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Buying your first car is never easy. It involves making a considerable investment that you may regret if you don’t make the right choice. Taking your time to research all the possible options you have is the first step in the journey towards making a final decision. Cars come in different shapes, sizes and colors. They have various features that may or may not be relevant for the driver. You need to learn how to distinguish the features that you actually need from the ones that are not actually that important and you shouldn’t pay more money for them.
Of course, this is also a matter of taste. All people have different preferences that can influence what car they choose in the end. Making compromises because you fell in love with a specific vehicle is not wrong as long as it will make you happy in the future. This short article is meant to present the most relevant criteria that you should keep in mind when buying your first car ever.
Before moving on to any other step in this list, you need to establish a very clear budget that you are going to respect throughout the whole process. If you don’t set a budget from the very beginning, you will be tempted to research cars that are visibly outside the range you can afford. This will only add more hours to spend on finding the appropriate car for you. The purpose of this article is to help you narrow down the final list and choose a vehicle easier. You can start the journey by mentioning how much money you are ready to spend on a new car. Set an interval that is not too wide and use it as a filtering option during the next phases of your search.
It is paramount to mention that some aspects of buying a car can influence the final amount of money that you spend on it. The initial price of a car can be altered if you want to add specific features to it. For instance, changing the color of a car can lead to considerable additional expenses that you may not afford. When setting up your budget for buying a vehicle, take into account how much money may be allocated to these indulgences.
As mentioned in the introduction, cars are so diverse that it would be impossible to choose a vehicle if you had no idea about what type of car do you really want to own. This decision will be influenced by aspects in your day-to-day life. Are you an adventurer? Do you have a big family? Do you travel a lot? Asking yourself a few questions regarding the way you would use your car in the future is going to make things clear. The type of car you will buy has to suit your current and future needs. Here is a list of the most selected car types and a short description of each:
Hatchback cars have the typical five-door configuration, but they also come in three-door configuration as well. These cars are great for people who want to get the maximum space possible out of a smaller car.
Sedan cars are the traditional cars in a five-door configuration and a typical trunk shape. They are usually bigger than hatchbacks. Sedan cars come in multiple subcategories as well, depending on their size: fastback, compact, notchback etc.
MUV cars (Multi-Utility Vehicle) are perfect for people who want to get the best space-comfort-looks combo. These are the best cars for families that go on trips very often. They often come in a two-three rows of seats configuration, which is very convenient. The third row can often be transformed into more storage room.
SUV cars (Sports-Utility Vehicle) are suitable for people who like adventurous, adrenaline-filled trips. These are built on a body-on-frame chassis that offers the extra support needed for off-road.
If you would like a SUV but it is too big for your garage, the perfect choice would be a crossover. They offer almost the same capabilities of SUV car but they are smaller, which makes them suitable for the city as well. Keep in mind that crossovers might be more expensive than an SUV in some cases.
In some cases, certain aspects of the vehicle that you are going to buy are more important than others, and this will be defined by how you are willing to use the vehicle in the future. For some, car suspension is more important than how it looks. For others, the level of comfort and spaciousness it offers are worthy of compromise. Other drivers are pickier and they would like all these features packed in one single vehicle. Choose your future vehicle based on your needs and preferences.
The frequency of usage is also a factor that can determine what car you pick in the end. If you are planning to use your car every single day in the city, you will most likely want a compact car that is easy to park no matter how small the space is. If you are more of a traveler and you enjoy long trips as close as possible to nature, then you will need an SUV. Your budget will be the element that helps you put a shortlist together.
The type of car you want to buy, along with the features that you consider paramount for your daily needs, and the budget that you set in the first place should determine a list of maximum five cars that you can choose from. The final aspect that should help you pick from the shortlist is the looks of the car. The one that is the most aesthetically-pleasing and has the characteristics you wish for in a car will win the battle.