How 4×4 Cars Can Help You Get Around The Countryside

In a city with 4×4 cars everywhere it’s easy to wonder what they’re doing there. They’re 4x4s so shouldn’t they be out in the country? No because many of them are useless off-road, with so many now city cars that they’ve become known as Chelsea tractors. They’ve stopped being practical vehicles and have become fashion accessories. Out in the countryside low ground clearance will hurt and more chrome on the radiator grill will have everyone silently judging you.

True 4×4 cars are great for getting around in the countryside because they’ve been built for that environment. They’ll have higher ground clearance so you don’t damage the bottom of your car or get beached on an obstacle. A true 4×4 will also have a higher driving position making it easier for you to see obstacles or changes in terrain. They’re also likely to have chunky tires for better grip in off-road conditions. True 4x4s should also have a low range gearbox. This limits speed but gives you greater power which will get you up a hill. Chelsea tractors often lack a low-range gearbox and Top Gear has shown them sliding backwards down a hill. Technology also plays a part as the latest Land Rover has controls which can be altered from the driver’s seat to adjust the car for maximum traction in off-road conditions. The Land Rover is a premium car with a premium cost, but technology always trickles down to lower priced cars over time. Until that happens there are cheaper alternatives that’ll do the job in the countryside.

4×4 cars can cost more to run but they hold their value better than regular road-cars like hatchbacks. More to the point they’ll go well in the countryside and then transfer onto the road, while a Chelsea tractor will get stuck in the mud somewhere.

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15 November

It is advisible to use a loan to finance the cost of improving your 4×4 car. Here’s why

loanBesides a real estate property, improving a 4×4 car is probably one of your biggest investments. Unless you have a lot of many saved in your bank account, you will unlikely be able to pay for the improvement in cash. Don’t worry, there are car loan options that you can take to assist in your financing. However, it will all depend on whether the car is for private use or business use.

Private use

The first alternative is unsecured personal loan. Here, the loan attracts a higher interest rate, as the lender will not require any security for the loan. In case you default, the lender will only chase you for the outstanding loan balance and they cannot legally repossess the car.

The second option is a secured car loan or secured personal loan or consumer loan. Here, you will be required to provide any asset as collateral including the 4×4 car that you want to improve. Should you decide to put your car as a security, then it can be repossessed in the event that you fail to pay the loan. The advantage of this option is that it usually attracts a discounted interest rate.

Business use

You may have the option to improve your 4×4 car for business use by considering the chattel mortgage car loan. Here, you will own the car and the financier will provide the money for the improvement by offering 4×4 car as security on mortgage. Your business will enjoy the full rights of ownership.

The other option is the commercial hire purchase, where the financier will remain the owner of the car until you settle all the debts as per the agreement. Once you settle the outstanding balance, the title of vehicle becomes yours.

You can also use finance lease method, where the lessor or financier have the full ownership of the car and allows lessee (you) to use the 4×4 car by charging periodic rental payment. Though the ownership of the car remains with the lessors, though you may have the option to purchase it depending on the lease agreement.

Sometimes, you may encounter the frustration of being rejected for the finance you need to maintain your car. This is where it is worth looking into bad credit loans, as you may find you are able to get the finance you need.

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11 October

How does an airflow snorkel protect the engine from elements of sand and water when driving off-road?

Combustion engines need not only fuel to start. Vehicles can’t switch on in a vacuum or inside a room without oxygen. They can however, work in water and in extreme weather conditions where air is filled with dust, sand or other contaminants. Just because it’s possible to drive in these conditions, it does not mean that it’s advisable. The engine and other parts of the vehicle can be seriously damaged if the car wasn’t designed for driving off road.4x4 snorkels

One of the most distinctive visual and technical features of vehicles designed for rugged terrains is the airflow or air intake snorkel, usually accompanied by an exhaust snorkel of similar design. A snorkel usually looks like a long piece of plastic tubing stretching from under the hood and up the side of the vehicle at roof level.

The high positioning enables the car to draw the air needed for combustion from a higher altitude, making it possible for the engine to run even when the car is partially submerged. The higher position of the airflow also helps avoid other contaminants such as dirt, sand or slush that are found closer to the ground.

While driving off road, the wheels can both pick up dry materials and splash mud in the air which can all clog up the supply of air to the engine. Having an airflow snorkel positioned high up on the roof of the vehicle significantly decreases the chance of any particles entering the inside of the engine and causing damage with a majority of dust clouds ans splashes happening at ground level. As intake snorkels are equipped with a filter it doubles up on the performance of the air filter integrated on the engine, preventing the build-up of grime and dirt beneath the hood.

An added benefit is that the air circulating higher up is not only cleaner, but also cooler. As cooler air is richer in oxygen this makes for a more efficient and cleaner fuel burn which results in increased effective engine power.

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14 September