The time has come where you want to finally pull the trigger on a new off-road rig.
But you're new to this and you have questions. That's where Trailbuilt is here to help.
We're going to cover 5 things that you should consider before buying an off-road rig!
1. What is the Purpose?
Before committing to an off-road toy, you need to consider EXACTLY what you are going to be using it for. If you want something to cruise around in during the week and just go off-roading on the weekends, then make sure you pick out a vehicle that is going to be comfortable on the road and capable off-road.
However, maybe you are looking for something just for off-roading. Something you'll probably never drive on the road. Then you shouldn't care as much about comfort as you do about capability.
Either way, this is a very important thing to look at right at the beginning of the search process. You need to know what you will be using your new vehicle for before you can find a suitable option.
2. The Performance
So you've narrowed down the type of vehicle you want, now it's time to look at how well it's going to perform.
If you plan to just use your new vehicle for mild off-roading and rock crawling, you can probably get away with using a Jeep Wrangler or Cherokee. Something like that will be able to be driven on the road and still have the proper capability to perform decent off-road.
If you plan on doing hardcore rock climbing or maybe even doing some jumps, you're going to need to extensively modify your platform. This can take a lot of time, work, and money to do but if you're looking to be the king/queen of off-roading, this is the absolute best route to go.
3. Parts Availability
This one is huge because when you put your vehicle through the rough terrain and harsh elements, eventually something is bound to break. If you're traveling and have something break a long way from home, you're going to want to have a vehicle with parts that can be readily available at a local parts store. There is nothing worse than being hundreds of miles from home and being stranded with your rig because you can't find anyone that carries the part you need.
4. Aftermarket Support
Of course, you're going to want to have aftermarket support. Most vehicles won't be able to do a ton off-roading in their stock form.
The last thing you want is to buy a vehicle with the intent to modify it, only to find out there is no support for that platform. Do some extra research and make sure there are off-roading parts out there for the vehicle you're looking at before you buy!
Some platforms may have small businesses making exclusive parts for that platform but they will cost quite a bit more than a vehicle with an abundance of aftermarket support. Which brings us to our last point.
5. Will This Fit Your Budget
This is probably the most important point. Obviously you're going to want to set a budget for yourself. Let's face it, our hobby isn't cheap.
You could buy a prebuilt vehicle and save yourself some time and money and just jump right into the activities
You can buy a vehicle that you want to build yourself because you love to work on vehicles and want to know exactly what has been done to your rig and when.
If there's one piece of advice that we can offer you, take whatever you think you want to spend on your vehicle and double it. There will be a lot of little issues that can come up when building your off-road machine so you want to be prepared to shell out a little extra money here and there to make sure that all of the things that you want to do to your vehicle can actually be done.
We hope this helped you get a plan together for buying your next rig. This can be a very exciting time but you have to make sure to look at everything before you just jump right in. We hope you find the perfect off-road rig to suit your needs! And when you do, be sure to add it to our gallery! Now go build your dreams!