What car is right for me is really a big Question?’
Choosing which car to buy is an involved process.
Knowing how to choose a car can be a complex stuff. With over 50 carmakers vying for your business and hundreds of models on the market, finding the right car for you can sometimes seem like an insurmountable task, made all the more difficult by the amount of money at stake.
This is another big Question “New or used?”
This is probably the first decision we need to make. Buying a new car is obviously an enticing prospect: we get to be the first owner, plus we can tailor options, color and engine specification exactly to our tastes.
Depreciation is a new car’s biggest enemy: as soon as we drive out of the showroom, our car will be considered ‘used’ and lose value; in the very worst cases it could lose almost 80% of its value over three years.
Key Things we should search
1.Petrol or diesel?
What fuel you want your new car to run on should be the next aspect of your purchase to think about. While some cars are only available as diesels, such as the BMW X3, most manufacturers offer petrol and diesel engines, while hybrid models are becoming increasingly common and can be a good choice, particularly if you do a lot of town driving.
2.Decide on a body style
If you were buying a car a two or three decades ago, this choice was simple; if you didn’t cover that many miles you bought a hatchback, an estate was for those who needed to carry large loads regularly, while everyone else drove a saloon.Today, carmakers often seem to offer cars designed around a ‘lifestyle’, and this is no bad thing: four-wheel-drive cars were once the preserve of farmers and inhabitants of the Scottish Highlands
3.Work out what’s essential
If you’ve got a rough idea of the size and shape of car you’re after, think carefully about what you use it for. If you have small children, a crossover SUV is a good bet, as the raised ride height makes getting kids and their seats into the car much easier. If you’re keen on DIY, carrying capacity may be important – but look out for cars that have easy-to-fold rear seats that lie flat when dropped. This is something we’ll always point out in our reviews.
3.How are you going to pay?
With over 75% of new cars bought using some form of finance, and dealers encouraged to sell cars via this method, cash is not necessarily king, and you’re as likely to get a discount or deal by buying a car on finance.
4.What are the running costs?
It’s tempting to stretch yourself as far as you can when setting a budget for a new car, and monthly repayments can be tantalisingly low – even for upmarket models. Be sure to bear in mind, however, that running costs are easily dismissed at the buying stage, and excessive fuel consumption or insurance premiums could leave you resenting your car.