I went in to Los Anchorage today and started to price a few mid sized utility 4 wheelers. I verbally priced out a few machines(nothing in writing), each with a wench and and a snow plow. They are:
1.) 2008 Arctic Cat 500, manual tranny, carberated for $6500
2.) 2009 Arctic Cat 550 H1, Auto, EFI, about $7300
3.) 2008 Polaris 500, automatic, EFI for $7000
4.) 2008 CanAm 400, XT package, Auto, EFI $7500
5.) 2008 CanAM 500, XT package, Auto, EFI $8300
Sales folks wanted me to believe:
That the CanAm is the *high end* machine in quality of parts (not to mention price) and I seem to believe this. Seems like they make a great machine.
The AC and Polaris are more heavily built for plowing (than Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and other brands but I did not look at any of them because I ran out of time).
EFI are suppose to be better for starting on cold days, and they get better fuel economy.
All have disc brakes, independent suspension, high ground clearance, and appear to well built.
CanAm is suppose to have the highest quality of rims and tires in their XT models.
What am I missing??? Sound about right? My main goal will be plowing the driveway on days like today, general hauling on our little farm, plus some hunting and occational two up rides in places like Chitina.
Thanks for any insight...