Are you you shopping for a new (or used) car? When you are in the market for a new vehicle you can be very overwhelmed. There seems to be endless amounts of information about what car you should buy but with a purchase this expensive it is important you pick the car right for you. So here are some tips for picking the right car for you.
One of the first decisions you need to make when buying a new vehicle is what size do you want or need. Firstly, how many people will you usually be transporting. If you have a family of 6, that sexy two door coupe is probably not a good pick but maybe a nice full sized SUV or minivan could do the trick. If you traveling with 4 or less maybe a 4-door commuter sedan would be a great economical way to get around town. If you want to learn more on the pros and cons, check out this post about big cars versus small cars.
Electric or Gas?
Ten years ago this was not a question most car shoppers were thinking about. But the future is here and deciding early whether you are buying electric, gas, or a hybrid is a one of the biggest tips for picking the right car. This choice usually comes down to two factors, economics and environmental concerns. Usually hybrid cars get better gas-mileage therefore polluting less and saving you money in the long run but be careful as this is not always the case. Look carefully at the government related fuel efficiency of the vehicle, there are still efficient gasoline powered cars that are more efficient than hybrids, especially when you compare sedans to hybrid SUVs. If you really want to cut fuel costs and environmental impact you may consider a full electric vehicle. Up until recently this has been a very select market but with major manufacturers now shipping completely electric vehicles and the recent announcement of the upcoming affordable Tesla, the options for electric vehicles are better than ever. So if you are looking to buy a new car you should definitely consider a hybrid or electric vehicle, the initial “sticker-shock” will often be off-set by long-term fuel savings.
Make Sure You Love it
So far my tips for picking the right car have focused on more practical matters like size and fuel economy. I have neglected one important factor, do you love it? That’s right; with a purchase so major it is important that you like the car you are about to buy. Make sure you are happy with the way it handles, were the radio knobs are, how comfortable the seats are, and what color it is. You will be spending a lot of time and money with this car so you should be happy with it.
I hope these tips for picking the right car will come in handy next time you car shopping. May you vehicle shopping experience be as hassle free and wallet friendly as possible.