Choose the Right Car with these Useful Tips
If you’re shopping around for a car – new or pre-owned – there’s probably a lot of things going through your head. After all, it’s a big expense, so you want to make sure you choose the right car.
If you want some assistance, first familiarise yourself with the different types of cars that are available. Next, answer a few important questions and read the accompanying tips.
Available Car Types
Hatch: A hatchback is generally more affordable and more fuel-efficient than larger cars which makes it an economical choice to buy, drive and maintain – especially if you live in the city (or commute to the city for work). Another pro: it’s easy to park.
Coupé: If you’re looking for something sporty with the ability to perform – and you’re not too worried about fuel efficiency or extra passengers – a coupé could be just the car for you. It’s always exciting to drive and never fails to make a statement.
Sedan: Sedans are popular because they’re more spacious than hatchbacks and more fuel efficient (and more affordable usually) than SUVs and minivans. They’re also less likely to tip over (in extreme scenarios), which make them one of the safer car choices.
SUV: SUVs have become increasingly popular and it’s not difficult to figure out why. They are spacious, comfortable and safe, with the add bonus of off-road capabilities. That big-car feel – and a clear view of traffic – are other benefits SUV drivers have come to love and value.
Bakkie: Bakkies are known to be tough, hard-working cars with great storage capabilities and even better off-road abilities. If you live on or near a farm (or regularly tour / visit the countryside) or need a car that’s able to work hard for you on a daily basis, definitely consider getting a bakkie.
Minivan: A minivan is a great choice if you have, or plan on having, a big family OR if you regularly transport groups (sports team, band, etc.) or goods (hobby equipment, shop stock, etc.).
Next up: Answers these questions honestly to figure out your wants and needs.
- What is your ideal car type? Think about what you need, not what you want.
- Do you want a new or used car? Consider the pros and cons of both and do your research.
- Do you need a family car? If you have a family, or plan on starting one, think about your needs – short-term and long-term.
- How much cabin space do you need (daily and for trips)? Think short-term (commuting to work) and long-term (taking trips, etc.).
- How important is ease of parking / manoeuvrability / manual VS automatic etc.? Driving pleasure plays a major role. Determine which convenience and comfort features you need.
- Do you regularly drive kids/family/community members around? The answer to this question will help you determine how much space you need. Then you’ll know which types of cars can accommodate you.
- How important are extras such as cup holders, split-seat folding, etc.? Think about what you could possibly need and who would benefit from these extras.
- Is fuel efficiency high on your priority list? If you drive often and/or often drive long distances, this could be a significant deciding factor for you.
- Which safety features should the car have? Look at the function of ABS, EBD, ESP, HILT, airbags, etc. to decide which ones are important to you.
- Do you need a car with off-road capabilities? If you’re into adventure outings or have a hobby like mountain biking, you could really benefit from owning an SUV or a bakkie.
- How is your budget looking and can you get finance / a loan? Get in touch with your financial advisor for assistance.
Good luck choosing the right car!