Sales of 4x4 vehicles on the rise

Falling prices have led to an upsurge in the sale of second-hand 4x4 pick-ups, auction data show.

While values spent much of 2008 in decline and well below the average as calculated by vehicle valuation data provider CAP, they have been climbing steadily since December for both lifestyle and workhorse models and are now ahead of CAP, according to British Car Auctions (BCA)

Duncan Ward, head of BCA's commercial vehicle sales, said: "The 4x4 double-cab sector was hit extremely hard last year and although prices have recovered well, these vehicles can still look very good value for money to the right buyer.

"Lifestyle vehicles still need to be pristine, however, and fully loaded to achieve the best values, while working examples should not be over travelled and again in good condition."

Falling prices last year helped these vehicles reach a wider audience than previously, with caravanners and rural pursuits enthusiasts deciding to get their hands on 4x4s in order to fulfil their off-road needs.

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