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SVR Vehicle Reviews

Summary and analysis of vehicle reviews for various models.
Published: 5/18/2018 Author: Marc Cesare Category: Buying Guides

Vehicle Recalls

A list of recent recalls for utility vehicles, golf cars and LSVs/NEVs.
Published: 2/26/2018 Author: Marc Cesare Category: Buying Guides

Dealer Q&A: Buying A Small, Task-Oriented Vehicle For Campus Use

SVR interviewed Andy Kaplan of Dominion Utility Vehicles in Bedford, Virginia about buying a small, task-oriented vehicle for use on a college or university campus. Some common uses for these vehicles include people transport, campus security, general maintenance, grounds keeping and other heavier duty work.
Published: 3/14/2016 Author: Marc Cesare Category: Buying Guides

Gifts For The Side-By-Side Owner

Some powersports dealers provide gift ideas for side-by-side/utility vehicles.
Published: 12/17/2015 Author: Marc Cesare Category: Buying Guides

Gifts For The Golf Car Owner

Gift ideas for someone who owns a golf car or LSV.
Published: 12/16/2015 Author: Marc Cesare Category: Buying Guides

Comparing Crossover Side-By-Sides

The recent introduction of the Polaris General made me curious about where this new vehicle fits in the universe of crossover side-by-sides designed for both work and play. Given that the price point ($15,999) of the base model Polaris General 1000 EPS is at the higher end of the crossover market, I decided focus on some of the more expensive models, as well as, the next lowest pricing tier for some of the leading brands.
Published: 12/3/2015 Author: Marc Cesare Category: Buying Guides

Winterizing Your UTV For Work Or Play

With the winter months approaching some UTV owners may have thoughts of winterizing their vehicle for either winter work or for recreational use. To discuss some of the options and accessories you might consider I spoke with Rolly who works in the Mies Outland service department.
Published: 11/23/2015 Author: Marc Cesare Category: Buying Guides

The New GEM Line: A Step Towards Polaris’ Small Vehicle Vision

The new GEM vehicle lineup for model year 2016 are the most significant since the brand was acquired by Polaris in 2011. The style and engineering changes take a step towards the long-term version of the brand and the Polaris strategy for their small vehicle portfolio. The changes are discussed with GEM Director John Stockman.
Published: 11/18/2015 Author: Marc Cesare Category: Buying Guides

Cub Cadet’s Challenger Series: Renewed Commitment To The UTV Market

SVR discusses Cub Cadet’s new Challenger series of utility vehicles, and its place in the Volunteer product line of UTVs, with Jeff Salamon, Director of Marketing at MTD Products, Inc.
Published: 8/24/2015 Author: Marc Cesare, Small Vehicle Resource Category: Buying Guides

Dealer Q&A: Customizing Golf Cars

SVR interviewed Larry Deese, of Boulineau's Beach Buggies in North Myrtle Beach, SC about customizing golf cars. Boulineau's Beach Buggies sells new Club Car and Star golf cars and customizes a variety of used golf cars.
Published: 10/18/2013 Author: Marc Cesare Category: Buying Guides

Buying A Recreational UTV

Jeff Griffith of Garry Griffith Cycle in Chattanooga, TN provides tips for first-time buyers of side-by-sides and other recreational/sport vehicles and UTVs
Published: 5/13/2013 Author: Jeff Griffith, Garry Griffith Cycle Category: Buying Guides

What Is Street Legal?

Street legal is a frequently used but not often clearly understood term in the small, task-oriented vehicle (STOV) market, which includes low speed vehicles (LSVs), golf cars and utility vehicles. Part of the reason for confusion is that the definition of “street legal” changes depending on where you live. The narrowest definition of street legal is a vehicle that meets the Federal requirements for a Low Speed Vehicle under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
Published: 12/17/2012 Author: Marc Cesare Category: Buying Guides

Small Vehicle Buying Guide

Golf and utility vehicle veteran John Triolo shares insights on the top five questions to ask when buying a small task-oriented vehicle.
Published: 6/1/2012 Author: John C. Triolo, President, Mountaintop Golf Cars & GolfCarCatalog.com Category: Buying Guides

Not All UTVs Are Created Equal

The use of UTVs for emergency services work is growing, but not all UTVs are well-suited where safety and life-saving are at issue.
Published: 12/22/2010 Author: Kimball W. Johnson, President, KIMTEK Corporation Category: Buying Guides
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