One of the first questions you’re likely to ask when considering shipping a vehicle is “How much will it cost?” When shipping an ATV or UTV, it’s no different. On this page, you’ll find information about what goes into the cost of shipping a side-by-side vehicle, as well as some ballpark figures of recent shipments to give you a guide to what sort of pricing you can expect.
Transporting an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) is not entirely different from shipping a car--in fact, the process is the same. What is different are the equipment and carriers used, at least they should be in most cases.
Since side-by-side vehicles typically seat between two and six people, they vary pretty widely in shape and size. Not all trailers or carriers are an appropriate fit: what’s right for a dune buggy may not work for a Yamaha Viking, for example. (This is one reason why it’s important to seek a transporter with experience in moving a particular type of vehicle.)
A more seasoned shipper will have trailers that are specifically designed to move ATVs and UTVs and be able to accommodate the different size and dimensions of a side-by-side vehicle. Ideally, soft-tie straps should be used to secure an ATV in place to prevent damage to the vehicle during transport. An air-ride suspension is another key ingredient to look for when it comes to safe shipment of an ATV or UTV. Soft ties and a smooth ride make for safe shipping.
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The True Cost of Shipping A Side-By-Side Vehicle
There are several factors that affect the cost of shipping an ATV. The primary costs are related to the weight of the vehicle and the distance. Other things that can also impact the price are the time of year, fuel costs, and additional insurance (if needed). Weight is definitely the biggest wild card when it comes to the cost of shipping.
Side-by-side vehicles can range from 350 pounds to 2,000 pounds and it makes a big difference in the cost of transport, as you would expect. Typically, all-terrain vehicles are on the lighter side, while utility task vehicles tend to be heavier. The numbers below reflect estimates of what you can expect to pay, based on weight and distance, when shipping a side-by-side vehicle.
500 Pound ATV/UTV
Austin, TX to Richmond, VA (1450 miles): $874
Los Angeles, CA to Denver, CO (1020 miles): $605
Chicago, IL to New York, NY (805 miles): $436
1000 Pound ATV/UTV
Seattle, WA to Boston, MA (3,045 miles): $1624
Miami, FL to Washington, D.C. (1,035 miles): $771
Las Vegas, NV to Albuquerque, NM (575 miles): $698
(Please note that these are estimates and prices will vary based on the factors mentioned above.)
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