So you have computed how much money you can afford for a car purchase and shopped for an auto loan. What’s next? Choosing which car to buy, of course! By shopping for a loan first, you have already narrowed down your options. If you think you still have too many choices though, we at San Diego Auto Approval Center suggest that you select the right vehicle based on the factors listed below:
Before you even consider models, think about body style first. There are several body styles to choose from: coupe, sedan, hatchback, SUV, station wagon, minivan. The right vehicle for you is one with a body style that is a perfect fit to your current (and future) lifestyle.
Say for instance you are single right now but you see a family in your immediate future—in this case, a sedan would be ideal because it is a good car for one but can also be a suitable ride with a wife and kids in the picture. If you are a family man who needs more space than a sedan can offer but prefers not to have too heavy a vehicle, a hatchback is worth considering. If for some reason you need more space for both passengers and cargo, a station wagon could be a nice choice.
Just like with body style, pick a size based on what you need. If you just need a vehicle that will get you from point A to point B and you will be driving no one but yourself, choosing small is ideal. Many people assume that larger vehicles are safer, but this is just a myth.
Also, don’t assume that all small cars offer small space. Some small cars are spacious, even if they don’t look it from the outside. Do some research and find out which car models can give you ample space in a little package.
You will not need much power, unless you will be towing and/or carrying heavy loads. Most car owners don’t go full throttle, and chances are, you won’t too. Forget 0 to 60 mph—the only power you’ll need is that which allows you to comfortably drive around with the vehicle. Therefore, choose a vehicle whose engine you can properly utilize. Remember that the bigger the engine, the more fuel you will need.
Type of Drive
Will you be needing a four-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive? If you are like most car buyers, you will probably be okay with the former. If safety during winter is your main concern, you will do fine with a four-wheel drive and winter tires. All-wheel drives offer better traction when accelerating, but it doesn’t boost the ability of the automobile to turn or stop; in addition, it lessens fuel economy.
Type of Driving
The type of driving you will be doing is a major consideration, especially if you are interested in diesel vehicles and hybrids. If the vehicle will just be used to drive around town, a hybrid may be a good option. If you will be driving mostly in low speeds, a diesel vehicle can also be an ideal option.