Four wheel drive: HIRE or BUY?

So you've been bitten by the off road bug.  Had a taste, like the sand between your toes and the wide open spaces.  Trouble is, you've traveled in the back seat with a mate and you're now thinking "I can do this!".

The amount of people who want to "buy a fourbie" after hiring one for Fraser Island or to explore the local attractions around Rainbow Beach is on quite a regular basis.  And some of them have!  So if you're weighing up one against the other here's what we think:

  • Put your toe in.  If you're trying before buying then hiring a vehicle (and sorry we are a little Toyota biased) is a sensible idea.  You get a feel for the vehicle's off road, performance, reliability and comfort.
  • Staying on the road well traveled.  If doing the occasional off road trip to take family and friends then buying a four wheel drive is not viable.  Maintenance and running costs are considerable and because we as the hire company take all the guess work out of your off road experience it's an all round package without the hassle.