If you’ve ever seen anyone riding a Chinese quad, you’ve probably asked yourself, is it really worth it?
This question stems from the fact that most people know that Chinese goods and equipment are prone to quality issues, and they have a reputation for being inferior and somewhat flawed.
So the question remains, are Chinese quads really worth it?
Well, the short answer is that if you are looking for an affordable option that’s not branded and has a decent performance, then yes, they are definitely worth it.
However, if you are looking for a more superior riding experience or a machine designed to last you for years and you have the budget for it, you should differently invest in something better.
The truth is some Chinese quads are really quite good. They do have their advantages and disadvantages, and you should be aware of those prior to making an investment.
In the following article, we’ll take a closer look at Chinese quads and whether they make a good investment or not.
Why are they so cheap?
Chinese quads really are cheaper than mainstream ones. This is one of the main advantages of these machines. It is also one of the reasons why lots of people seem to be buying them more and more often.
Ultimately, it depends on the engine displacement and the specific model that you are buying; however, a Chinese branded UTV can tend to be hundreds even thousands of dollars cheaper than a popular branded ATV or UTV like Yamaha or Polaris.
Some models can even cost more than $2000 cheaper than a Honda. So for people on a budget, this might be a wise buy.
Chinese quads are the alternative to the more expensive branded you UTVs.
They are a lot cheaper, and the engines are usually cloned versions of the Japanese engines, so you only pay a fraction of the price of top-of-the-line UTVs when you go for the Chinese models.
However, you must be willing to make some sacrifices. Chinese UTVs are not as well finished as the branded ones. This is not to say that the quality is inferior; however, it is not as refined as branded ones.
What can you expect from the Chinese quad/ATV/side by side?
Chinese quads are likely to be powered by electricity as compared to other brands. UTVs from China are mostly electrical.
An electrical quad is quieter than the traditional one, which has an internal combustion engine, and therefore, is less harsh on the environment because it doesn’t burn gas.
The torque curve is also quite different with electric quads, and this is important to note if you have never ridden a quad powered by electricity before.
Some Chinese quads are powered by gas, and these are the ones that have a large engine displacement.
Chinese quads are considered rougher when compared to other brands. Chinese quads have always had a reputation of being put together rather badly, tinny and unreliable.
However, over the years, the Chinese have upped their game and started to introduce UTVs that are of much higher quality.
There are still a lot of crappy models out there, and they are not worth a dime, but there are also some pretty good models out there.
Chinese quads may rattle or have a bit of harness or vibration, and this is completely understandable and expected given the cost factor. Ultimately what you need to know is that Chinese quads are not the most refined UTVs on the market.
They are inevitably good value for your money. Over the years, brands like Yamaha and Honda have become too expensive for most people.
The most basic quads delivered by these bands are retailing at approximately $10,000, and normal folks have a bit of trouble paying that amount of money even if it’s financed.
This is where Chinese quads cater to people on a budget, that’s want to enjoy all of the benefits of a UTV but don’t want to spend a small fortune to do so.
While Chinese UTVs and quads provide only half of the performance of branded ones, they are still significantly cheaper than brand name quads.
Another reason why they are a good option is that they are smaller, cheaper and quite specifically made for children and these make great birthday and Christmas presents.
Chinese quads are not all that reliable. This is what most people already know about Chinese branded goods; however, to be fair, these manufacturers have improved a lot since the 90s and early 2000s.
There are some quality issues such as engine and transmission problems which are common and they do have some electrical issues as well.
However, if you’re thinking of buying a Chinese quad, buy from somewhere that you receive a decent warranty or a store that accepts reimbursements in the event that something goes wrong with the quad.
If you are considering investing in a Chinese quad, then you should be forewarned of the security issues with these machines.
These issues are experienced mainly because lots of Chinese manufacturers are more concerned about production in terms of quantity rather than quality.
So this is why you have to double, triple check and be sure of the type of warranty that you are getting when you purchase a Chinese quad. Check with your dealer to see if they have the quad parts available and in stock with them.
This step is necessary in the event that you need a replacement for certain parts of the machine. And the truth is you never know when you need one.
Some dealers are unethical and claim that they do have the parts available; however, the only place the order when you request it from them. So this basically means that they don’t have the physical stock with them at all.
Ultimately this can be quite frustrating if you have to wait for one part to be replaced in order to get your UTV working and this is especially since your wait could be as long as months if not weeks.
Are they legal in the US?
Yes, Chinese quads are legal in the US.
Where to find one?
Chinese quads are available from various manufacturers online and in brick-and-mortar stores.
You should always remember to buy from reputable dealers that offer decent warranties and also stock parts in the event that you may need them.
So ultimately it’s wise to invest in a model that has its parts available as and when you need them.
If the dealer does admit that they do not have the parts available at all times, ensure that you ask them to refer you to other dealers that stock the same model and stock the spare parts as well.
So, while it is important to go for the best-looking Chinese quad, it is just as important to find a model that has its parts readily available.
All you need to do is practice a little due diligence and do your research and homework prior to making an investment. If you do this, then you can be sure that your investment is worth the money.
And ultimately your research and due diligence will save you a lot of money and a lot of heartaches as well.