I was in the same situation for a long time. My wife just couldn't live with shelling out the money for an ATV. Then we had a welder at work that would not work quite right and the welding shops could not find the problem. After it was pushed aside for a couple of years, I offered to buy it for $25.00. They sold it to me, and with $175.00 invested had a welder worth $1800.00 That is what I traded to the local Honda shop when they needed a welder that would handle aluminum tube frames. I still had to pay some cash, but it didn't hurt as much and the wife didn't mind.