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My experience...

Major brands - used older machines are tough and generally easier to obtain parts for in the aftermarket and used.  Many times if they are broken can be purchased for the same price as a Chinese ATV. Parts to repair will cost about the same or less than a new Chinese machine, but they tend to be very reliable once repaired. Retains resale value after you are done riding/repairing it.

Chinese brands - can be purchased cheap and repaired cheap when they break.  I would only recommend someone who really wants to get into repairing ATVs or likes to tinker constantly with something to purchase them.  (Of course mileage can very from brand to brand) Resale value is little to non-existent once they are broken.

as a side note, I have purchased many an older kawasaki or suzuki quads and repaired them cheaper than most sellers want for their piles of broken chinese ATVs.

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I agree. I started out with a beater Eton 150, because it was cheap. I'm a mechanic so I enjoyed learning about them (ended up with four that ran and 1 donor). I  still run them - they have been dependable if low performance - my wheelchair for the woods.

I bought a beater 125 TaoTao to fix for my grandson. Awful. Alternated between intermittant carburetor problems and intrmittant electrical problems. The wiring is poor with bullet connectors the come loose in place.  The handle bars with switches and levers attached have to be removed and dangle to remove the front body panel and acess wiring. I ended cutting it off and laccing it back on with zipties.

I now have a Honda Recon, that is fun to ride and its a Honda. I'll be looking for a 4x4 Honda for snow and difficult terrain.

Tahj

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