Purchasing a new 4wd can get a little overwhelming especially with all the different make and models that are currently available in today’s market. It is important to always have a personal checklist handy to see if the 4wd you are looking at is the right one for you. Here are several things you may want to add to your checklist that can help you decide on your next 4wd purchase.
>Assess what you are planning to do with your new ride. Are you a tradesman who needs a vehicle to carry around timber and tools? Or a family-man who’s planning on going on a SUV adventure with your family? Do you want something that can coast smoothly on a long tarmac, or something that can withstand harsher terrain? Take your lifestyle choices into consideration, and what you would use a 4wd for. Things like fuel capacity, storage space and room for custom modifications varies for each 4wd in the market.
>Narrow down your budget. Be mindful that there are additional costs tacked onto any new car purchase, such as insurance and licensing. Aim for a price range that is slightly lower your budget, so that you’ll have extra funds to spend on having fun with your 4wd.
>Pick your poison—diesel, petrol or gas. Each have their own pros and cons, and it entirely depends on how you plan on using your 4wd. Diesel engines are slightly more economical than petrol ones and pushes out better torque for towing purposes. Gas is the cheapest of all, but lacks power and may not cover more miles than diesel or petrol.>Decide if you want to buy a new or used 4wd. When purchasing used 4wds, be sure to check the car’s service history. Check its mileage, see what parts has been replaced recently and which parts are yet to be replaced. Does it have rust? Any modifications? Especially if you’re planning to bring something off-road, it’s always good to check to see if what you’re buying isn’t going to fall apart the moment it hits gravel.
>If you are planning to use your 4wd for something more than just a leisurely cruise around the city, you may want to look into getting modifications to really turn your 4wd into an all-terrain driving machine. Installing a top of the line 4×4 suspension helps if you plan on towing boats or caravans around. Spotlights, tires, lifts…etc. These can get pricey so always keep in mind how much modification you need for your 4wd needs.