During wartime, even a civilian does not need the cars that were valued in peacetime.

Note that we are not talking here about transport for reconnaissance raids or to evacuate the wounded, but rather about a practical car “for every day”. Let’s try to give some tips for choosing a car from the standpoint of suitability for everyday use in conditions where the service is limited, the roads are broken, and the fuel quality is questionable.

The Marauder is slightly slower than the Cougar MRAP but its drive range exceeds the earlier


Taking into consideration that under present conditions you may need to transport something unexpected – firewood, furniture, cement, etc. – it is desirable to have a body as versatile as possible. A station wagon with a high roof with folding seats would be best, but such architecture may seem too utilitarian for many motorists. So a classic station wagon would be a more acceptable solution. A hatchback or liftback is not as practical because of less interior space, but still better than a sedan in this regard.

Important! During the war, you can not always use the services of professional carriers, so during this period, it is worth buying the most practical car.

We should clarify that many crossovers, although they actually have a body-type wagon, in fact, do not have a large useful volume inside. Because there are often large spare wheels, four-wheel-drive units, complex exhaust systems, and tricky suspensions under the bottom of the cabin and trunk.

And one more purely military nuance, which should be considered by those who are going to move between settlements. From the experience of the first days of the war, it is known that metal vans without windows are almost always stopped at checkpoints and are meticulously inspected.

For the same reason, tinted windows in the vehicle cannot be considered an advantage – when the military cannot see who and what is in the interior, they perceive such a vehicle as a threatening object. This is worth keeping in mind even when you rent a BMW car. All rental services in Dubai work in regular conditions, so it’s possible for everyone to rent any car. Lots of models are available currently, and the price is affordable.

If you are a volunteer

Regarding the type of body should separately talk about such a purpose of the car, as a volunteer activity. People who help the army, often have to transport bulky cargo, including away from the asphalt highways.

For transporting bulky cargo in a country where military operations are underway, a minibus is well suited. But its maintenance is more expensive than for family minivans.

Perhaps the first place in practicality for volunteers will be the minivan. If for ordinary citizens this type of body has such a disadvantage as increased attention from the officers on duty at roadblocks, then for volunteers and the military it is not so essential. However, it is necessary to consider that more or less large vans are the category of “buses”, that is commercial transport, which maintenance is more expensive than for light family cars.

The advantages of the pickup are in its stock of durability and cross-country ability. Also in its ability to carry something cumbersome.

The pickup in its original form without a body canopy, we would not recommend to ordinary owners – because of the vulnerability of the cargo. But this disadvantage is leveled when it will be used by volunteers and the military. To the advantages of pickups, except for a good margin of safety, should be added a high cross-country ability, because almost all vehicles of this class have a serious 4×4 transmission.

Final recommendation

I do not call the readers to immediately change their comfortable and safe family cars and even SUVs for aggressive pickups and crossovers with big wheels. Now, we sincerely hope that there will always be the usual hatchbacks, sedans, and parkettes on public roads. But if today someone needs a car for urgent needs, it is better to choose it with an eye on the above-mentioned principles.

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