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A guide to buying you first 4WD

Buying your first 4WD in the Northern Territory can be an exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming.

With so many options available, it can be challenging to decide which 4WD is right for you. Here are some key things to consider when purchasing your first 4WD in the territory:  

Purpose of 4WD: Before purchasing your 4WD, it is essential to consider your intended use. Will you be off roading and camping, or just looking for that something that is able tow the caravan or boat? Having time to reflect on your lifestyle and specific needs for the vehicle will help you determine what you need. If you’re unsure of where to start talk to the AANT technical advice team, who can provide advice and knowledge on new purchases. 

Engine and Transmission: If you’re all about a 4WD with a powerful engine and durable transmission that can handle challenging terrain without getting bogged down. Look for a vehicle with good torque and horsepower ratings that can provide plenty of acceleration power when you need it. 

Size and Seating: While you may be attracted to larger 4WD’s, keep in mind that they can be more difficult to manoeuvre, harder to park, and less fuel-efficient. Think carefully about the size and seating capacity of your 4WD to determine what will work best for you and your needs. 

Safety Features: Safety features are an essential consideration that should not be overlooked when purchasing your first 4WD. Look for a vehicle with crash avoidance and other features such as electronic stability control, anti-lock braking system, and airbags. 

Budget: Finally, consider your budget when purchasing your 4WD. These vehicles can be expensive, and you’ll want to invest in a quality vehicle that can handle the unique driving conditions in the Territory. Be careful not to overspend and leave enough money in your budget for maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. 

Buying Used: Buying a used four-wheel drive can be a great way to save money and still get the vehicle you want. A pre-owned vehicle might already be equipped with additional accessories, eliminating the need for separate purchases and installations. Establishing a good service history is vital if looking at purchasing a used car. Asking some questions regarding where the vehicle may have been used and what sort of towing it has done in the past will give you good indication of  the overall health of the vehicle. You can find some great deals on used vehicles, but it's important to make sure you're getting a good deal by having the car inspected by a reputable mechanic. AANT have approved repairers who can assist with pre-purchase inspections before you purchase. Click here to find a repairer.  

Accessories: it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement when buying a new 4WD and feel compelled to purchase every accessory item available. However, it’s crucial to pause and consider the nature of your driving activities before making significant investments in your four-wheel drive build. Take a moment to reflect on the specific type of driving you’ll be engaging to avoid any unnecessary expenditures. 
Purchasing your first 4WD in the Territory requires careful consideration of various factors. By considering your intended use, engine, transmission, fuel efficiency, size and seating, safety features, and budget you’ll be able to find a 4WD that meets your needs and provides a safe, reliable, and enjoyable driving experience in the beautiful and rugged terrain of the territory.