For a personal car or a family car, utes are often not regarded as the “preferred choice.” Usually, we go for minivans, SUVs, autos, etc. However, there comes a time when we will need utes compared to other types of cars.
Ute is a term used in Australia referring to vehicles that have an open back, commonly called ‘pick up truck’ in other countries (see more). These vehicles were designed to carry anything heavy or big that you may not be able to carry through minivans and other vehicles that don’t have an open cargo area in the rear.
Common Brands And Models Of Utes
Here’s a quick list of Utes that you’ll often find for hire!
Ford Ranger – automatic or manual; diesel fuel; rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive 4WD
Great Wall Steed – Manual; petrol and diesel fuel; RWD or 4WD
Holden Colorado – automatic or manual; diesel fuel; rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive 4WD
Isuzu D-MAX – automatic or manual; diesel fuel; rear-wheel drive or (4WD)
LDV T60 – automatic or manual; diesel fuel; 4WD
Mazda BT-50 – automatic or manual; diesel fuel; rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive 4WD
Mitsubishi Triton – automatic or manual; petrol and diesel fuel; rear-wheel drive or 4WD
Nissan Navara – automatic or manual; petrol and diesel fuel; rear-wheel drive or 4WD
SsangYong Musso – automatic or manual; uses diesel fuel and is a 4WD
Toyota Hilux – automatic or manual; petrol and diesel fuel; rear-wheel drive or 4WD
Volkswagen Amarok – automatic; diesel fuel, rear-wheel drive
Volkswagen Transporter – automatic, manual, and Dual Clutch (DCT); diesel; Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
Ute For Hire?!
As mentioned earlier, most families don’t choose utes as a family car. If ever there comes a time that they would need to transport heavy materials or any need for a ute, the best option is to rent. There are different companies offering rentals like ute hire CVG, Thrifty, Hertz, and other rental companies. They offer both short-term and long-term rentals. You may ask for a quotation from them during the inquiry.
CVG offers utes for rental like
- Toyota Hilux
- Mitsubishi Triton GLX
- Ford Ranger Dual Cab
- Ford Ranger Single Cab
- Isuzu Dmax Cab Chassis
- Isuzu Dmax Dual Cab
- Isuzu Dmax Single Cab
- Toyota Land Cruiser Ute
- Mitsubishi Triton Dual Cab
Other than Utes, CVG also offers other car-type rentals like vans and trucks. For their vans, they have Toyota HiAce LWB, Renault Master LWB, and many more!
Thrifty offers car rental of different types like minivan, SUVs, convertibles, utes, and trucks. They have Ford Mustangs for a convertible. For their SUVs, they have Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Sta. Fe, etc.; For their vans, they have Ford Transit, Nissan NV2500, etc.; and they also have economy rentals where they offer Chevrolet Spark.
Hertz also offers different types of cars and trucks for rentals. They have a van, bus, 4WD, ute, and trucks for rent.
Ute Variants (Body Styles)
There are three body styles for ute: single cab, dual cab, and extra cab. Each differs in appearance and function.
This is also called a single cab chassis and is the most typical style. It comprises two seats, two doors, and a tray at the back. This is designed to carry heavy loads and towing capacities.
Also known as Double Cab. This style has a dual cabin (so the name says). It comprises four doors and at least four seats. Because of the extra seats, the back part cargo area is shorter compared to that of the single cab.
Chasses are not exposed to this style. This is also the popular style. However, payload capacity is lesser than single cabs.
Also called the Super Cab, or to others, it is the King Cab or the Space cab. This is the ‘in between’ body style of the single and dual cabs. We can say that it has four doors and four seats but not entirely because the size of the two doors and two seats are half the usual. This is designed for convenience. You may put either extra stuff in there or have a person sit (this might be an uncomfortable ride for a bigger person, remember the size is half).
This style has long rear cargo that is longer than that of the dual-cab but not longer than that of the single cab.
Flat Deck And Wellside Utes
Other than the three body styles of the ute, there are also two types of its rear: flat and well side. The flat deck has removable sides, while the wellside has a molded tray that is not removable.
Most people like a flat deck since it is said to be lighter than a truck and tougher than a car: it is also fuel-efficient. Also, with a flat deck, it will be easier to load the goods or equipment you are transporting and just strap it down. Also, if you will be carrying soil, stone, or anything alike, it would be easy to unload having the removable sides.
Reminders When Using Ute
When you carry your materials in the cargo area of the vehicle, you have to make sure you protect them from the weather. You need to have it covered, especially if it is sensitive and will be damaged by too much heat from the sun or rain. Also, make sure it is tightly strapped and secured to avoid it from falling while in travel. Other than falling, it might also be at risk of possible theft.
- Utes are best for carrying heavy loads and other materials.
- There are different brands and types to choose from.
- Utes have different body styles to choose from depending on your need or preference (link: https://www.caradvice.com.au/636389/ute-mega-test-how-do-tubs-stack-up/).
- There are rental companies in Australia providing utes of different types, styles, and brands.
We can say that we cannot determine the best type of utes because choosing the ute that you want to rent would always depend on your need for it. Details are presented in this article for you to have choices, but it is for you to determine which one would suit your current need depending on what you will be transporting and how you want it transported.