Feel confident behind the wheel in all conditions...
WITH the Great British weather more unpredictable than ever, any time of year has become a good time to be driving around in a 4x4 or Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).
Whether you're tackling flooded roads, snow and ice, pot-holed lanes or pitted farm tracks, South Devon throws up a wide variety of driving conditions.
Looking down from the cab of a 4x4 can be very reassuring.
While they may not be the cheapest to run, 4x4s suffer little or no depreciation during the winter months when other cars see prices fall.
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Three-year-old vehicles are generally considered a good bet in terms of value. And diesels are usually the best bet for holding on to their value.
Choice is growing all the time and you should be able to find something to fit every budget.
In this part of the world we are fortunate to have a number of reliable dealers with a good selection of used 4x4s on our doorstep.
Denbury Diesels, at Abbotskerswell, on the Totnes Road out of Newton Abbot, is a great example of a specialist car and 4x4 dealer, who now also stock the new Great Wall Steed pick up range.
Mike Perryman started working on diesel vehicles back in 1968, and for three generations has continued to develop and expand the business, culminating in a move to its purpose-built site in 2001.
Daughter, Tracy, joined the company the following year, allowing Mike to spend more time to source the huge selection of diesels on site, with a good choice of 4x4s always available.
Tracy said: "As Grampy Norm would have said, 'If we haven't got it, we will find it for you!'
Tracy added: "Service with intregrity is our company motto and we look forward to greeting all our customers new and old as friends.
"Just how many Denbury Diesels wheel covers have you spotted on 4x4s in your area?" she asked.
Denbury Diesels are proud to be the local 'Great Wall' Dealership for South Devon, a brand which has introduced a rugged and durable double cab pick up truck, The Steed.
The majority of 4x4s sold in the UK are from the compact 4x4 sector.
These 'soft-roaders' typically take-up no more space on the road than the average family saloon and are packing modest petrol or diesel powerplants.
Manufacturers have forsaken some of the off-road ability in order to build in a more comfortable on-road ride and more accurate handling, although most will still cope well with light forays off the beaten track.
Family 4x4s can feature an additional row of seating in the rear, boosting capacity to as many as seven people. Increasingly, they also incorporate MPV-style seating systems where the individual chairs slide, fold or lift out altogether to give greater flexibility to the cabin space. Legroom in the middle row tends to be adequate but the rear seating in most models is best reserved for smaller children.
The luxury 4x4 sector is populated by vehicles which attempt to bring the refinement and lofty specifications of high-end saloon cars to the 4x4 market. Expect painstakingly crafted interiors swathed in leather and decked out with a raft of hi-tech gadgetry. In this sector, as with luxury saloon cars, badge equity is key and most of the top prestige marques are represented