Your car may be the second largest purchase you make in your
lifetime. You must take your time and not let it become an
impulse decision. Before you go out browsing dealer lots consider
How will I use my new car, truck or sport utility vehicle?
A mini-van will fit fine in a large family but might be
out of place in a singles life. Do you go off-road a lot
but still like to carry more than 2 passengers, go for
the SUV. Trucks have come along way with most comforts
available in today's truck rivaling luxury cars. But do
you really need that to carry construction equipment to
the job site? If you do not go off-road, do not buy a
4 wheel drive truck. The extra weight will only decrease
gas mileage and increase maintenance costs. Afraid of
the snow? Look to the variety of AWD vehicles on the market
which provide excellent traction in the snow and also
more economical operation. Take a serious look at your
life and find the vehicle that most compliments your lifestyle.
Color choices. This is a personal preference but rational
can come into play. In warmer climates, a lighter colored
car will stay cooler. Certain cars are easier to keep
clean. White and black are the worst while tan, silver,
and brown hide dirt quite well.
Interior options. Do you need the heated seats? Well
that depends on where you live and how much winter driving
you do. Leather seats can be unbearable in the summer
months and generally harder to maintain. Do you listen
to music often? The premium sound system might be a great
idea if you do, however if you only listen to talk radio
then the standard system will be more than enough.
Insurance rates. Take into consideration the insurance
rates before you start you car buying quest. A Honda may
be significantly cheaper to insure than the Ferrari that
caught your eye last week. Talk with your insurance agent
to find out about how cars are classified. Sports cars
generally raise premiums while family cars tend to lower
Who will service the vehicle? Having a dealership close
by can be a blessing. If there are no dealerships nearby,
buy a domestic car which most mechanics can work on. It
is also important to examine the warranty offered before
making a decision.
I hope the few comments and suggestions above have given
you some things to think about. Never rush into a new or used
car purchase. Always take some time to think it over. If it
helps, get out a piece of paper and write down the pros and
cons of all the vehicle you are considering. Writing down
this information is often all you need to get you thinking
practically and on your way to making a good selection.
About The Author
Kevin Schappell maintains http://www.autoeducation.com
where he gives advice on car maintenance, buying, selling,
insurance, and financing. A mechanical engineer and car guy,
Kevin has decided to spend his online time helping others
learn about automobiles.