Four by fortune favours the brave

4 by fortune favours the brave
As fuel prices rise steadily and the value of oil continues on an upward spiral as we climb out of recession, many commentators fear a collapse in the value of four wheel drive vehicles on the scale similar to those witnessed in 2008. This may be true, the world is still a very uncertain place and many people still don’t believe we are on the road to recovery. With VAT set to revert back to 17.5% and the scrappage scheme ending soon, there is certainly reason for caution but before we get too panicky we need to remember that many of the problems affecting car values were related to oversupply and this was no different in the luxury 4wd sector. So dealers and car makers had to react, not only to rising prices and the imminent recession but also overstocking.

The fact that the new car market has probably now corrected itself to a far more realistic level means that although the aforementioned warnings on fuel and duty will still have some affect we don’t believe dealers will be under anywhere near the same pressure to panic sell cars because there is simply not the same volume of stock about.

Most importantly in the trade there is an old saying which is especially relevant to the luxury and 4wd market, and that is if you can’t afford to run it, then you can’t afford to buy it! We think this will be more relevant than ever this time around and although in recent months these cars have been fetching a premium because of such scarce quantities, earlier in the year these cars were selling very cheaply indeed and therefore it is hardly like buyers have now paid massively over the odds.

It will just be a question of sitting tight and seeing it through, a lot o people may find the notion unpalatable but like it or not 4wd vehicles are here to stay.

As with any car it has just become more important to select the right one to suit your needs and your budget.

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7 Responses to Four by fortune favours the brave

  1. Ben Boffin September 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    Surely its about time for the few misguided souls that think these cars are cool to realise that they are generally only driven by orange botoxed housewives and under endowed men?

  2. sioux falls honda September 23, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    LOL Or grown up men that the kid inside still wants to play in the mud.

  3. Mark Robbins September 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    Stop worrying about what other people drive and get on with your lives!!!! cigarettes are bad for your health, junk food will never be totally healthy, Botox doesnt work! people choose to drive 4x4s, Porches, Rolls Royce, Jaguars, etc: etc: Thats life people! its never going to go away so let others live it the way they see fit ?

  4. Ben Boffin October 1, 2009 at 10:38 am #

    True Mark but at the same time people who drive 4x4s are generally cocks and should be reminded of this fact on a regular basis.

  5. Mark Robbins October 1, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    People who drive 4x4s are cocks? why, because you and a few other “Bang the drum” types say so? sorry Ben, how you can judge intellect by the vehicle someones drives is rubbish, and deep down you know it, but you go ahead with you’re petty mindedness and follow that crowd, far easier than going against the grain eh? Oh, and just forr the record, i dont now nor have i ever owned a 4×4…………………………………….Have a nice day in Ben world !

  6. Ben Boffin October 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    Oh for heavens sake Mark! you’re clearly unable to engage in light hearted banter. I own Land Rover.

  7. Mark Robbins October 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

    Really? my money says you dont……………………………………………………………………………and if you do how on earth is what you have said “light hearted banter” ?

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