It really doesn’t matter if you’re shopping for your 20th new car or if you’re out new car shopping for the very first time — it’s not easy knowing what to look for in a new car, or in a used car for that matter, with so many new models and extra features and new technology.
And naturally, knowing what to look for when buying a car is a lot harder when you don’t even know which type of car is the best one for you. So, to get you started, here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re looking for a new car:
- Road Conditions: If you live in the country on unpaved roads, for example, you’ll probably get more use out of an SUV, pickup truck, or sedan with four-wheel drive. Or maybe you live in a region that gets a lot of snow and ice in the winter — you’ll want to look for a heavier car that won’t slide around as much.
- Fuel Efficiency: It’s okay if you aren’t as concerned with fuel efficiency as other consumers seem to be — sometimes the best new or used car for your lifestyle won’t be the most fuel-efficient but it will be the best fit for your lifestyle. If you are concerned with fuel efficiency (especially if you do a lot of city stop-and-go driving), you’ll probably want to stay away from older used cars, big SUVs, and pickup trucks. You’ll also want to keep in mind that the cheapest new car may not be the most fuel-efficient, making a more expensive car a better investment in the long run.
- Size and Passengers: If you have a big family, or maybe you’ve become the designated driver for all your friends, you’ll probably find a larger car with extra seating to be more useful. Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that a new car is a big investment and you’ll probably keep it for a while, so it’s good to plan for what you need now and what you’ll need later.
Now we’re asking you for some help! If you’ve recently purchased a new or used car, what additional tips would you give to someone who’s trying to figure out which type of car is best for them? Be sure to share your advice and helpful hints with us and our readers in the comments section! More can be found here.