What Is The Right Car For You?
Posted on , by Robert Pattison
Today, when the market is flooded with the domestic and foreign cars, making a decision on which car to buy may be a challenge.
Here are several steps to help you find the right car for you;
- First of all, consider your needs. Do not act on impulse and buy a car that’s popular or just looks good. It will cost you a lot of money and you will be back in the dealership looking for another one. There are different types of vehicles on the market; people movers, cargo, passenger, sports and recreational…think which one will satisfy your needs for the list cost; your needs and car price are the two most important factors when looking for a right car.
- Consider the technical characteristics; manual or automatic transmission, 4 wheel drive or all well drive, engine size, gas mileage, passenger capacity and the cargo handling ability.
- Consider safety, what can you afford and what is the quality per dollar that a particular vehicle offers.
- Consider cost of owning a vehicle. Right car should not break the bank. A rule o thumb is to have car payments budgeted to be less than 20% of you take home income.
- Once you have considered all previous factors, hit the web, do your research. There was a time when the customers had to go in to the dealership to find the right car; not any more. Internet offers unique and very convenient ways to find the perfect car for you ensuring that it meets all your needs. You don’t have the added pressure from the sales man and objective information is available at your fingertips.
- Once you have done the research and found your car, consider several different manufacturers in the same vehicle class. The reason for this is that, some cars may depreciate faster than others while offering the same value to a consumer.
- Remember, cost of a vehicle is not limited to its sales price. Depreciation and resale value are the key components of finding a car that matches your needs.
Once you have identified cars that you want, it is time to test-drive. Arrange the time to do all your test-drives on the same day. Driving multiple vehicles one after another, will give you the ability to better identify the positives and negatives of each manufacturer and make a better decision on which car meets your needs the best.
There are multiple car finder websites that will help making a decision easy for you, but remember, nothing beats using common sense. No one knows what you want better than you. Take the time and consider all your needs; technical, financial and esthetical of course. Do not buy something that you will be ashamed to drive. Manufacturers today offer multiple modifications and designs that will fit every need of a car buyer.
The most important thing to consider when finding the right car is what is it that you are going to be doing with it and how much will it cost you to buy and maintain the vehicle that you choose to own.