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7 Things to Look for in a Car:

Buying a new car soon?
By Expert Tips
Date: August 24 2017
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Many people pick a car that suits their taste and style, instead of buying a vehicle that complements their lifestyle, finances and safety. To ensure you choose the right make and model, we’re providing some helpful tips on the seven things to look for in a new or used car.

A Budget Friendly Vehicle

Don’t blow your finances on an expensive car. You must first factor in the cost of car insurance, tax, fuel and maintenance. For example, you could invest in a second-hand Hyundai Tucson that offers a good fuel economy with a 1.6 or 2.0-litre engine.

The Right Seating

Do you have many children? Maybe you’re considering expanding your family? Or maybe you simply want a larger car for a road trip with friends or extended family? If so, it might be worthwhile to invest in a larger, more functional car, such as a five or six-seater vehicle.

Always consider the future before you make an investment, so you do not have to hunt for a new car in a short period of time. Looking forward means you don’t have to look back in regret.

Fuel Economy

Many drivers often don’t think about fuel economy when investing in a vehicle. However, if you experience a long commute to work, the store, school or go on long road trips, you should look for a vehicle with a good fuel economy, which is often less than 6 litres/100km, or over 16.5km/1 litre. The lower the number of litres, the better the fuel economy will be.

Car Safety

It’s essential to buy a safe vehicle to ensure the safety of both you, your passengers and other drivers and pedestrians. For instance, you should look for a car with dual airbags, parking assistant, antilock braking systems and blind spot sensors. In addition to maintaining both yours and others’ safety, car insurers might also be willing to reduce your premiums if you have one or more safety features installed into your car.

Affordable Maintenance

The vehicle you choose will determine the affordability of any maintenance tasks. Research your desired car’s maintenance requirements, such as how much replacement parts or an oil change will cost.

High-Tech Features

There are a number of superb high-tech features that can heighten the driving experience, such as integrated satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and in-car Wi-Fi. Also, nothing will feel more comforting than a heated seat when you step into your car from the rain or snow. Many cars will come with different features, so consider the different options available to find a car that ticks all your boxes.

Towing Options

Do you plan to own a boat, trailer or camper in the future? If so, it would be wise to consider a vehicle’s towing capabilities. Ensure your car can support a tow kit if you plan to attach your car to another motor vehicle.

Have we missed any important features to look for in a new or used car? Feel free to share your helpful tips in the comment section below.

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