I’ve always found the experience of buying cars to be an interesting one. Because there are many different models in the market, and it’s hard to make a decision on the vehicle that they are going to spend their hard-earned money.
At this moment, I am buying a car, but my task seemed somewhat challenging due to the immense choices of cars available for purchase, but I followed these top tips to comparing cars until I decided on the one I wanted to buy!
Decide on a Budget:
First and foremost, you need to decide how much you want to spend on your next car. Not only will this lower the number of choices available to you, but it will ensure that you do not spend above your means and potentially end up in hot financial water if you cannot afford your car!
The easiest way to work out how much you can afford to spend on your car is by determining what savings you have available to you.
Decide on your Requirements:
In my case, I needed to buy an estate car for the purposes of transporting many humans and pet dogs simultaneously. You might live alone and just want a sports car with only two seats, or you might live out in the sticks and need a 4×4 to drive on rough terrain. Whatever your requirements, only shortlist cars that are suitable for you.
The main car types that people regularly opt for are hatchbacks, saloons (sedans), estates (wagons), 4x4s and sports cars.
Calculate likely Running Costs:
Now that you have a shortlist of possible cars to choose from based on your budget and requirements, the next step is to work out roughly how much each car will cost you to keep on the road.
Apart from the usual tax and insurance costs that all motorists need to pay for, you will also have to determine how much it will cost to fill up your tank with petrol or diesel, and how often you will need to do so. Heavier cars or those with bigger engines tend to have lower fuel economy levels than lighter cars or those with lighter engines.
You will also need to find out how much it would cost to service and maintain the car. For example, if you buy a Chevrolet, your servicing bills will be much cheaper than if you bought a BMW, partly to do with the complexities each engine exhibits when it comes to performing minor or major servicing work, and partly because of what the main dealers charge per hour.