Unusual cars on club trips make the day so much more interesting.....unless it's a dog car like a Honda CRV or similar getting stuck on speed humps everywhere. But if the unusual car turns out capable, then it makes for a great day out.
for the price of a new unsuitable vehicle, you could get a sharp deal on something 2nd hand and spend the difference to "upgrade" it to more than suitable. . . ? most people dont have the time, or motivation, because the 'new" seems more appealing. for me I like old(er) and modified to suit. With depreciation, it seems to me a lot of money to lose for the comfort of being covered by a possibly dubious warranty. and If I write it off, well Ive got my moneys worth and haven't lost too much
After I wrote the ute off that I had owned for only 6 days I briefly looked at possibly getting an LDV but didn't really want to be a guinea pig. I ended up with another Mazda BT50, this time a single cab as a 2.5 metre long tray was needed. Mazda compared to LDV as far as pricing goes the LDV was $6500 cheaper, I reckon I would recoup that at trade in time. No bull bar available and I travel through Central Queensland frequently at night, that's how my other ute was written off when a stray cow stepped in front of me. Both utes offer 5 years warranty, LDV 130,000 kms, Mazda unlimited kms. LDV offers 5 years roadside assistance, Mazda doesn't but I have RACQ for that. More Mazda dealers than LDV. Without going into mechanics of both utes I don't think the LDV is a big enough bargain when compared to Mazda for example. I find it strange that when looking for a new ute the Isuzu was out as I had to have 5 star ANCAP rating for access to mine sites and even now Isuzu single cab ute only has 4 stars, it was one I had considered. I expect I will be travelling around 100,000 kms per year.
I wouldn't have thought there would be much in it. I only pay $650 with RACQ with like for like replacement for 2 years and agreed value after that. May be a little cheaper for LDV seeing as how it's worth less.