If everyone liked the same car, there
wouldn't be so many options. You should look carefully for the best
vehicle to fit your needs.
Ask yourself the following
- Who is driving?
If you are buying a car for your
teenager, you should look for safety first. That
eliminates most sports cars and SUVs. Remember being a teenage
driver? Teens drive differently when there are a lot of people in
the car. They try to impress their friends.
Young working adults are usually on a
budget, so they should consider efficient, economic vehicles. Older
adults should look to easily maneuverable, smaller
- How old are the
Will you need a car seat? Minivans
are great for small children because sliding doors make it easy to
get toddler into car seats. Look for vehicles that are not too high
and not too low if you will be traveling with the very young or
elderly. Nice sized, medium height vehicles make it easy for people
to get in and out.
- How many passengers are
If you have two children and a car
seat, then you probably need a SUV or a minivan with third row
seating. If you buy a vehicle that seats five, you won't have any
room for company.
- How will you use the
If you have to commute, a car with
good gas mileage and comfort is important. Sit in the car before you
buy it and see what back support it offers. Check out all the
controls to see if they are easily reached and operated. If you live
in a cold area, test drive the car on a cold day without warming it
up. See how well it defrosts the windows and how long it takes to
- City or country car?
If you drive in the city, a small
vehicle is easier to park and for driving in traffic. Country drives
may want to look into four- wheel drive vehicles.
- How much power do you
A four-cylinder car can save you
money in fuel costs, maintenance and insurance costs. But if you
need to accelerate rapidly onto crowded expressways, a four-cylinder
may disappoint you. Consider how much of a performance driver you
- Does economy matter?
Economy cars will get the best fuel
mileage, as do hybrid vehicles or turbo diesel engines. This can
save you a lot of money in the long run.
- How much space do you
If you camp or your children
participate in sports, you may need a lot of cargo space. You may
need to look at minivans, SUVs, wagons or crossover
- How big is your garage?
Measure your garage if you are
looking to buy a SUV or a van. Many are too wide or too high for a
- What do you tow?
If you tow a boat or an RV, you need
a vehicle with the horsepower, transmission and chassis to handle
the demand. Don't just assume that an SUV can get the job done,
check the vehicle's towing capacity before purchasing.
- Do you care about color?
Pick a color you like, but keep in
mind that unusual colors are often difficult to sell. Red vehicles
cost more to insure. White cars are the least expensive to insure
and often have a higher resale value.
- How long before a new
How long you plan to own a vehicle
can affect which one you purchase. Look at car guides to see which
vehicles hold their value. While all vehicles depreciate, some loose
value much slower than others.
Once you know what you want, you can
look for vehicles that fit your guidelines. Look at several
different vehicles to compare options, features, insurance rates and
operating costs. With a little shopping around, you can find the
best car for you.