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Understanding Your Car Priorities

Understanding Your Car Priorities

These days with the wealth of choice available, choosing the right car for your needs is getting harder and harder. Selection choices must be both rational and emotional. Family commitments combined with an itchy right foot mean that any decision must be properly informed.

There’s a need to get to grips with the options available which must begin with body size and type. Convertibles are fine for young singles or retired lotharios trying to recapture a misspent youth but they don‘t really work with two kids and a dog the size of a Shetland pony. Hatchbacks are easy to use, great as family cars and shoppers but are often, in standard form at least, a bit dull and ubiquitous. The best of all worlds can sometimes be achieved by getting a sporty estate. MPV’s are great but are they, perhaps, just a bit too normal? The decisions are endless but it is a lot of money being spent so selection has to be right first time.

A car purchase must be carefully analysed from various different perspectives. The trick is to prioritise preferences and the first item to raise its head will always be the budget. This is the one that controls all the others and the one that needs the most respect. Nobody wants to spend their entire life paying for an ageing car so if there is a budget it is best to stick religiously to it.

Some people are swayed by style, others by comfort and others still by reliability. Build quality and performance must also be taken into account. Some buyers couldn’t give a fig what a car looks like provided it will carry four people, return in excess of 50mpg and be serviced for under £200. Enthusiasts will want to be performance orientated which means that whilst the drive might be great the chances are that the collective family buttocks will pay the price of stiff suspension.

Then of course we come to the issues of specification: extras like climate control, leather, infotainment and so on whilst still catering for roominess and safety; not necessarily in that order. On and on it goes.

The careful buyer will ensure that not one T is left uncrossed and no I left un-dotted. Make sure that the final decision satisfies all – or at least most – of the many requirements we have for cars these days. Only then can the careful buyer be sure that life with the car will be as near to perfect as possible. Bliss.

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