Many Australian purchase a 4WD as their vehicle of choice for daily commuting, weekend adventures and transporting a family, whether it be a family of 2 or a family of 7. They are versatile enough to handle city traffic with ease and then venture off the beaten track on weekends and family holidays, 4WD trips and days at the beach.
So what is the cost of your lifestyle and leisure 4×4 purchase? A new 4WD can cost as much as $80,000 and that’s before any aftermarket options and accessories. 4WD tyres in a mid-range price bracket can be around the $1,000 every 2-3 years. Likewise servicing every 6months can range from $500 – $1000 for each service. Not to mention running costs, fuel and any repairs that are required over the life of you 4WD.
Over the course of 10 years this put the value of your 4×4 at over $100,000. Not to mention the limitless possibilities of travel, family fun, destinations off the beaten track, secluded camping spots and countless memories. This 4×4 is also expected to maintain a resale value to help with the next upgrade.
What is the cost of Rust? Rustproofing ranges from a $550 chemical surface barrier to a $900 electric rust prevention system to a $1300 package deal. This has an expected lifespan of 5-7 years depending on the way you treat and use your 4×4. This cost pales in comparison to the cost of replacing your 4wd when rust has destroyed the underbody and left your car in an unsafe and unroadworthied state, unable to be sold with zero resale value. Your 4wd is a lifestyle investment designed to provide yourself and your family with years of fun and memories. Rust proofing is an important part of caring for your vehicle, extending it’s lifespan and protecting resale value.