ATV Storage And Maintenance

Few things are worse than buying a brand new ATV, using it for the season and then putting it into storage only to find the carburetor clogged early the next spring; or worse—not finding the ATV at all because it was stolen!

Use this handy ATV storage and maintenance checklist to make sure you are properly prepared for a season of fun and safety.

  • Select the right spot. If possible, store your ATV in the garage along with your car. Be sure to lock and cover it to deter the risk of theft. Always remember to include ATV theft insurance when calling your GEICO representative for an all terrain vehicle insurance quote because regular homeowners policies rarely cover the cost of a stolen ATV.

  • Drain the fuel, change the oil and install a new filter while inspecting for leaks. Avoid repair bills by making sure the engine is properly maintained for the winter.

  • Wash and lubricate the entire ATV. Remove all excess grime and dirt, then lubricate hardware to avoid rust.

  • Take a photo of the ATV to document any repairs so you can keep track of your ATV's history.

  • Check protective gear. Replace damaged or outgrown helmets, gloves and other gear at the end of each season.

  • Inspect tires and wheels. Make sure you're following the manufacturer's recommended levels of pressure without over- or under-inflating. Ensure the wheels and tires are in good condition. Replace worn tires if needed, make sure wheel nuts are properly tightened and check for worn-out bearings.

  • Inspect the brakes, foot shifter, throttle and cables. Pay special attention to smooth operation and make sure breaks work properly.

  • Check to see if lights, horn and other miscellaneous functions are in good working condition.

The above-listed tips are for informational use only. Refer to your insurance policy contract for specific information regarding your coverages and for actual terms, conditions and exclusions. The above statements are general in nature and may or may not reflect the actual terms of your insurance policy.