|Buying a 4x4 in 2011 is for the first time
just a little different from previous years, markets have slowed and
manufacturers are not putting in the same effort into development as
they did in previous years
The basic rules still apply but
consider that bargaining now is much more a acceptable form of
negotiation especially with dealers and some private sellers. Auctions
have slowed as vehicle numbers have decreased. Demand has slowed and yes
with the negativity of 2008 , 2009 four wheel drive buyers are not in
the most revered of public figures especially the large 4x4 city
vehicles. New enthusiasm has developed in recent
years and 2010 was a good sales year.
If its one of these vehicles you require don't feel that you are
sending the world into a global catastrophe with green house gases. In
most cases with a large family these vehicles are all there is in the
market to choose from. Manufacturers have designed it that way.
If it is in your price range, it does what you want it to do,
purchase if satisfied. But be aware that if you purchase a large 4x4 in
today's market resale may be poor especially in the first 2 years so choose carefully.
Water damaged Vehicle
warning from 2011 Flooding
Be aware of water damage from flooding as
many vehicles will be filtered through varies sales systems to dispose
of them via insurance companies and private sellers. This process
is usually staggered so as not to flood ( no pun intended) the market.
Don't think that buying a vehicle in western Australia in December
2011 you will not have to worry. Auction houses acting on behalf
of insurance companies will store and move stock around to
Especially be careful of vehicles with no
service books or new replacement books.
Caution of Queensland, Victorian history even
though they may be registered in another state.
Check under dash and seats for rust and mud silt
ect. Its very difficult to detail under a dash unless it is replaced.
Lift up the carpet and check for mud residue.
Check chassis rails although these are usually
pressure blasted when detailed.
And if something doesn't look right, smell or feel
it usually isn't. Smell is important .The Floods in Queensland
especially carried with it a smell that will never be masked
if seats and carpets have been effected. Question if carpets look
new and have been replaced.
If you discover its flood effected the
choice will be yours then to decide. Water in any vehicle is damaging
and the long term effects if parts are not replaced can be heart
Territory 2011 4x4
Nissan Patrol for 2010
Nissan Patrol 2008 2009
Suzuki Vitara 2008 /2009
4x4 driving in United