Before you rush out and buy that new or used car, it’s a wise idea to think about what you really need in a car. People’s needs change, so what was suitable when you bought your present car may not be the right criteria for now – or the future.
For instance, if you are a young married and plan on having a family over the next few years, you’ll need to consider whether there will be enough space in your chosen car. A car should last at least ten years and things can certainly change in that time. You might intend to only have one child, but what about school friends or car-pooling? There will need to be enough space for these possibilities. A sporty two-seater will be impossible to fit two or three kids in along with Mum and Dad. On the other hand, that six-seater you bought several years ago could be far too big if your children have all recently left home. Yet again, you might decide that now is the time to take that long trip you’ve planned for years and you’ll need a larger vehicle to tow the caravan.
Another thing to consider is what you will be using the vehicle for most. Do you take off-road holidays, or do you prefer to keep to the main roads? Will the car need to double as a work vehicle? Maybe it will be needed for work, family and shopping. If you will be using it for work as well as family, will it hold the things you need for your work? Not many bags of horse feed will fit in a sedan. On the other hand if the car is to be used as a run-about for the shopping and children, a sedan would be fine.
Counting costs may also need to come into the equation. These days when the cost of fuel has risen considerably, it makes sense to buy the car that takes the least amount of fuel to run – so long as it still meets your other needs. And if you intend to buy a used car, remember to look at things like the availability of parts, especially if it is very old. Used cars usually need repairs fairly soon so you’ll need to know that you can actually buy parts for it.
These are some important things to think about before making that final decision.