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Ascertaining The Car You Truly Need, Not Just Want


When it comes to purchasing a car, it can feel like more of an art than a science. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to figure out what car you truly need, rather than the one you want. A car is of significant investment to acquire that you might feel an inclination to go all out, hoping to secure the one you want and forgoing how high the insurance premiums might be or that actual practical use of your car. Cars are one of those purchases that is so hard to stay cost-efficient with because it’s of such importance regarding your road experience that you’re probably inclined to never settle for anything less.

This mini-guide will help you ascertain if the car you have set your heart on is truly the car you need. If you’re running a family, are trying to budget the correct amount from your auto loan from or simply want to purchase the best model you can, using this guide as opposed to following your hearts frivolous and overspending nature could be the wisest activity you have embarked on in months.


You probably expected our first tip to be espousing the importance of the size, space, and utility that you have to identify before purchase. However, this is not the most important consideration when it comes to purchasing a car. Safety is. You will be able to get the statistics for car safety from the manufacturer you are purchasing from, or you will be able to find the stats for your select model online. If purchasing the car second hand, you need to make sure that the safety implements are all in working order and as sound as the day the car was new. This is the one thing you cannot afford to fall short of. It’s much better to drive a cheaper car with solid safety implements that a more expensive car that looks beautiful but has weakened seatbelts, and airbag that needs replacement or has failed to pass it’s annual checks for a few times in a row. Safety should be your primary concern.


What are you going to use it for? Purchasing a small hatchback, while they save on fuel costs, might not be the best decision if living on winding country roads that are difficult to manoeuvre. You can’t pull a livestock trailer with a car of this sort. However, purchasing a larger car in the city will come with a higher insurance, tax, and fuel rate.

How many children do you have? Should you purchase more seats just in case, you need to carry the whole family or family and friends at the same time? Is size or driveability the most important to you? A good way of ascertaining this is to place a ‘pro’s and con’s’ column down the middle of a sheet of paper and find three positive attributes that you want from a new car. Words like ‘reliability, speed, space’ should be used. When you have found your top three, prioritize those at the expense of all others.

These considerations can help you overcome frivolous spending. When it comes to your purchasing power, there is often so much that you can overbuy that you will have no money left for insurance or tax. Make sure to take those costs out of your budget while looking for a a car, and you can be sure to have enough capital to go around.

Buying a car is an exciting time. But buying a car well is of even more satisfaction.