Buying A Car – Consider Older Luxury Cars – Even Classics.
Buying a car is a big investment and choosing the right car is essential. We all dream of driving that particular luxury or super car we have seen whizzing past us on the motorway, advertised or reviewed on our favourite motoring program, but unfortunately when we snap out of our dream world and allow reality to kick in we have to buy a car that fits our budget.
The main priority for my friend was it must have ISOFIX as his family is growing and he wants to be able to use the car to transport his new family when he is not using the car for work.
Performance verses Economy
He wanted a car which has reasonable performance but not provided at the sacrifice of fuel economy. He had never considered a diesel car as he viewed these as smelly, slow, noisy and poor performers. I pointed out that newer diesel engine vehicles have much greater performance, quieter engines and better fuel economy than previous diesel engines. Again we opened up the options for his consideration.
He wanted a vehicle with a large boot or luggage space as he drives to the location he will be holidaying at and with the new family he practically has to bring his house with him. This pointed us into larger saloons or MPV's.
Looks were going to be a big problem, this is personal preference and I can only suggest vehicles which fit the other specifications and after several of my suggestions were dismissed as, ugly or I would not be seen dead in that I began to get a sense of what he wanted shape wise. If you like it – buy it. You are the one to drive the car so you must like its shape and styling – who cares what other people think – it's your car.
Maintenance and Parts
It does not hurt to check with dealers or your local garage on this one. There is no point in buying a car if the first time it breaks down or you need routine servicing you will have re-mortgage your house to pay for it. Once you have narrowed the selection of prospective cars down – call the dealer or local garage and ask a few simple questions. How much does a normal service cost? What is the cost of doing the brakes? How much will a timing belt cost me? What are the fast moving parts for these vehicles and do you stock them or how long will it take to get them? You can make up your own list to ask them. These were just a few of the questions we asked.
I found the best thing when I buy a car is - the fun element - will I like the car each time I drive it and does it make me feel good to be driving it. Sure servicing, fuel economy and insurance play a big part in my choice - BUT I have to like driving it - sometimes it's better to wait and buy the one that gives you that feel good factor each time you see it and leaves a big smile on your face when you drive it.
Additional Motoring Costs
Finally what we have to consider is the cost of insurance and road tax. In some countries Insurance companies determine the cost of insurance based on a scale or group rate. Bigger engined vehicles have a higher group number and therefore cost more for insurance. As do vehicles which are badged GTi or Sport. Road tax or Registration Fee is based on emissions and engine size – the bigger the engine – the more emissions it produces the higher the road tax or registration Fee. These are re-occurring costs and must be considered before you buy. There is no point buying your dream car to find you cannot use it because you cannot afford the insurance or road tax.
We left the budget to the end, for the simple reason you do not have to constrain yourself too much when buying a car that will provide you with the majority of the things you want out of a car once you know what you want from the car and are willing to look back in the years a little. The cheapest part of a car is buying it – keeping it on the road in a safe and legal fashion is where you will see the money start to mount up.
Basic specifications considered lets go buy a car!
So to sum up; how we decided the type of car is based on -
• Performance verses Economy
• Maintenance and Parts
• Additional Motoring Costs
Once you know what you want and how much you can spend – the fun part of finding just the right car begins. Obviously age will be affected by your budget, but it is still possible to buy a car you will enjoy and will provide you with reliable motoring and still fit the majority of your requirements. Remember slightly older cars can be purchased very well spec'd for less money than a car which is 4 to 5 years old. So providing you are willing to drive a slightly older car you can find some excellent bargains. Also if insurance and road tax is not going to drain the budget (it has to paid for each year) you can could end up with an older luxury car and be very happy.
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