What To Look Out For When Buying A Used 4x4

4-Wheel drives have increased in popularity over the years. Gone are the days when they were reserved for farmers and off-road drivers – now they are sought after by city dwellers and suburban socialites too.

Buying a used 4x4 can be daunting. They are one of the most expensive models of cars and come with a lot of additional costs, such as higher road tax because of their fuel consumption. If you are in the market for a 4 wheel drive it is best to follow our handy tips to help you make the right decision, and avoid splashing the cash on an unwanted car:

Your Needs

Before you start looking it is wise to think about what you need the car for; what will you be using it for on a day-to-day basis? Thinking about how you would use your 4x4 is the easiest way to narrow down your search.


When you have managed to narrow down your list to 3-4 models, now you can put in some more in-depth research into each model to get an idea of price, kms and condition of your chosen model. Forums and internet sites are a good way of finding out about common issues for certain models.

Check the mechanical stability

If you come across a tricked out 4-wheel drive, then chances are the previous user put the vehicle through its paces regularly. Why else would someone splash out on a host of aftermarket mods if they weren’t prepared to use them? Standard models will generally be in the best shape and you can add your own modifications from there if you require.

Check Under the Bonnet

There are some crucial check points under the bonnet:

Leaks – especially from crucial parts such as engine, transmission and brakes

Oil – Remove the oil filter cap and check for any foamy residue which could indicate faults.

Wear and Tear – Check critical systems for any signs of rust, cracking, drying or home repairs.

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