Buying A 4WD? Take Some Notes

You can buy 4-Wheel Drive vehicles in just about any size and price range. Whether you are in the market for a pickup truck, an SUV or you are checking out motorhomes for sale, it is advisable that you take every step to ensuring you are making the right choice for your needs and budget. Because to be honest, buying a 4WD vehicle whether brand new or used, is going to be an investment. And before you part with your cash, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself.

Why Buy A 4WD?

4WD vehicles are appealing to many people, especially those who are great lovers of the outdoors. SUVs and pickup trucks for example, provide larger spaces for cargo and you can easily sit more people comfortably than the usual car. In the case of motorhomes like a Winnebago, you can take extended trips with friends and family aboard a self-contained vehicle. You are basically taking your home with you every time you go on a road trip. And when you are camping in Australia, you know how important this is.

In addition, four-wheel drive systems give you extra traction and control when you are driving through snow or rain, making them all-around safer vehicles for just about any weather condition. And of course, you can drive through off-road terrain easily than the average car.

What Are The Things You Should Consider?

As you may already know, 4 wheel drive vehicles range from 4-cylinder engines to all the way up to the bad boy V8s. There are also turbo charged 4 and 6- cylinders available in the market, though you may need to ask for this in advance if you are looking at motorhomes for sale.

Perhaps the most important thing to consider when buying a four-wheel drive vehicle is the size you want to get. Are you interested in subcompact SUVs? Large? As the size of the vehicle ultimately determines performance and fuel efficiency, taking this into consideration will help point you in the right direction.

What Features Should You Look For?

Considering you are about to make a substantial purchase soon, there are a few important features you ought to look for whether you are buying a pickup or an SUV or if you are looking at motorhomes for sale.

  1. Fuel Economy – Okay, so fuel economy may not be the first feature that comes to mind when you are in the market for 4 wheel drive vehicles. We are telling you now – it should. The most economic four wheel drive vehicles usually have a 4-cylinder engine. It would be great also to check if the engine comes with a turbocharger and intercooler for better mileage.
  2. Drive Wheel Feature – All SUVs and pickup trucks are sold with four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive feature. There are also two-wheel drive options available, which cost less. It is important to note though, that All Wheel Drive and Four Wheel Drive are not the same. While both features provide power to all the wheels, all-wheel drive (AWD) is a much lighter drive system. This type of vehicle is okay for all weather conditions and moderate off-road drives.  A four-wheel drive (4WD) comes with low-range gear system which makes it ideal for difficult off-road terrain.
  3. Safety – Need we say more? Check if the vehicle you are interested in has side airbags for head protection, apart from the front ones. In the case of a rollover, these airbags will help keep passengers inside the car. Electronic stability control features are also a must. This automatically applies brakes to stop you from going into a sideways slide. This is very important if you often drive in slick roads. Rear backup systems are also very important considering the size and width of these vehicles.

There are countless tips you need to look into before you spend money buying a four-wheel drive vehicle.  Whether you are checking out motorhomes for sale, or in the market for a brand new SUV, make sure that you spend enough time doing research. Being well informed not only will give you an upper hand with the negotiations, but it will give you peace of mind knowing you have made the best purchase decision for your needs and budget.

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