We each have unique needs, take some time to be honest about how you will use your vehicle, where you would like to go, and be realistic about your budget. The space between desire and reality can be challenging. The links below may help you find the right ride for your adventures to come!
Gas or Diesel? Do your research, estimate your Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). This becomes a very personal and important decision
Will you be using your vehicle in countries/locations that do not offer Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD)? If so you will need to limit your search to vehicles that do not require ULSD.
Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)
Most diesel engines built from 2010 on also require DEF. Many countries do not have DEF readily available. This may also further limit your selections.
Estimate what your adventure vehicle will weigh. Remember water is >8 lbs/gallon! it is critical that we don't exceed the GVWR of the vehicle or bad things will happen...and usually at the most inopportune time! Even within vehicle models there are often many GVWR options. If you are unsure, check the sticker (usually located on a door pillar) which clearly lists the vehicles GVWR.
Usually a no-brainer, the answer is YES! Pay the extra and open up your exploration locations.
If you are looking for a used vehicle, pay close attention to the add on items and repairs/rebuilds that you may have to do to bring your vehicle up to the level of dependability and functionality that is needed to give the peace of mind that you have a dependable vehicle for your adventures. We are often tempted to spend more than our budget allows. Set your budget and stay within it. Consider the taxes and licensing fees as well.
Where will you be traveling? Is the model of your vehicle common in those areas? Your adventure vehicle will break, and you will need to get parts, some are easier to locate than others. If you have an uncommon platform, consider carrying replacement parts that are known to have high failure rates. We always carry extra fluids, filters, and of course a proper set of tools and supplies to get us through.