When you buy a new (or used!) vehicle, it’s a big investment. You’re purchasing something which, ideally, you’ll be driving on the road for years. That means you want to make sure you’ve chosen the right vehicle to suit your needs. Will you need two doors, or four? Do you need a vehicle that can tow, or drive off-road? Maybe both? Are you looking for something economical, or do you need space to fit a large family?
We know it can all seem a little daunting, so we’ve broken it down into a few key areas to focus on when you begin looking for your next vehicle.
Passengers and Space
One of the first things to consider is how you’ll be using the space in a new vehicle. If you’re just driving by yourself or with a few passengers, you might be looking for a coupe or sedan. If you’re going to use the back-seat a lot you should seriously consider the four-door sedan over the two-door coupe. A car can lack for space, though, if you need to carry more than five passengers. In that case, an SUV or minivan are good options because both offer more seating options and larger cargo spaces. If passengers aren’t an issue, but you do a lot of regular cargo hauling, you should maybe consider a truck.
Are you primarily a city driver, using your vehicle for your commute or to run errands? A more economical option would be a smaller car or compact SUV. If you mainly deal with short trips in the city, you may even consider a hybrid or electric vehicle. If you’re more frequently on the highway or rural backroads, you should consider something with all wheel drive, like a truck or SUV. If you’re expecting to do a lot of off-roading, you should consider a 4×4. A diesel engine will give you excellent fuel-efficiency on the highway and offer more power for towing.
Features shouldn’t be the first thing to consider for your new vehicle. However, once you’ve narrowed down which type of vehicle suits your needs, it’s worth putting some thought into them. If you don’t spend much time in your vehicle, you may not need anything too fancy. If you’re frequently moving through the city, a more advanced infotainment centre, or built-in navigation, may be a good option. If you’re concerned about safety, some of the latest in driver assist technologies might be considered, such as blind spot warnings or forward collision assistance.
Another thing to consider is determining what you can afford. You don’t want your new car to put a huge financial burden on you, after all! When it comes to your new car payments, the industry standard is for no more than 15 percent of your monthly take-home pay. Anything higher than that, and you may want to consider a less expensive trim level, or even maybe a used vehicle from a prior model year.
Do Some Homework
If you think you’ve zeroed in on the right vehicle, you should still do your due-diligence. Take a little time to check out some reviews online. Owner reviews, in particular, can let you know how the average person has been enjoying the vehicle. Do some price comparison shopping, too—it might even give you a look at some similar vehicles you haven’t considered!
Book a Test Drive
How can you know if a car is right for you if you haven’t had a chance to test it out? A test drive will not only give you a feel for a vehicle, but it also gives you a chance to ask questions about it. There’s no pressure to purchase the day you come in to test out a vehicle, or even to buy the model you drove!
The friendly team here at Go Auto Don Mills Chrysler would be happy to answer any questions you have about our entire lineup of vehicles. Book a test drive, today!