Buying a quad bike

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The DoneDeal guide to buying a quad bike

If you’re thinking of granting your child’s wish for a quad, there are a few things you need to know first.

  • It’s illegal to drive quads on the road
  • Quad bikes can only be used on private land with the owner’s permission
  • Quad biking is only for people aged 12 years and upwards
  • It’s an offence to sell a quad to persons under 16
  • Quads are designed for one person – not two (ie no passengers)

Tips for buying a quad

  • Try to buy a brand name: This will make replacing parts easier should you need to
  • Popular quad brands include Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki
  • Take it for a test drive, checking the indicators, brakes and engine
  • Inspect the vehicle for signs of rust and wear

Engine size

Different quads, and their engine sizes, suit different ages and levels of experience

  • Up to 70cc - children aged 11 and under
  • 70cc to 90cc - children 12 to 15 years of age
  • 125cc to 250cc - Beginner older teens and adults
  • 250cc and up - Intermediate to advanced riders


  • It is illegal to drive quads on the road.
  • They are designed for off-road use as they don’t conform to regulations in relation to tyres, lights and indicators.
  • They can only be used on private land if the owner allows it.
  • Always make sure you wear the right protective clothing, including helmet, gloves and eye protection.
  • Quads aren’t designed to carry passengers, so never let your child do so and don’t drive the quad and have your child as the passenger.
  • Don’t let very young children onto quads as they won’t be able to control such powerful machines.
  • Anyone who drives a quad should receive tuition from a qualified instructor before they get on the bike.


  • Quad biking should be run properly, and riders should go to specialised tracks that are supervised.
  • You must be 12 years or older to ride a quad under supervised conditions on private land.
  • In order to ride the quad in competitive races you must get a licence from Motor Cycling Ireland.

Selling a quad

The Road Safety Authority states that it is an offence to supply a mechanically propelled vehicle, including a quad, to a person under 16 years of age for use in a public place.

You could be liable to a fine of up to €3,000 or six months in prison if you do sell to underage children so check out the buyer and ask for identification before you make the sale.