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Frequently Asked Questions about Unimogs

As the UK's largest dealer in Mercedes Unimogs, we have customers from many different industries, including forestry, farming, landscaping, tree surgery, contracting and mining. Below are brief answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions:

How are Unimogs registered?
What is the towing capacity of a Unimog?
What is the maximum road speed of a Unimog, and what is the fuel consumption like?
Do you export Unimogs?
Do I need an Operators Licence to drive a Unimog?
Can I drive a Unimog on a normal driving licence?
Are all Unimogs left hand drive?
What is a general price guide for the Unimog?
What about maintenance?
What is the advantage of a Unimog over other work vehicles?
What equipment can be fitted to a Unimog?
Why buy from Atkinson Vos?

How are Unimogs registered?

Unimogs are usually registered as agricultural tractors, which means that road tax is currently free for the year. The use of red diesel in some cases is also applicable, but this is largely dependent on the kind of work you are doing. Our Unimogs are generally imported from the Continent and can have age related number plates, or can be registered on a "Q" plate.

What is the towing capacity of a Unimog?

The larger Unimogs will tow up to approximately 20 tons on a properly balanced trailer. Obviously the towing capacity also largely depends upon the horse power of the Unimog and the vehicle weight.

What is the maximum road speed of a Unimog, and what is the fuel consumption like?

Generally a Unimog will travel comfortably on the road at around 50-55mph. This will depend on what you are towing and the type of surface you are driving on. Unimogs will usually achieve around 15 miles to the gallon unloaded, but again, this is dependent on what work you are doing.

Do you export Unimogs?

We export all over the world on a regular basis. We can export using the roll-on roll-off procedure or by using secure containers either partially or fully filled. Just tell us where your nearest port is and we'll get back to you with a competitive quotation.

Do I need an Operators Licence to drive a Unimog?

If a Unimog is taxed agricultural then an Operators Licence is not usually required. If the Unimog is to be taxed as an HGV used for commercial purposes then an Operators License will be needed.

Can I drive a Unimog on a normal driving licence?

If the Unimog is taxed agricultural then it can be driven on a normal UK driving licence. Special licences may be needed for Unimogs in other taxation classes.

Are all Unimogs left hand drive?

The majority of Unimogs are left hand drive. However, occasionally a right hand drive Unimog is available. Right hand drive conversion kits are available, but these are not straight forward, are not particularly seen as an advantage as right hand drive models only have two man cabs. If you are interested in converting a Unimog to right hand drive please see our 'Accessories' section.

What is a general price guide for the Unimog?

For a Round Cab Unimog (U900/U1100) you can generally expect to pay up to 8000. For a Square Cab Unimog prices start at around 7500. The price depends very much on condition and specifications, rather than the age of a machine. Unimogs also have a low depreciation value. The figures quoted are very much ball park figures and each machine is tailored to suit individual customer needs. For more details please see the UNIMOG STOCK LIST which includes guide prices for each machine.

What about maintenance?

Routine maintenance on a Unimog is straight forward as long as it is done regularly. Oil, water, brakes, hydraulics, steering, tyres and filters should be checked at least once a month. Service parts are not expensive, a full set of brake pads for smaller mogs are 85, big mogs 185. We can supply new, or good second hand parts on a next day delivery service. We break Unimogs down, therefore we have spares for most Unimog models available on-site. Workshop Manuals in English are available, a comprehensive 2 Ring Binder Manual for 170, and small owners handbooks are available for 35, these are a worthwhile investment for any Unimog owner. We offer a fully mobile service and can undertake any service or repair work on any Unimog or MB Trac.

What is the advantage of a Unimog over other work vehicles?

As well as it’s excellent off road capabilities (a Unimog is more at home on rough terrain than any other vehicle), its capacity to be driven along the road at 50mph is a big selling point of the Unimog. Its versatility offers a distinct advantage – many different implements and attachments can be added to the mounting areas on the front, middle and rear of the Unimog to make it specialised for a specific job e.g. pick-up hitch for towing applications. These implements can easily be removed when not in use or to fit an alternative item which maintains the flexibility of the Unimog. They can be used all year round and are much more cost effective than comparable systems when speed, ease of use and maintenance are taken into consideration. Unimogs optimise efficiency when there is a need to get the job done within a short time frame – i.e. during harvesting, maintenance operations.

What equipment can be fitted to a Unimog?

Unimogs can be equipped with 2-speed PTO’s front and rear as well as engine speed PTO’s suitable for powering hydraulic pumps etc. Front and rear 3-point linkages and pick-up hitches are also available. The standard rear body of the Unimog has the facility for 3-way tipping. All kinds of auxiliary equipment has been fitted to the Unimog including drilling rigs, cranes, access platforms and many others – if there is
a job to be done; then there will be a Unimog doing it.

Why buy from Atkinson Vos?

We are a well-established and trusted independent dealer of used Mercedes Unimogs. We have an expert knowledge of Unimogs and will always give you the best personal advice. We pride ourselves on offering a high level of customer service at all times and our prices are considerably cheaper than Mercedes Benz. We supply Unimogs and parts to private and commercial customers all over the world and have many years experience in importing and exporting. Our mechanics are fully trained to repair and service Unimogs and we are one of the biggest breakers of Unimogs in the world which means be have a huge stock of spares and second hand parts. We aim to make each transaction as fuss free as possible and to efficiently repair all vehicles that come into our workshop.