11 - Tips for buying a used 4WD

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Thinking of buying a used 4 wheel drive? Some 4 wheel drives have a much harder life than others, so you need to know the clues to find out the vehicles you may want to steer away from.

What are some of the things to think about in selecting the make and model of vehicle?  What is the best way to research the different models?

Is it better to buy a 4 wheel drive with lots of mods or should you look for one with no modifications?

Where are the places to buy a used 4WD?

You'll find lots of great tips to help you make a better choice next time you upgrade your 4x4!

Especially important for used 4x4's is some sort of vehicle insurance like RACV.  It is important to read the fine print - read this thread about what happened out at Talbotville for one unlikely 4x4 driver with RACV Total Care.

The picture for this episode is one of my old Maverick, which I loved.  Tip for newbies - old glass headlights that have been on all day and cold, cold water do not mix too well.  "Ooowww, my eye!"

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Submitted by Airstrike Airstrike
Thanks so much for the podcast. I'm new to this forum
I am looking to buy a 2nd hand 4WD but am really unsure what is good and I have no mechanic friends
I started my 4WDing in my Dad's Forester, took it to places where I shouldn't. I enjoy beach driving and camping the most, have done Diamond head, stockton, samuri, blacksmiths, absolutely love it! I love an occassion dirt track and blue mountain campsites
Any extra tips to look for when purchasing a 4WD? I dont earn enough to buy a brand new one haha
Submitted by Charlie Sapienza Charlie Sapienza
when i was an apprentices i was told the first thing to do is have a walk around the car look at how the head lights fit in the guards, the gaps in the bonnet are they straight , are the door gaps even. Then open the doors hold the door handle up and shut the door slowly see if the striker touches , check for hing movement. check the drivers seat is it flatten out if the top of the seat move more than it should (big people dig their left shoulder into the top of the seat when they get in to cars and this can crack the seat frame just above the adjuster also cracks the floor around the seat bolts). Check under the bonnet to see if the paint at the front of the engine bay is cleaner that the paint at the back. these are just some of things to look at as far as damage i can go into paint but as far as body work, put the car in the shade and have a good look take some photo,s go away and think about it,
have a mate look at it and then buy with your head if it's to good to be true it probability is.
Submitted by billolga billolga
The most important thing you should ask yourself, new or second hand, before anything else is what you want to use it for - Easy drives, tough stuff, touring or even what type of Touring you want to do - High Country, Long Range Desert, Beaches etc.
And I can bet you that when you buy your first 4WD (Like ME) that you find out a new World of 4WDing that needs a different vehicle.:cool:;)
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11 - Tips for buying a used 4WD


What are the tips to buying a great used 4x4? What are the pitfalls and what can you do to avoid them? We talk to Jason Lock about his experience in buying used 4 wheel drives.
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