Automatic Ute Vehicles
The ute is a smart and practical choice for those that need to transport large volumes of goods on a regular basis. With a large rear tray, they offer plenty of storage space in the rear. The most common utes on the market are from Ford and Holden but there are also a few imported models available. Australians have always loved the two seater ute due to its strong performance and practicality and you can shop from a wide range of right hand drive automatic utes on the used market.What is a Ute?
A ute is also known as a utility vehicle. They are commonly used by tradespeople and farmers as well as surfers, holiday makers and those that need to transport goods on a regular basis. They are defined by a large rear cargo tray and a covered cabin in the front. Unlike a station wagon, the ute is easier to load as the tray is open to the elements. Keep in mind that you can opt to fit a hard/soft cover or ute cargo net for added safety and security, and some vehicles may already come with a tonneau cover or canopy. They are designed to carry heavy loads so they also feature upgraded components that are more durable than those found on passenger vehicles. Another major attraction to utes is the ability to wash out the tray, making them very convenient for commercial use. The ute has been synonymous with Australia for decades and both Holden and Ford have offered locally made examples over the years. Most utes feature seating for two, though occasionally there is a bench seat that can accommodate a third passenger. Some utes may have an extra cab in the rear which can accommodate another 2 or 3 people.Engine Type
Because they are designed to carry heavy loads, most utility vehicles will be equipped with either a V6 or V8 engine. Both engines will offer good performance but the V6 will provide better fuel economy. The V8 is a great choice if you are carrying heavier items or plan to tow and you would prefer to have some extra power under the bonnet. Diesel engines are a better choice for towing as they provide more torque. But petrol engines are also a good choice and vehicles with a petrol engine are usually slightly cheaper.Sports Models Vs Commercial Models
There are many different types of utes to choose from. Some of them will feature a sports body kit, colour coded tray and alloy wheels, along with a few other features. If you are looking for a vehicle for commercial use, then you may like to save some money and opt for a simple ute which has an aluminium tray. These utes are available at a cheaper price and are designed to cope with heavy duties. They will not show scratches and dents as much as a sports model ute.Year Model of Utes
You should pay attention to the year model and general condition of the vehicle you are interested in. Whilst utes are generally considered to be very reliable and tough, it is important that they have been maintained in accordance with the logbook. Later model utes will have advanced features such as ABS as well as comforts such as air conditioning, cruise control, inbuilt GPS and more. If you can, you should always take the car for a test drive or have a mechanic conduct a thorough inspection before finalizing the purchase.