A new car is always an exciting addition to your life and buying it is a great experience. Though many love the whole car buying process, there are others who find it a challenge not only because it is a big-ticket purchase but also due to the variety of options at disposal. Apart from the model and manufacturer, there are choices that you need to make on buying a new or old, petrol or diesel, electric or hybrid, etc.
Below is a guide on how to choose the right car based on your needs.
New vs. Old: The first decision you need to take is whether you want to buy a new or an old one depending on the budget. Though both have benefits, purchasing a new car means a peace of mind with warranty from a manufacturer whereas a used car means you are investing lesser, but you need to look for a vehicle which depreciates slowly. Also, in the long run, you may lose money for repairs and also due to the depreciation of cars.
Buying a used car also has a lot of advantages especially if you buy a car which is a few years old and you get a relatively new car at a much lower price than the new one. Ensure you buy a used car at manufacture approved places which provide manufacturer’s warranty on the car.
Petrol or diesel: The next important decision is whether you want to buy petrol or a diesel variant. There are some cars which are available in a specific option only while other models come in both petrol and diesel variants. Any variety slowly picking up with people is hybrid and electric models for people who do a lot of city driving.
Decide on the fuel variant based on the distance you travel daily. A petrol version is best if you travel less. The initial cost of a petrol engine car is less, but the fuel cost is more when compared to diesel cars. Whereas a diesel engine car has a lot of fuel savings, but the diesel car cost is expensive compared to petrol. Another thing to note is that a diesel engine car should not be bought if you are not travelling a lot. A hybrid vehicle is also an excellent choice if you want to have lower emissions.
Body style: Deciding on the body style is quite a challenge as you have a lot of choices. The style of your car should be based on the size of the vehicle you need for your travel and the shape that looks good to you. Next to consider is the purpose of the car, if you have a family with kids, an SUV is a good bet as it is easier to get them into and out of the car. If you are a person, who moves a lot of stuff around look for vehicles which have a good boot space and foldable seats. Decide on what features you want in the car like navigation, parking sensors, entertainment systems, etc.