If you’ve bought a car or two from a salvage auction and have been satisfied with your purchases, you may want to visit the salvage yard for recreational vehicles as well. It’s easier than you may think to find a salvage snowmobile, but there are some things to look for to ensure that you’re making an investment that will serve you well in the future.
Before you decide on the salvage snowmobile that is right for you, you’ll need to honestly evaluate your riding skills. If you’re new to snowboarding, you’ll need vehicles that are easy to handle and can cut through snow easily. If you have years of snowmobiling experience, a small vehicle that requires more precision for handling is ideal. You should also think about whether you’ll be riding on groomed trails, or if you prefer to ride fast or slow. The size of the snowmobile should also be a factor when you’re shopping for the vehicle that will work best for you.
Next, you should take a good look at the engine in the snowmobile. There are two basic engines: two stroke and four stroke. Two-stroke engines go through a full cycle in one crankshaft revolution with two strokes of the piston. Four-stroke engines take four strokes of the piston to complete a cycle. Engines that are two-stroke provide higher power to weight rations, but the power is only applied in a very narrow range. Four-stroke engines have more moving parts and are smaller and lighter. These days, four-stroke engines are even lighter than the engines of decades past and produce significantly more power. If you’re searching for salvage snowmobiles, make sure that you know the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) requirements on the emissions for two-stroke or four-stroke engines. Older two-stroke engines were not very environmentally friendly and the modern version of these engines meet or exceed EPA standards.
It’s also best to look at your track-length choices when you’re buying a salvage snowmobile. The biggest market shares are from trail sleds and crossover sleds. Crossover snowmobiles are the most popular class of snowmobiles at the moment because the tracks are longer and there is a deeper track lug. This means that the vehicle can handle riding on and off the trail. If you choose a vehicle that can ride on a longer track, you’ll be able to ride over bumps and bridges with more precision.
As you see the salvage snowmobile selection at the auction you’re attending, you’ll be able to tell which snowmobiles have the style, color and design you want. However, you can’t tell if the internal parts of the vehicle work well without having the snowmobile inspected. That’s why you’ll need to have a trained inspector look over the snowmobile and make sure it’s in decent shape. If you’re going to have to repair the snowmobile in any way, it’s important to get an estimate of the repairs before you decide to buy the snowmobile so you can be sure that the engine and handles are in working order before you put the vehicle in the snow.