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Beach buggies, also known as dune buggies are made for fun. Buggies are usually lightweight vehicles with a good amount of power, and are often used for cruising or even racing along beaches or on dune banks. Many newer buggies have been made with a more off-road use in mind and there are even some for indoor racing. If you are looking to buy a new or used beach buggy, it is always best to research its primary use; else they may be uncomfortable or unfit for off-road use. There is a long history of using beach buggies in South Africa, especially in Cape Town where you can find many beach buggy clubs.
The VW Beetle influence
The name ""buggy"" comes from the conception of the vehicles. Many of the buggies are actually based on the Volkswagen Beetle chassis and parts, and a popular term for the Volkswagen Beetle is the ""Bug,"" which is the inspiration for the name ""buggy."" It is likely that any new or used beach buggy you buy will contain Beetle parts. The rear-mounted engine helps add traction to the rear driven wheels. The air-cooled engine found in Beetles is simplified over other engines and the abundance of used parts and lower prices helps keep the cost down.
These buggies are often made using buggy kits bought from companies dedicated to buggy manufacturing. These are usually based on the VW Beetle chassis. Builders of beach buggies will either use the kit or start from scratch, welding metal frames to fit their own designs, such as sandrails, which are made solely for driving on sand. Because of this, it is important to check a used beach buggy thoroughly before purchasing it. There are also many brands of buggy built by manufacturers such as Route Buggy, a company local to Cape Town, BeamBug, which also supplies car kits and parts. Many buggies come with a fibreglass body to cover the engine and inner parts, while others have an open chassis and a roll cage.
A beach buggy can be a great purchase for a family or a couple. They are available in 2 or 4-seaters and engines of all sizes to suit all needs. With a beach buggy you can make the most of the beach and the weather without any hassle.