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Car tips & advice | 05.08.2014 - 14:45

Why Do City People Own Bakkies?

Instead of thinking of bakkies as belonging only to the rural areas, maybe it's time to think about what advantages it might have for us city-dwellers.

We take for granted the lives we live and the way our environments shapes and limits what we can do. Because so many of us live in the city, we often don’t think about mountain climbing; because we live landlocked, we don’t consider deep sea diving. Yet, this is merely a matter of transport, not mindset. To that extent, how we transport ourselves matters greatly. And few vehicles at better at allowing us to cross borders – real and conceptual – than bakkies.


Normally, we’d associate bakkies with those who live outside of the urban sprawl; vehicles used primarily in farms or areas requiring frequent heavy lifting. Yet, that assumes the urban areas don’t have the same kinds of requirements or that urban users don’t want some of the thing offered only in rural areas. There are many reasons, then, why people in the city buy, own and rent bakkies.


Heavy lifting, for example, is not limited to the rural, outside areas. Even obvious heavy building structures seem to be the most noticeable example.  After all the biggest structures – or at least the biggest one being built today – tend to be in urban centres. Bakkies aren’t going to carry the legs of the Eiffel Tower, of course, but they are necessary for transporting various construction tools, material, etc.


Indeed, its combination of space and compactness makes it ideal for urban areas, where transportation is necessary, common, and unavoidable. For example, bakkie owners have the benefit of not needing giant moving trucks to transport their goods. Only the truly large items require truck space, whereas most cabinets, couches, and even beds can be easily transported on the back of bakkies to new homes.


Being open doesn’t need to be a negative factor since owners need only look at the range of bakkie canopies available. This means that you might be limited by vertical space, you can still transport plenty of items while knowing they’re protected from weather, theft and so on.


Furthermore, bakkies allow you to weave between the urban city dweller and the rought outdoors person; aside from, say, transporting your various large, uncomfortably-sized climbing gear, bakkies tend to be able to withstand rough terrain normally difficult for other, non-off-road vehicles to traverse. Indeed, the bakkie itself opens up opportunities to travel to locations you otherwise would not, meaning it can act as a gateway to destinations not limited by being “urban” or “city”.


This could mean everything from camping to climbing, from biking to hiking. Specialised tools can be fitted into the open space to let you transport all manner of items, from bicycles to tents, more easily. And the easier something can be transported, the more you’ll feel it’s less of a burden to actually transport yourself.


And, since transport is the major barrier to expanding our interests and hobbies, this seems like an essential aspect for us. Though many might aim for small vehicles or sporty ones, there’s no reason not to consider a bakkie as a potential vehicle worth having – considering how much more it can do than the average sports car.

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