There’s no doubt that having a car can make life easier. No waiting for unreliable public transport, waiting on lifts from friends or spending hours walking just to run some simple errands. You can get from A to B with ease, you can go where you want, when you want. But what will you go for? Vehicles come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, there’s different engines, handling and safety features to take into consideration. A car is a big decision and you don’t just want to pick the first thing that you see, so here’s what you need to do to whittle down your shortlist to your dream car
Before looking at any car, it’s important to work out how much you can spend. This will immediately whittle down your choices, and make it quicker to find the right car for you. This could be an amount you have saved, or you could choose to go down the finance route. Put some quotes into a
The next big decision to whittle down your choices is the body type. Will you go with a hatchback, an estate, a saloon, convertible,
Manual or Automatic
Chances are you will have a strong preference already for which of these you want, but if you find a great car would you be prepared to switch? If not, be sure you’re ruling out all automatics if you want to drive stick shift, or all manual cars if you want to drive automatic. Lots of models will offer both options so you can find either, but others won’t, so it’s something to bear in mind. While switching to a different type of gearbox can be tricky at first, it is something you get used to very quickly.
The type of fuel your vehicle runs on can affect lots of other things. For example, cars with higher emissions tend to be more expensive on road tax. The cost between petrol and diesel can also vary, and so if you’re looking for the best fuel economy then it’s something to think about. Some cars will be adapted to additionally run on LPG gas, which is a cheap fuel source which is also better for the environment. These days, you also have fantastic electric and hybrid models on the market. There are plenty of options to think about, which will affect cost, the environment and the kind of car you choose.
If you really can’t find the colour you want, or you want a rare shade that wasn’t offered as factory standard then you always have the option of having a custom paint job done. However, be prepared to budget for this. Car paint jobs can be eye wateringly expensive, but it’s worth it if it helps you to create your dream car. One thing to bear in mind about this is that it could make your car more difficult to sell later on, so if you do want to sell it in the future be aware of this. Make sure you’re updating the DVLA with the new colour once it’s done. Other customisations could include a personalised number plate, it’s always best to use official
People can tell a lot about your personality by the car you drive, but far more importantly – you’ll feel good in a car you love. It will be fun to drive, and you’ll be proud to own it. Spend some time considering what it is you want to whittle down vehicles, and eventually find the perfect one for you.