The year 2018 might prove to be the Year of the Ute – at least in Australia where more utes were bought last June than any other month in the entire motoring history of the said country. For those who don’t know what a ute is, it looks like a car at first glance until you see a small cargo tray in its back that makes it look like a mini pickup. Its uniqueness might be why you bought a ute yourself.

Did you know that you can replace the default cargo tray of your ute with a customized one? To convince you to make the switch, here are a few reasons why you should use customized ute trays:

 

  • Customized ute trays can increase your ute’s cargo loading space.

 

Your ute’s default tray may be enough to handle small cargo, such as groceries or farm produce. But what if you have to carry long planks of wood or huge furniture using your ute?

You can save yourself the embarrassment of carrying around stuff that’s jutting awkwardly on the back of your ute by having its default bed replaced with a customized tray specially built for long and large cargo.

 

  • Customized ute trays can be tailor-made according to your specific cargo loading, unloading, and securing needs.

 

Your ute’s default tray might have its only door located at the back, which you may find bothersome as you’ll have to turn around just to load and unload cargo. Or it might not have any part where you can tie a rope to secure your cargo from falling while you’re driving.

If you feel that loading and unloading cargo from the sides of your ute’s cargo tray is more practical as you don’t have to walk all the way to the back, you can have a customized ute tray built with drop sides that you can lock and unlock. You can even have the drop sides built a bit higher than the usual to prevent your cargo from jutting out.

If you tie your cargo often, you can have a customized ute tray built with a pair of tie rails attached to its left and right sides. It’s entirely up to you how many and how long you want your customized ute tray’s tie rails to be.

 

  • Customized ute trays can be fitted with additional parts that may not be suitable for your ute’s default cargo tray.

 

Compared to your ute’s default cargo bed, a customized ute tray is more versatile. You can have a toolbox added either under or on top of it. You can have a canopy added to it as well if you’re transporting livestock or any other animals with your ute.

Compared to the average car, a ute is a more practical choice for a vehicle – especially if you often have to carry stuff that won’t fit in the interior. You don’t have to get stuck with the default cargo tray that came along with your ute when you first bought it, though. You can swap the cargo bed of your ute for something customized just like these ute trays. If you’re hesitant to have the said alteration done to your ute, the above-listed reasons why you should use customized ute trays should ease your worries. After all, you want to make the most of your ute, and a customized ute tray can help you with that.

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Emily Muelford

Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.

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