Driving the right type of vehicle for your needs can prolong the life of your car and save you money in the long term. There are several things you should consider before buying a vehicle, including:
- How often you drive
- How many passengers you usually take with you
- Where you live
- Where you work
- What type of work you do, if you use the vehicle for it
- Type of roads you frequently drive on
- How much vehicle you can afford
To make sure you have the right vehicle for your specific needs, here are some suggestions:
As for those who live in places where you’re more likely to drive off-road, a car may not be the best choice. A crossover is fine if the roads are not too challenging and the family isn’t big. But if the roads are often steep, rocky or wet, a real SUV with 4×4 tyres is your best bet. A 4-wheel drive lorry would be fine too if you often drive alone or with one other person.
City living for a single person
If you usually drive on city streets by your lonesome, it makes sense to choose a car that’s the right size and engine power. For example, if you only drive for an hour or two max to work then back home, a smaller sedan or hatchback is fine. Smaller engines are great for fuel economy and getting you from point a to b.
City living for families
For families with four to five members, a small sedan or hatch is still fine, but if you carry lots of stuff with you when you travel — and you do so often — something a bit bigger and more comfortable would be nice. A full or midsize sedan is OK, but consider buying a crossover too. It’s just the right size and height and does not use up too much fuel.
There are, of course, other considerations when it comes to finding the best ride for you or your family. Taking the time to choose wisely will save you from expensive repairs, replacements and having to live with a beater.