There are hundreds of cars, SUVs, trucks and minivans to choose from when purchasing a vehicle. To make the right choice you must first consider all functions a car provides you. Yes its main function is to get you from point A to point B (and sometimes to C, D & E) but what else do you need it to do for you? Whether you know it or not, there are dozens of criteria a car must have to fit your lifestyle.
For example, if you have children you would need a certain type of vehicle, right? However, that vehicle may change if you have 4 children versus 2. Also, if you have a long commute to work and gas prices are a significant factor in your monthly budget, that could change the search of vehicles that would work for you as well. Maybe you want an electric car… that’s fun, right? Make sure you have access at home to a charging station… Some condos, especially older ones, don’t have this and they can’t be added without spending thousands of dollars. Also, batteries need to be replaced on those after a certain number of miles which can cost the same amount as a car engine.
Maybe you already have 2 family cars and want something fun and sporty for the weekends like a convertible. This may affect your budget as it’s now a 3rd car you have to purchase and maintain. Beware the auto insurance can significantly increase when making 3rd car purchases especially if they are sports cars. That is something you will want to factor in when planning your budget. You don’t want to get hit with an $85 monthly insurance increase on top of the 3rd car payment. Call your insurance company in advance of making the vehicle purchase to be sure it’s within your comfortable range.
All these factors are relevant when deciding which car fits your lifestyle. There are hundreds of cars to choose from and you want to make sure you make the right choice. We recommend using a car buying service that help perspective buyers make the perfect choice and not get hit with hidden (or junk) fees at the table. Most of the time, they are even able to negotiate so much off the car that their fee is technically free, even though you have to pay it up front. It’s the way to go.