Land Rover Range Rover 4×4 Buying Guide
1-First things first, determine a need of a Land Rover Range Rover
Before you decide to go for a Land Rover, you must determine that if you are actually in need of a Land Rover to make sure you buy a 4×4 for your needs and if so, what are you considering to achieve with this buy, are you seeing that you and your family would feel safer in a larger vehicle on public roads or are you are looking to add some thrill in your life by dominating into the off road terrains in your local area and even you are looking to go abroad for a safari trip.
Determining your need will narrow down your research and will also help you to select the best Range Rover or Land Rover model available in and the market which suits you best. Actually even in the Land Rover, there are not all the models suit some serious off roading and similarly there are not all the models for families.
2- Do some research online before actually visiting the market
Now you have determined your need for a Range Rover engine and this has narrowed down your search. Now it is the time to do some in depth research online according to your required models and trims. The best thing is to go online and visit some forums related to that particular model. Read reviews of the drivers and owners who have owned that particular model. This practice would help you understand the vehicle even before you buy it. Now you should learn much more about the common faults and people reviews about the vehicle and it would work as a decision factor in buying process.
3) Determine your costs of living with a Range Rover
The next and most crucial step in the buying process of a Range Rover is determining the cost of living with a Range Rover, because it is one of the most posh and expensive and relatively different experience. You need to take account of the things that how you can afford buying a new set of brake pads for your Range Rover. Because from a main dealer, you won’t get them under £250 at least where you can buy a new set of brake pads and disks for Toyota Hilux in just under £50. Similarly if your wiper blades are gone off, you won’t be able to find them under £50 even from eBay. Original blades would be even costly. Windshield wiper blades for Toyota Hilux can be found in just under £10. So cost differences are massive. Therefore it is really important to done some free research on all these things before deciding to buy one and save thousands in long run when living with a Range Rover.
4) Run a vehicle in depth check
So far, you have determined your need, decided to buy a particular model as well and made an intensive research on the model as well and now you are ready to make a decision to buy one. But stop here and start looking into the things yet another time.
It is the time to run a deep vehicle check to make sure that your vehicle is the best deal to buy. You do not need to go out for this again, do this all while sitting on your sofa. Get the details of the documents and any accidental history of the vehicle by CAT C or CAT D. this will help you get the better understanding of the vehicle you are looking to buy. Of course, in case of CAT C or CAT D, this should not put you off a lot as it’s repaired by a professional repair service. In case of used vehicle buying, there is always a likely chance that the vehicle has picked up some smashes in its life, if there is no accidental history, they might not use it off road and it remained as a house pet with its owners.
5) Go for a test drive now
If the vehicle history has been tested and approved as clean, now you should contact the owner of the vehicle or the garage to take the vehicle on a test drive on the road and off the road as well if possible. This test drive would help you see just how all the equipment is working. You would also determine the performance of the vehicle on road and off road. Many people bought Range Rover in the past and found it fine on public roads but when they tested the vehicles on the other terrains e.g. sand, mud, and so on they seem to be smashed and then only use the vehicles as simple 2wd SUVs. Being able to test the car on all terrains would clear all these possible doubts and
6) How to test drive?
Now you have the vehicle with you for a test drive, try to take a mechanic with you and dig it deep as you can. If the car is used, it is better idea to get under the vehicle and make sure its condition from underside. Look for the rusts and botch jobs. Try to see how much the vehicle is original and how many miles it has on the counter, check the condition of the tyres and other things because now the ball is in your court and you have a chance to test the things properly.
7) Ask a mechanic
As everyone doesn’t have an in-depth knowledge of these vehicles and they normally do not know that what actually they are trying to buy but just trying to become an avid 4×4 enthusiast. It is better that you should know a mechanic and take him with you or take the vehicle to him. Ask him to test everything in detail and inspect it on your behalf. Note his verdict on the vehicle that what he thinks and how much the vehicle actually worth and what price you should offer.
