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AA Cars works closely with thousands of UK used car dealers to bring you one of the largest selections
of 4x4 on the market. All used 4x4 on the AA
website come with free 12 months breakdown cover and a free car history check.
Today's 4x4s are far removed from early raw and rugged vehicles. Now, 4x4s are stylish, practical, sophisticated and as at home in the city as they are in the countryside. Buying a used 4x4 is a great way to find a well-priced car offering the best the class has to offer.
Why buy a 4x4? Back to top
The world of 4x4s and SUVs ('sport utility vehicle') has come a long way since it was first born. Gone are the days of the 4x4 being little more than an off-road workhorse; the vehicles of choice for gamekeepers or estate managers. Instead, the 4x4 market is dominated by large, practical lifestyle vehicles that offer as much in comfort as they do ability. Of course, this is not to say that there aren't any rough and tough 4x4s – as there certainly are – but the variety open to a driver looking to buy a used 4x4 is greater than ever. One of the key drivers in this has been the introduction of a range of vehicles that feature very efficient engines and many models are very affordable. They've come on equally, if not more, in the realm of comfort. Thanks to the evolution of the class, there are options and variety to ensure that whatever you're looking for, you will be able to find an option.
Which 4x4 should i buy? Back to top
There are options for all sorts of driver on the 4x4 market. There are several options that offer a very efficient 40mpg. Among the traditional offerings of Land Rovers and Jeeps – which are continually edging towards the luxury market thanks to very well equipped interiors and equipment – there are efficient Nissans, Skodas and Dacias for example. If you're looking for a second hand 4x4, thanks to the growing popularity of the class you can be sure to find something that will suit your needs.
What should I look for when buying 4x4? Back to top
Do you actually need a 4x4? If you live in the countryside and you're often traversing muddy fields across hills and fields, then it is the vehicle of choice. Equally, you may want the versatility of a 4x4 if you live in an area prone to snow during winter months. If you live in a city, you may well want a 4x4 for the space and the practicality, but you probably don't need it for its off road ability. When you begin your search, think about your needs. For the larger families there are seven-seater options, although the added seats may only be suitable for children and will limit the amount of luggage space available. If you tow a caravan or horsebox then a 4x4 really is a good option. Depreciation is not especially severe on 4x4s, so while buying a used 4x4 might at the time seem high, many models keep their value well which helps when you come to trade it in. Some models, such as the Range Rover Evoque will give smaller more dynamic cars a run for their money. Thanks to their popularity, there are more used 4x4s for sale than ever before. There's plenty to choose from so if a 4x4 is high on your shopping list, you're guaranteed to find the perfect one for you.