Buying a used car is and should be a pleasure, that’s why people work hard to earn the money needed. Most potential car buyers are understandably first attracted to looks and it is easy to be swayed by automotive beauty, but in the real world the considerations need to go much further. Boring though it may seem, the question that primarily needs to be asked is, ‘What do I want this car for’?
Thinking It Through
For example, driving a McLaren sports car is certainly thrilling, but hardly practical when there’s a family to carry or a broken cupboard to take to the tip. Conversely, other vehicles might have more room inside than the Tardis but have all the driving dynamics of the shed at the end of your garden; something that might be important to someone who loves piloting a car.
Some buyers will want to save money long-term and put economy first with a small. thrifty engine. Other folk might be mostly concerned about a car’s effect on the planet and will consider emissions to be the most important feature so instead of a regular petrol or diesel powered car, maybe a hybrid variant would be the better choice. For the next person, it will be performance or space or flexibility and so on. It’s a long term commitment, like a marriage, so it’s important to get it right first time.
It helps then to have all the facts available. When visiting a dealer it is easy to pose all the pertinent questions but that perfect used car
might be many miles away so it helps if the vendor features all the relevant facts and figures to aid the decision-making.
Most of all though, it’s about owner satisfaction. Most of us only buy one car at a time and, like an article of clothing, it needs to be the right fit. So for very tall people or others perhaps less so, it’s important to check that the driver’s seat has ample vertical and horizontal movement.
Moving on, does the steering wheel have enough rake and reach adjustment? When the steering wheel is set to preference, does it then obscure the dials causing the driver to have to duck their head to view the readings? Are all the controls situated conveniently? Does the on-board technology have all that is required, like navigation? If not, then this particular vehicle might not be quite the right fit. There may be other models or brands not previously considered that better fit the bill.
Finally, when considering all the aspects of a car it’s easy to overlook debatably the most important point: how does it drive? Does the steering feel good? The most important thing is that the drive is a pleasure. There is still room on our highways to enjoy the act of driving, especially on a nice day on an open road, at one with the motor. That’s why the test drive
is so important. Here at eCars247 we understand that this is an important consideration. That’s why we offer all our customers a whole two weeks extended trial period.