There is a massive range of used cars available to suit all budgets and needs which can make it a confusing and overbearing experience to choose your next car. So here’s some helpful ways to whittle down the choices of used cars available to you.
The primary factor to purchasing any car is what your budget is. And that doesn’t just mean the straight up cost of the car but the ongoing costs as well; fuel, tax, insurance, MOT and so on. One way find out these costs is to ask your car dealer who should be able to give you estimates on the servicing costs. Another method is to check online, several sites offer you tools to help gauge the fuel efficiency, service costs, and insurance for many makes and models of cars.
What are you going to be able to budget for fuel costs? Different fuel types cary in costs, usually with LPG being the cheapest and petrol costing the most. Depending on your driving style, such as driving large distances over motorway or short stop-and-start trips around a city will change your real world fuel efficiency.
Keep in mind though that in some cases the savings for efficient fuel use might not cover the initial upfront cost of the car.
As mentioned with the fuel economy how you use your car can have a big impact on how much it can cost you in the long run. Smaller city cars can be much more economical for short journeys, bot with cheaper upfront costs and a lower power engine more suitable to the low-speeds of city traffic. If you’re making regular motorway commutes however then the cost savings of a smaller car disappear with the small engine needing to work much harder. So in this case pick a car with a larger engine. Alongside your typical journey distance and type how you’ll use your car can be a large deciding factor. Like to go on trips away? You’ll want a car with enough space to pack all your gear, and maybe a trailer hitch and roof rack as well. Taking the kids around town? Maybe a vehicle with in-built entertainment options.
How many people are you expecting to take around on a regular basis? If it’s a car that will be primarily used for a daily work commute by just yourself then consider a two seater coupe, if you’re doing the school run with several children then a large car, maybe even a 7-seater model, would be a better car to look into. Pet owners can look into a car with rear seats that fold completely flat, giving you space for passengers should you need it, but giving you much larger area to store a cage should you wish to take a dog with you for a weekend away.