Nowadays having a car is a luxury, especially if we are talking about a new one. Apart of course from the bad economic investment that it means. However, if you still decide to do it, I would like you to accept some advice on how to choose a new car wisely:
Consider the types of trips you will make and you will choose engine wisely.
One of the most important things that you have to take into account when choosing the type of car are the most common trips that you are going to make. This can lead you to choose one type of engine or another (diesel, gasoline, hybrid, electric…) in order to avoid unnecessary fuel costs and premature wear on the engine (and the associated costs).
If your thing is going to be long road trips a diesel can be a good option, if on the other hand your frequent trips are through the urban core a gasoline, an electric or even a hybrid will be better options to consider. However, if you opt for an electric or plug-in hybrid make sure you have a place where you can charge it, otherwise it will be more of a nuisance than a fuel saving option.
In short, make calculations of the daily kilometers you are going to do, the most frequent routes you are going to use (city, highway…), if you can install a charging point at home and in that way you can consider which type of engine is best suited to your use.
I already have my ideal engine… What type of car do I choose?
There are several types of cars depending on the needs of each one, the most common are:
-Sport car and/or coupe: If you don’t want to give up a little getaway by road routes and enjoy or simply is the aesthetics of vehicle that you like it can be a great option. Keep in mind that if you have children it will not be the most practical car of all, unless you are going to have it as a second vehicle and you are going to give it a more recreational use.
-Sedan: Of good size and versatility, it is a good option for those looking for a little more interior size than in a passenger car. True, it tends to err on the side of being a bit larger and bulky, but it is not that bulky and yet the cargo space is usually ample. It is also great for long trips for the comfort it offers.
-Station Wagon (the family car par excellence): And if you are looking for cargo space without having to drive a van, this is the most appropriate. Similar in size to a sedan, it has a higher rear part, making not only more space to load, but also the trunk is easier to access for large objects.
-All-road and/or Off-road: If you live in a rural area or frequent dirt roads, you have two good options. For starters, the off-road is a great ally for country or mountain areas, because thanks to its gear ratio, suspension, etc. it can perform very well. And on the other hand the all-road is perfect for those who, in spite of moving around cities or towns, often go on dirt roads. They do not have as much functionality as an off-road but for unpaved roads they move well enough.
-Tourism: The most common of all, useful for going to work, moving around and parking in the city… For one or two people (even couples with a child) who need to move without many complications is a great option. Of course, logically you do not have as much trunk space as in other options.
(I didn’t include urban suv’s in the list because I think if you really need a tall car, an all-road might be a better option and besides, a self-respecting man doesn’t denigrate himself in that way by driving that aberration 🤭 ).
Consider the associated costs
Every vehicle as soon as it leaves the factory undergoes a series of inevitable wear and tear whether it is used or not, because if it is used it will suffer the logical wear of parts and fluids (tires, oil, filters…). But if it is not used it will also wear out, since things like the hoses can crack, the tires and brake pads crystallize, the oil deteriorates over time…
In short, keep in mind that as you get a vehicle is going to carry a series of expenses if or if. That is why they are considered passive, because unless you use it as a work tool to earn money (see a cab, an uber…), they generate that we lose money with it.
A number of associated fixed costs for you to consider are: son:
- Vehicle insurance
- Annual taxes (depending on your country they are one or the other)
- Cleanliness (I’m not saying that you have to keep it spotless, but the interior should at least be clean. I always say that the interior of a car is like a house, it has to be cleaned often, because we are sitting there).