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Choosing The Perfect Car For Country Living

26 Oct , 2016  

We’ve all dreamt up getting away from it all and moving to the country. The peace and quiet, wide open spaces and lush fields. Not to mention being able to get away from that unbearable city traffic.

But the countryside is a very different place with a wide range of road conditions. Here are just a few tips for making sure that you pick the right car for your new life in the country.




Not every SUV will be ideal

You might think that a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) is the perfect choice for driving through the countryside. But, despite their large, sturdy design, many SUVs struggle when you take them out of the city, especially modern softy crossover types. Appearances can be deceiving, and there’s a decent chance that the wrong SUV could leave you stuck in the mud.

When choosing an SUV for the country, make sure to check some crucial details. Being a fully blown 4X4 is an absolute must, especially when winter rolls around and you need to navigate those treacherous, icy roads.


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Check your boot space

Why live out in the country if you’re not going to take advantage of the wide open spaces for day trips out and about? A generous boot is essential for packing up camping, picnics and road trips alike.

In the city, you can pick up a few bits from the local Tesco, but when you live out in the country, you’re going to want to stock up!


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What’s it like to drive?

Cars handle differently over varying terrain, thats a given. But the winding roads and environments of the countryside are a far cry from the neat tarmac plains of a city.

So give the car you’re looking to buy a test off road, or through some winding B roads. It makes sense.

When you do buy the vehicle, perhaps think about using something like Shiply car transport service to deliver it. It will save you time and you can look for vehicles further afield without the hassle of returning to drive it back.



The joy of the countryside is getting away from it all. But that does include getting away from mechanics and garages. This means the last thing you want is a car that’s liable to break down every 500 miles.

Finding a reliable car that will stand up to the harsh conditions of countryside driving is essential. It also helps to brush up on your basic car knowledge so that you can do everything possible to keep your vehicle running.


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How does it feel?

All these things are important, but when it comes down to it, you don’t drive a car in the countryside just to get from A to B. You do it to see the beautiful English landscape flying past, to go on adventures, to rescue fellow motorists when the going gets tough. 

Follow our advice to find the right sort of car for the countryside. But in the end, only when you’re behind the wheel will you know if the car is right for you.


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