8) Give a price offer
Now you have tested the vehicle in the real life and your mechanic has given an in depth verdict as well and you know what he thinks of the vehicle and if he recommends you buy it, it’s now time to give a price offer and try and knock the price down, your own test drive inspection and your mechanic verdict will also help you. But if you are paying cash to the dealership, this rule will still help you to get the best price offer. Because the dealerships are usually good on making quick sales.
9) Close the deal and enjoy
By now you have everything thing on hand to close this deal with your seller and it is the time to pay him money and enjoy the ride of your new Range Rover, now you can spruce it up and keep it as it is and if you need any part for it, you know who to call and from where to buy your vehicle parts.
It is a well-known reality that every vehicle purchase is a big step and it is a big financial commitment that affects you in your everyday life, so making a right decision in this regard is a must thing. We are sure that these steps would help you a lot in your buying process and be making you a wise decision.
Buying an Off-Roader in the UK
The problem with buying an off roader in the UK is that there are a number of manufacturers and they introduce updated models every year and it is hard to join the stream or if joined then it is hard to go with it. There is the only automaker in the UK who is consistent in offering their models and its Land Rover. They have a number of competitors in the market including Fiat, Citroen, Volkswagen and Porsche, but Land Rover has a totally different technique to keep itself in the market. They always introduce successful models in the market. It means Land Rover always introduces the reliable and flexible models instead of introducing urban only or off roaders’ only models. Most of the competitors have urban vehicles only.
Considering all these factors, it is important to determine your need that if you require a permanent 4×4 or you need to have a two wheeler. If your requirement is both at the same time then you must go for Land Rover. But you should remember that you will hardly get two or three chances to use all wheel drive feature in a year. Most of the times you would use two wheel drive.
Fuel consumption of these all wheelers is another factor that must be considered before you buy. Two wheel drive vehicles have better fuel economy while 4×4 vehicles are bad on fuel economy. Some Land Rover models have really bad fuel economy and others have excellent figures. You must consider these factors before buying a Land Rover in the UK.
How manufacturers take advantage of the market?
Most of the manufacturers realise that the 4×4 sales boom is just because of those people who do not know how to get maximum from their vehicle. Fewer of them do anything about it and indeed are ready to do anything to get the maximum out of their vehicle, particularly in bad weather conditions. They never use their vehicles to their full capabilities and keep increasing the vehicle size to get more features and bigger numbers.
Our 4×4 experts recommend that every driver should go on a one day course to learn how to get maximum out of their 4×4 especially when it is a Land Rover model. Drivers must learn about the correct use of the modes, e.g. they should not use muddy hillside mode when they are on a snowy road. You won’t be able to get your actual value for your money until you are driving your Land Rover Range Rover incorrectly. You must learn that what actually off roaders are?
Off-roaders: what it means
There are a number of different features in an off roader and most of them are as follow;
High/low ratio gears
Off roaders use a second gearbox that allows the driver to select “high” or “low” ratios – lower cogs produce greater torque to help the vehicle climb steeper slopes and crawl out of mud without any difficulty.
Shift on the fly
Off-roader vehicles configurations lets you move into high or low ratio while the vehicle is still on the move.
Almost all of the off-roaders use transfer boxes to move power to both axles. These boxes connected to the transmissions and driveshaft at the front and the rear.
This feature indicates the ability to cross any hurdle without damaging the back of your vehicle.
Differential (DIFF) lock
This feature is common in all off-road vehicles because without this feature you can’t go off-roading at all. This system allows to lock the power transmission to front and rear wheels at the same time and sends equal torque to all axles at the same time.
All-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, all off-roader is all wheel drive and they do not offer two-speed transfer box but has a standard transmission. These vehicles do not have any serious off-roading capability and have no chance to save you money when they go all-wheel drive. These vehicles cannot disengage the two wheels when you do not need them.