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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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ATV - Polaris 400 or 500

Hey there,

Looking to buy the 2013 400 or 500. Its $500 difference and was wondering if i would regret getting the 400. Was hoping to save the $500 and maybe get a plow or ger back seat/storage....

Also, i am noticing the sale this year is $1100 off, isnt it usually $1500 off, or will that deal come again in June or so?

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 01:57 PM
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Welcome and FWIW, I am on my second 400 H.O. and though I don’t plow and always ride alone, I feel that the 400 has more than enough power for my needs. There is only a 43cc difference between the two engines. If you’re looking to drag race then you might want to look at something like the 800 though.

I know in the U.S. the rebates say up to $1000 off on the Sportsman right now, I’m not sure if they ever offered more, but I doubt it.

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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Last year my parents got the $1500 rebate in Lindsay ontario. Looks like o ly $1100 this year
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 07:21 PM
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The resale value is greater on a 500 then a 400. This is what I've read on this forum. And there is always the old addage bigger is better or u never hear someone with a 500 saying "I wish I had a 400".

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GURU front brush guard
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Polaris rear rack extender
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 04:27 AM
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I faced the exact same question a few months ago. My main use for the machine is for snow plowing. I bought the 400, and am happy with my purchase.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 04:46 AM
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The 400 is an awesome machine. Good power and super smooth engine. My brother in law has one. I raced him on my old 2001 500 ho. My 01 had 26 inch tires that were a little heavier than stock. 0-50 mph I only pulled a half length ahead. The 400 gets a little better mpg too. If you don't need to be roosting dirt all the time the 400 will suit you well.
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 06:08 AM
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I had the same question when I bought mine. What everyone told me is that the 500 is the number one selling machine, period. It will get me the fastest, easiest and best re-sale down the road. I'm looking to upgrade to the 850's already, and the rebates right now are $1100 on the 850's and $600 on the 550's, not sure on the 500 & 400's.

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Exactly the same only White
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 06:37 AM
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You will not regret getting a 400, they will have just as much resale as a 500.

I plow with mine, only shortage i have is with traction, just need more weight. A tire upgrade will need to be done eventually.

Mine was $5,499 for the 400HO. The 400 is 455cc and the 500 is 498cc..
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Father in Law has chains on all four when plowing
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