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Buying a 4x4?

  • One of the most popular classifications of car today is the 4x4. Whether for their size, off-road capacity, or style, sales of these cars have soared over the years.

    The sector has been around for over 60 years so there is a vast selection of sturdy workhorse or stylish family cars to choose from. Here are some pointers to consider when looking out for a used or second-hand 4x4 Ute.

  • What Car Has the Best Safety Considerations?

    Most of the modern cars have plenty of safety features, such as:

    • All-round airbags
    • Traction control
    • ABS braking
    • Stability control
    • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • What Size 4x4 Should I Look For?

    The size of 4x4 will depend on the type of driving you intend doing. If you are transporting goods or stock over broken ground, then a large 4x4 is ideal. However, should you be looking for a strong, safe urban car to look after the family, then a crossover will be better.

  • What Should I Look for on a Used 4x4?

    The condition of the car will depend on how it has been used and how well it’s been cared for. Check the bodywork for dents, scratches, and holes, and look out for signs of rust. Listen for any strange squeaks or rattles. This is particularly true if the car has been used off road a lot.

  • What Type of 4x4 Should I Buy?

    The market in 4x4s has changed a lot over the last 20 years, and there are now many different types of vehicle to consider. The best one for you will depend on how you want to use it, and there are a number of different names that the classification covers, such as:

    • 4x4
    • Ute
    • Crossovers
    • Soft roaders
    • 4WD or 4-wheel drive
    • AWD or all-wheel drive
  • What’s the Difference Between Them?

    The 4x4 or ute is a hard-wearing, strong vehicle, made just for travelling across rough terrain. It is the typical workhorse of the sector.

    Crossovers are lighter AWD cars that combine the strength and high seating position of the 4x4 with the styling and comfort of a family car. They are designed more for urban use and have some limited off-road qualities.

    Soft roaders are 2WD cars with enhanced traction but they are not as responsive as a true 4x4 over tricky ground. They are good for driving over poor roads and around town, and they have a higher ground clearance than normal family cars.

  • Which Have the Best Fuel Consumption?

    For cheaper running costs, a diesel engine is always better but they sometimes lack the speed or acceleration of a petrol engine. Modern crossover cars tend to be designed with fuel economy in mind. Traditional 4x4s are sometimes petrol thirsty vehicles.

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    Presented in Nitrate Silver this Holden Captiva CX 4X4 wagon presents well and comes packed with many great features including; *3.2 V6 engine *5 speed semi-auto *Dual front, side air bags *Air-conditioning *Power steering, mirrors & windows *6 stack CD player *Cruise control *17 alloy wheels *Tow bar Located just 5 km south of the Adelaide Airport...

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    ********** 4x4 AUTOMATIC WITH LEATHER ********** MY2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara URBAN 5 door Automatic..... Finished in the Highly desirable and Quasar Grey accompanied with Black Leather Trim. Options including 17`` Alloys, Fog Lamps, Trademark Decals, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, ABS, Airbags and a whole lot more......... BUY FROM A MULTI FRANCHISED DE...

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    FORD RANGER PX 3.2 TURBO DIESEL SUPER CAB 4X4 MANUAL EXCELLENT CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT FITTED WITH A QUALITY AWL SERVICE CANOPY WITH LIFT UP SIDES UNDER DRAW AND TOOL BOXES FITTED INSIDE ROOF RACKS WITH LADDER CARRIERS WATER TANK AND PIPE HOLDERS SMART BULLBAR WITH DRIVING LIGHTS SIDE STEPS CRUSIE CONTROL AND 2 KEYS *****FREE ONE YEAR AUSTRALIA WI...

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    THIS IS JUST BEAUTIFUL..Not X rental this one owner goverment vehicle with AUTO transmission, steel bullbar with WHINCH, factory FLARES with 17in upgraded steel rims, cruise control, bluetooth, power windows safety of ABS brakes .. Want something to use for work and for the family on the weekends well check this one out they dont come much better t...

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    FORGET THAT EX MINING CRAP - THIS IS TIDY AS YOU WILL FIND! FULL SERVICE HISTORY, COLOUR CODED ARB BULLBAR WITH SPOTTIES, SIDE STEPS, BLACKED OUT ALLOYS, TOWBAR AND ABSOLUTELY IMMACULATE. YOU DON'T FIND THESE AT THESE KMS IN THIS CONDITION TO OFTEN SO BE QUICK!

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    HIYes we will do our best to meet your offer…..But if we cannot do it, then we will tell you the very best price possible......Carnet make negotiation easy....Selling is what we do that means best value prices and our best regard to your business......Carnet is one of the largest motor vehicle wholesalers in Australia, we also offer vehicles direct...

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    2008 3.0 LITRE MANUAL 4X4 HOLDEN RODEO CAB CHASSIS FITTED WITH QUALITY MARINE GRADE LOCKER BODY, BULL BAR & WINCH, TOW HITCH, DRIVING LIGHTS, WATER TANK, REVERSING SENSORS, ROOF RACK,AIR CONDITIONING AND MORE. COMES WITH SERVICE BOOKS. *****FREE ONE YEAR AUSTRALIA WIDE WARRANTY***** We are a 4x4 and commercial vehicle specialist with approximately ...

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    ON SALE NOW AAA rated purchase. One of the most popular family SUV on the market the T30 11 Ti-L luxury model offers you electric operated leather sea...

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    Since 1975, we have specialized in 1 OWNER LOW Km VEHICLES IN PRISTINE CONDITION with FULL SERVICE HISTORY. This Mitsubishi Outlander is a very good e...

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    2015 Toyota Landcruiser Prado VX 3.0lt Turbo Diesel 5 speed automatic 7 seat wagon in Crystal Pearl- White, with genuine alloy bull bar and tow bar. Y...

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    PERTH’S FAVOURITE SUBARU DEALER IS HAVING A MASSIVE STOCK CLEARANCE! Stunning X-Trail 1 Owner from New with Tow Bar, Full Service History, Lockable 4x4, Auto Trans, Enquire Now Did you know we can help you with? * Come for an obligation free test drive and meet our friendly team. * Want a free evaluation of your trade-in, it only takes 15mins * Con...

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    FREE DELIVERY TO ADELAIDE. Spacious, tough little 4X4, well looked after and just like new. Brand new tires and shock absorbers. Sad to see it go, jus...

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    Diahatsu Rocky F80V 4x4 1984 5 speed Gearbox, was rebuilt and in perfect condition before vechile was wrecked for parts. Suit 2L petrol engine. Does n...

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    2002 MUNRO MERCEDES SPRINTER .VIC Rego. Description: Good condition, 6 Speed manual/Auto, Dual wheels, Length 7m 233 171km, Car licence, Toilet/showe...

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    Great deals and Great Tools: . Heavy Duty Aluminium Toolbox made out of 2mm Including Checker A great way to lock up your valuables. This is desi...

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    1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale,good condition for its age. Runs on unleaded and lpg (good for them long fishing trips). Comes with pioneer stereo a...

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    We sold our 4x4, so no longer need them HID lights Lights were mounted on our roofrack, but never got around to wire them up, so they have 0 burning...

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    URGENT On going bit on Ebay http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2004-Mitsubishi-Pajero-Exceed-NP-Auto-4x4-MY05-/252666658149?hash=item3ad41b3d65:g:-JQAAOSwnH...

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    BAR'D UP 4X4 is a registered business located south of Adelaide creating custom bar work for your 4x4. We do bullbars, rear bars, brush bars, rock sli...

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