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Businesses report brisk ATV, UTV sales

BROWN COUNTY –Local and area businesses report good sales of all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and side-by-sides, as businesses open back up.

Miller Sellner Implement salesman Leon Krzmarzick in Sleepy Eye said customers are coming from and going to great distances to find the ATV or UTV model they want.

“Since this COVID thing began and started to open up, many customers are looking for something to do, so they’re buying them. It’s been phenomenal. I’m really cranked up about this,” Krzmarzick said.

Leon said Miller Sellner usually has 60 to 75 ATVs and side-by-sides on hand. On Monday, he said there are 14 models in stock.

Krzmarzick said the wait for new orders to come in isn’t keeping people from driving the old ATVs and UTVs they have in the meantime.

“People tell us they see lots of them on gravel roads south of Sleepy Eye. One guy drove one almost 800 miles in less than a month,” Krzmarzick said. “It’s keeping our shop busy. We’ve got three guys doing maintenance, mostly tire repair and oil changes.”

Leon said one customer wanted a certain model so bad, he drove 300 miles to Eagle River, Wis., to get a dealer trade-in.

Krzmarzick said demand is so great at other dealers, they won’t want to do dealer trades.

He said many riders enjoy riding in groups.

“Lots of people grab a bottle of water and take off. Many people drive them about 300 miles a week,” he said. “It’s a positive thing.”

“A guy from Vesta brought one in for an overhaul after putting on 38,000 miles on it in four years,” Leon said.

Krzmarzick said more and more options including larger drop boxes, air conditioning, radios, stereos and wireless Bluetooth speaker systems can be installed now. He said some models go up to 73 mph.

Paul Maday at Maday Motors in New Ulm said ATVs and UTVs are selling well over the last few days.

“It’s pent-up demand. People take them to their motor homes and cabins,” Maday said. “We just sent a number of machines to St. Paul for our DNR (Department of Natural Resources) contract.”

Maday said his business still has a big inventory of models and can get more from other dealers.

“I really like these myself. I put a winch and blade to use it to plow snow in the winter,” Paul said.

Kibble Equipment Inc. salesman Scott Osborne in Sleepy Eye said he’s got plenty of side-by-sides for people to choose from.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

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