This query is possibly the last of several questions a prospective car buyer should be thinking about. The first question is the obvious one: Can I afford it?
Finance is always critical in our lives and it pays to be astute when it comes to making these momentous money decisions. The careful buyer will answer the funding question first. It helps of course if the vendor has a variety of finance options to suit, assuming that an outright cash buy is out of the equation, so the likelihood is that there will be a deal that suits the individual pocket with regard to deposits and monthly payments.
What Do I Want From A Car?
How many driven miles per week is an early consideration. If a car is to be used as a business tool or many miles are required for work and leisure then maybe a bigger, more comfortable car is the answer. It might possibly be a diesel, which, even today, is the more economical fuel for high mileage users.
That said, many of the new breed of petrol engines are also very capable of delivering a high miles-per-gallon figure, so does fuel frugality feature or will the mileage be restricted mostly to urban use? If so, a smaller petrol engine in a smaller town car will be the answer. It’s a question of primary use. A small car or crossover will be easier to park and be more nimble around town.
While the car is on the road, what will it do? Will it take children to school or events or will it be used for commuting? A medium-sized hatchback might fit the bill here. Enough room in the boot for sports kit and luggage. Conversely, if a vehicle is going to spend a lot of time in the countryside then maybe an SUV is the solution. Big and roomy, four-wheel drive models can cope better on winter roads and on muddy tracks.
Will it be a car for keen drivers? Many mainstream motors have performance options that can combine the thrill of driving with the more prosaic, practical needs of the motorist.
For something really sturdy a pick-up truck (yes, really) could suit. These days these heavy duty vehicles offer the sort of creature comforts we have come to expect from regular motors. What’s more, kids love them. The high ride coupled with a flatbed for bikes or fishing tackle makes for a commanding presence on the road.
The Final Choice
These then, are the things that car buyers think about. The cost, the running costs and the usage. It is all very well buying the car you want but is it the car you need? Every keen driver would love a sports car; the wind in the hair, the open road, but it isn’t really going to work if you can only take one member of the family out at any one time. Relationships have foundered on less.
Fortunately, there is a solution right here on these pages. With all the individual facts and figures to make an informed decision, we have a very wide selection of one-owner vehicles
to suit all pockets and needs and we offer a complete package from finance
to delivery to your door
. New year, new car? That’s something else to think about over the festive season.