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Cheap 4×4 options to see you through Britain’s big freeze!

The snow is relentless, and whilst this makes for beautiful scenery and excitable children, it also makes for treacherous road conditions.  If you are not in walking distance from your workplace, this can be problematic and even dangerous.

You can however find yourself a used 4×4 for pretty cheap nowadays, and if we have more winters as bad as this to come, it will be money well spent. Here we will offer a few suggestions and attractive prices.

The Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is one of the reliable steeds of the motor world, and whilst it might not be flashy, it certainly does the job and it shouldn’t let you down. You can find Used CR-V’s for under £500 if you look hard enough, and for that price, it’s a steal.

The Mitsubishi Shogun
The Shogun is another beast in the motorworld, luckily for you; it is an easily tamed one. Many of the post 1999 models also feature an all-wheel-drive system whereby you can electronically switch between 2WD and 4WD and juggle between efficiency and performance when you need it. The shogun should breeze through the freeze and you should be able to pick one up from around £600 if you’re lucky.

The Dacia Duster
dacia duster
Who needs to buy used? Ok maybe the Dacia Duster isn’t that cheap, but at just 11 grand, you would be hard pushed to find a better deal on a brand new 4×4. Or you could wait for these cars to hit the Used Car Market; we imagine the prices will be jaw-droppingly low.

The Jeep Cherokee
jeep cherokee
One of the smaller 4x4s offered by Jeep, the Cherokee is a great option if you’re a fan of the Jeep brand as it’s not as pricey, but still includes many of the features which help made Jeep one of the ‘go-to’ off road brands. The Jeep has no fear, and should see you through most situations, though you might want to carry a few spare Jeep parts as it wasn’t particularly well made. If you can snap this baby up for under a grand second hand, it is well worth the money.

The Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 is one of our favourite cheap 4×4 options. What it lacks in style it makes up for in toughness and reliability; rumour has it the Toyota RAV4 has never failed an MOT check! Slight exaggeration? Sure, but the Toyota RAV4 is a superb, durable car which should see you coast over those slippy surfaces. As with the Shogun, the RAV4’s 4WD system is switchable. Get lucky and you could have a RAV4 for £600 pounds, though getting one for anywhere under £1,500 is still a bargain.
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This is just to name a few, and there are plenty of other 4×4 bargains out there to put your snow nerves at rest. It is also reading up on tips which improve your driving technique in icy conditions. You can also look into buying winter tyres, snow socks or snow chains which are also very helpful. Alternatively you can sledge to work.

Top 5 Getaway Vehicles

Planning on robbing a bank in the coming months? Join as we take a look back as some of the most successful getaway cars history has to offer.

No.5: The Mini Cooper
The Mini Cooper might not be the first car that comes to mind when you are thinking of hardened criminals, and it may not offer the blistering pace that is required to out run those meddling rozzers, but the cars agility will serve you well should you find yourself in a getaway situation. The film, ‘The Italian Job’ demonstrated the Mini Coopers getaway potential, though we aren’t sure that the film reflects reality too accurately. Buy a Second Hand Mini Cooper and start planning your heist today!

No.4: Marauder
If you are planning on stealing a small country, the Marauder could be for you, it’s a monster! It carries a team of 10, but we’re sure you could sneak one more in if you want to recreate Ocean’s 11. It features ballistic protection against projectiles up to STANAG 4569 Level III… We have no idea what that means, but it sounds impressive. It can withstand mines, TNT and it doesn’t handle potholes; it creates them.

Obviously then the Marauder would offer a bunch of advantages in a heist situation, it is hardly inconspicuous though and you may raise a few eyebrows when you bring the Marauder in for its Annual MOT Check.

No.3: The School Bus
Not your typical getaway vehicle, but Batman’s nemesis, the ‘Joker’, demonstrated in spectacular fashion how you can use your surroundings to your advantage in a heist situation. Planned to perfection, he slipped out of the bank he’d just robbed into a street where a convoy of yellow school busses were passing through, sneaking in amongst them without raising any eyebrows. We think his run of the mill bus-driver costume really sealed the deal though.

No.2: The 1934 Ford Fordor Deluxe Sedan
This car was made infamous in 1934 by the criminal couple; Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. After being used for a 2,500 mile crime spree, the V8 Ford is definitely worthy of our list. After a crime-spree which lasted two years (the Ford was used for under a month), the duo was stopped with fatal force when more than 100 bullets pierced the Ford. With such a dark story behind it, this Ford V8 has made its way into the history books and is often referred to as the death car. It is covered in bullet holes, so don’t expect to see it on any Used Car Sites.

No.1: Bulldozer
After mooning a gang of Hell’s Angels and throwing a puppy at them (as you do), a German student decided his best chance of escape came in the form of a stolen bulldozer from a nearby building site. Despite the bulldozers snail like pace which created a 5km tailback on the motorway, the German student eventually managed to get home before getting arrested by the police.

As far as the vehicle is concerned, we see this as a success. Thanks to its uniqueness and the bizarre story behind it, we felt the unsuspecting bulldozer deserved our number one spot.

Whilst all of these are indeed fantastic getaway cars, if you are actually planning on doing crime, I would also definitely suggest getting yourself a motorbike. I have extensive getaway experience on GTA and they are vary useful, especially if you are escaping in rush hour. Head over to buyyourmotorbike for more.