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A beach buggy, sometimes called a dune buggy, is a recreational vehicle. It is designed to be lightweight, with large wheels and wide tyres, making it perfect for speeding around on sand. Buggies normally have an open chassis, with a sturdy roll bar frame. Driving a beach buggy is a lot of fun, and owning in South Africa enables you to traverse landscapes where other types of vehicle would struggle.

Types of Beach Buggies

Beach buggies come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. However, their construction generally falls into one of two categories: tube-framed and fibreglass. Both types of buggy are light and fast, and overall performance can be tailored based on the owner's needs. Gears can be manual or automatic.

Tube-Framed

Tube-framed buggies are the most common. They are made from an open tube frame chassis. The frame is robust, and easy to repair.

Fibreglass

Some beach buggies are constructed with fibreglass bodies. Using fibreglass means the buggy is still very light, but the driver is more enclosed. The fibreglass bodywork opens up more opportunities for customisation with decals and paint. However, fibreglass adds expense to the buggy, and the bodywork can be damaged relatively easily.

Buying a Beach Buggy

Most beach buggies are bought as a kit, or built from scratch. This enables the owner to create the buggy to suit his or her purposes exactly. Unfortunately, a new beach buggy can be expensive, and this high cost of entry can be prohibitive for some people. Luckily, it is quite easy to find a second hand beach buggy in South Africa, as they are incredibly popular leisure vehicles. The previous owner will have constructed a second hand beach buggy, and he or she may have designed it with a specific purpose in mind.

If you are buying a used beach buggy, it is important to examine the buggy before any money changes hands. In particular, pay attention to the tyres. Extensive wear on the tyres may indicate that the suspension on the vehicle needs attention, the tyres themselves need replacing, or the previous owner has driven the buggy recklessly. You should also check the buggy's frame for obvious cracks and repairs.