A national flag, a national anthem, a national plant: symbols that can fill a patriot’s heart with pride. Every country has its national treasures. Australia has a nationwide love-affair with itsnational vehicle, the ute. The ute is as Australian as a Didgeridoo and the Hills Hoist and you can count the Australian towns without one on one hand. What are the origins of the ute and where did the classic utility vehicle come from? How did it become the 'Vegemite' of the Car Industry ?
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The original coupé utility was designed by Ford in 1934. In legend, it was created by Ford in response to a letter from a Victorian farmer’s wife for a vehicle suitable for travelling to church on Sunday and taking sheep to market on Monday.
Although the original ute inspired by this letter was designed by Australian Lew Bandt, pick-up trucks (which are somewhat similar) had been sold around the Pacific for about a decade beforehand.
Holden got in on the act in the 1950s. It wasn’t long with Holden and Ford competing that the two-door passenger car with a tray at the back become commonplace, particularly in rural areas.
As a result, Australia’s ute has become a legend, celebrated in country songs and hundreds of ute musters. BMW recently even got in on the act creating a spoof ute vehicle, to celebrate April Fools' Day.
Driven by everyone from plumbers to pineappple farmers, utes are the great workhorses of the Australian motor scene. Taking out a car loan to buy one can be a great investment for small business owners, as they combine flexible transportation with a comfortable ride. Holden’s HSV Maloo with its powerful V8 engine has broken the speed record for a utility vehicle at 271 km/h.
Taking out car finance to buy a ute as a second vehicle can make practical sense. No sedan can provide the space a ute affords for carrying tools, sporting goods, farm equipment or your precious dirt bike on a weekend away in the bush. A standard van can potentially cost more in insurance and is much more difficult to clean and maintain than a ute. Just open the tray and spray your ute down !
As Lee Kernaghan put it in Baptise The Ute, “I saw the ute, I heard the voice, I knew I had to make her mine. Shiny and red on the showroom floor, I scratched my name on the dotted line.”
1800Approved can put the money in your pocket before you enter the showroom, giving you more bargaining power with a Ute pre-approval, securing you the best car loan deal from a wider market of lenders than the car showroom financiers.
Whether it’s a high-performance ute for day-to-day use with the occasional load, a practical work vehicle or a customised ute for your golf buggy and attending B&S balls, personalised Ute Finance from 1800Approved can bring that Australian dream a little closer to reality.
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