Buying a car requires commitment. The two of you are going to be seeing a lot of each other, so it's best if you're happy. There's a lot of money at stake, so you don't want to be disappointed. Follow this advice to make sure you choose the best car for your motoring requirements.
Stop dreaming. Put down that copy of Auto Trader now! It's time for you to do some self-assessment and put your needs before your wants.
Cars provoke emotional responses. The reasons for this are complex; even carmakers sometimes get their target markets wrong. Buying a car is exciting - great - should be satisfying. And you want to end up with a car that says something about who you are - that's fine, too. But you still need to choose the right car.
Choosing the right car is the first step towards easy car ownership. To tackle this critical task, put your rational head on and examine the ownership issues listed on the next page.
There's no 'right' way to choose a car - we're all different, with complex and often contradictory needs. That's why Insider Guides give you the low-down on thousands of models. Once you're equipped with the facts and figures, and know what you really, really need, one of those vehicles will be your next car, and the best car for the job.
FIRST ESTABLISH YOUR NEEDS AND PRIORITIES
- What vehicle type and body style suits my typical motoring?
- What's my budget?
- Will running costs be an ongoing issue?
- Do I need car with cheap insurance?
- Would I be happiest buying a new car or buying used?
- Will choice of fuel type influence my decision?
- What must-have features will ensure my convenience and comfort?