What people are looking for in their new cars
Whether you’re buying your first car or you’re upgrading to something new, a car is a major investment. In order to find the perfect motor, knowing what to look for when you begin your search is a great starting point.
To help narrow your search, use the steps in our guide to create a checklist that works for you.
Are you looking for a city car to get you to the office on time? Or maybe your family has grown recently and you need to invest in a bigger motor to accommodate car seats and prams?
When you begin searching for a car, start with what you’ll be using it for and who will be your passengers. A two-seater might fit the bill if it’s just you and your partner or you might need a crossover to fit everything in.
Once you’ve established the type of car that you’re after, consider your budget. This will help to narrow your search further based on affordability.
Think about how you’ll pay for your car too. If you’re buying a model outright, you won’t have to consider car finance, but if you are thinking of something like a hire purchase, you’ll need to ask a lot of questions. This is because you’ll need to make sure you can keep up with the repayments.
Safety features in cars are becoming increasingly advanced, with details such as anti-lock braking systems and blind spot monitoring coming as standard with many new vehicles. Once you’ve narrowed down your search to one or two models, research the safety features and check the Euro NCAP rating to ensure your new motor will protect you on the road.
By driving a fuel-efficient car, you could save money on the running costs. Older petrol or diesel models, for example, are more likely to use up more fuel, whereas newer cars are designed to be more efficient.
If you’re considering making the switch to electric, you’ll find that you further increase energy efficiency. EVs are more energy efficient, releasing a much smaller portion of the emissions that traditionally fuelled motors release. This can not only save you money but it can be greener in the long run.
The initial outlay for a new EV can seem like a lot, but you don’t have to fork out for a brand-new model. Browse the range of classic models like a used Peugeot 208 and you’ll find these offer all the perks of electric, including fuel economy.
Tech and features
Infotainment systems and connectivity are all part and parcel of most of the newer cars on the market. Take your time to explore the tech on offer and, if necessary, compare against different trims to see if there are any variations in the kit available.
What will you look out for when you buy your next motor?