Depreciation Nation: Coping with a Fast Moving Market

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I bought my first SxS about two and half years ago now, a 2013 base model Maverick.  I was absolutely thrilled.  At the time, you really couldn’t buy a much faster production machine, which was really all that mattered to me then (other than the price of course…).

It wasn’t long though before I became thoroughly annoyed by the release of the Maverick Turbo with its 20 additional horsepower and better suspension.  The annoyance was mostly rooted in my unwillingness to spend the additional $10k+ that would have been required to upgrade to one when they first hit the market.  Horsepower increasing reflashes, the RZR turbo release, and eventually the introduction of the YXZ all waged war on my feelings of content.

Scared by the $20k+ prices of the new tops dogs, I kept my base model Maverick until a deal came along on a used low mile YXZ that I just couldn’t pass up.  Figuring that both Can-Am and Polaris had recently released turbo models, the YXZ was brand new, and I couldn’t buy a Wildcat because Nick would never let me live it down; I assumed it was safe to go buy my next machine.  Surely nothing that spectacular could be coming out right away…

Yeah.  That lasted about a month.  Soon after getting my new toy home Yamaha promptly let us in on the new paddle shifted YXZ SS.  Ugh.  The cool factor is real with this one.  I like using the clutch though, and manually shifting gears.  I guess I’ll be okay?


Two more months go by.  I’m feeling a little power insufficient in comparison to the turbo models, but I’ll turbo this YXZ at some point, no big deal.  I’m still okay.

Then……..the f&@^!#% Maverick X3 debuts.  Gaaaaahhhhhh.


24” of suspension travel.  150+ horsepower.  Why do I even try?



Yes, we did see these models coming, but seeing a pizza and smelling a pizza are two different things.

The point I am staggering towards here is that I don’t make enough money to keep up with this stuff…  While all these advancements are exciting and great for the sport, some of us are taking a real beating on the value of our newly purchased machines.

It has occurred to me now that I may have baited you into reading this article with a title that suggests I actually have some solution to this problem.  I don’t.  Sorry for that.  Here are a few suggestions though:

1) List your old machine on Craigslist for way too much money and wait around for some idiot to come overpay you.

2) Part out accessories before you sell.

3) Probably the best option;  hit the lotto / be someone that can afford taking a $5k hit every year and just keep buying the newest coolest machine.

4) Probably the realistic option for most; learn to have fun with what you have without needing to keep up with the Joneses.

The rate of change in the SxS market right now is extremely exciting and indicates a positive future for our sport.  If you can afford to stay on top of the performance war, by all means do so.  Keep supporting the manufacturers and their efforts, and I’ll just sit over here and be jealous.  If you can’t afford the latest and greatest every time something new comes out, just try to be happy with what you have because it is probably isn’t as lame as you might think.

If you are one of those people who are buying and selling at large losses to stay on top, we owe you a thank you.  You are funding the future of this sport, and making it possible for new people to join via the used market at lower and lower price points.  Keep up the good work.

By the way, if you want to let us drive your new X3, XPT, or YXZ SS, we’ll give you a free shirt or something…  please?

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3 Comments on "Depreciation Nation: Coping with a Fast Moving Market"

  1. I feel you. I just got into a new XP1k at the pinnacle of that model. My thought there is Polaris will release a new chassis for the MY18 XP platforms and the obvious cost downs in the MY17 XP1k shows that that model will be relegated to a cost reduced entry XP platform. I to could not bring my self to spend the extra 5K for the turbo. Now knowing the the new XPT will come in at 168 HP and the Can -Am X3 is out there at 154 HP the numbers do make you feel a little behind the curve for a new machine. I find solace in the fact the my XP1K is a very capable machine that does not take more than buckling up in it to put a smile on my face. Welcome the the very happy B squad.

  2. I think you nailed this one with your analysis. Everybody who loves this hobby of course always wants to be bigger, stronger and faster. I think sometimes we can be paralyzed by HP, inches of travel or whatever the stat and your number 4 option “learn to have fun with what you have without needing to keep up with the Joneses” is some of the most logical advice I have heard not only for the Side by Side industry, but in life. Great Post!

  3. I’d like to point out another reason one might be happy without the latest most powerful machine! I ride in Wisconsin and we have an awsome trail system, but alot of our trails are tight and twisty. These high horse power, big travel and wide machines cant really be used to thier full potential. Kind of like paying $15,000 more for a Ford Raptor just to drive on the street. Dont get wrong I like big power as much as the next guy, but if you cant make use of it, why fork out extra $$$$ if you cant use it. I’m still having fun driving 07 Rhino!

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