for recreational activities and are smaller, lighter and accelerate faster, while UTVs are built mainly for working applications. UTVs also have more truck-like features such as adjustable shocks, rack-and-pinion steering, and a larger towing capacity. UTVs also tend to have a small tray at the rear for easy transport of hay, working dogs and other cargo.

Part of the reason ATVs are so popular on farms and acreage properties is their rugged design and versatility. ATVs, especially UTVs, are built to handle rough terrain and big workloads. So you can count on them to deliver when you need them to.

There's an ATV to suit most requirements. Need to transport goods over pristine turf without damaging it? A turf ATV is the solution. Need something with more traction? Recreational ATVs may be the better option. And when you need something with a little more power, crossover ATVs are built tough to haul further and faster. Of course, when you want something more run-of-the-mill, there's the basic ATVs, which are usually less expensive than their souped-up counterparts.

Whether you need a sports ATV or UTV depends largely on your needs and what you'll be using the vehicle for.

When buying used, you'll want to take note of how many kilometers the vehicle has covered, as well as its service history. Also be sure to see the vehicle switched on and working, and check for any damage.

If you're looking to buy a new ATV or UTV, often they can come with a range of accessories such as tow kits, windscreen, front bull bars, LED headlights, under-seat storage, head rests, winches and more. So be sure to talk to your local dealer to see what accessories suit the model you're looking to buy.