What guides us while choosing a car from secondary market?
What questions should you ask yourself before choosing an ideal car?
Are you planning to buy a car? Do you want to make your dream come true or maybe getting from point A to point B is enough for you? One thing is certain – if you want to choose the perfect car, then a few questions we have come up with will help you a lot.
What is my budget?
It is well known that the larger the budget the greater choice of models, brands and equipment options you will have. Setting the upper limit of your budget may be a good idea, so that your dream car doesn’t make you go bakrupt. Decide whether you prefer an older vehicle, but with better equipment, or maybe a newer model, but with a basic package. The following price classification with regard to brands will be of great help to you.
We have several price brackets at our disposal:
- cheap cars – e.g.: Aixam, Dacia, FSO, Daewoo, Łada
- popular cars – e.g.: Volkswagen, Opel, Suzuki, Honda,Toyota,FIAT, Chevrolet, Ford, Škoda, Citroën, Renault, Peugeot, Kia, Hyundai. SEAT,
- luxury cars – e.g.: Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Acura, Lexus, Land Rover, Jaguar,Lancia, Lincoln, Cadillac, Buick, Volvo
- superluxury cars – e.g.: Maybach, Rolls-Royce, Bentley,
- sports cars – e.g.: Porsche, Maserati, Aston Martin, Lotus,
- supercars – e.g.: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, McLaren Ltd, Koenigsegg
What do I need the car for?
Do you commute? Do you need a second car or maybe a for-fun Sunday vehicle? Here are the most common types of bodywork and thus their application:
- urban cars (mini, segment A) – cars designed for urban driving; characterized by small size and low exploitation costs. They’re not useful for out-of-town routes.
- small cars (segment B) – they offer more seats than segment A cars and they have a practical trunk. It allows you to use them outside of town. They’re often used as „another city car” in the family.
- compact cars (lower-medium class, segment C) – medium-sized cars designed for city and out-of-town driving. They offer space for five adults and contain a trunk.
- medium class cars (family cars, segment D) – providing comfortable conditions for five adults (with luggage) on longer distances.
- upper-medium class cars (segment E) – large, comfortable and well-equipped cars designed not only for families but also as a representative limousines for companies.
- luxury cars (segment F) – limousines with the highest level of equipment and best (often largest) engines.
- sports cars – (segment G) – this class is comprised of a very large group of vehicles. Standard cars in this class include two- or three-door coupé.
- cabriolets (segment H) – cars with folding roof (hard or soft) or even witohout roof at all.
- off-road cars (segment I) – cars enabling you to off-road driving.
- SUVs – large, luxury cars resembling off-road vehicles.
- cross-overs – SUV-like cars associated with segment C. Boosted cars with the kombi type of bodywork.
- vans (segment K) – spacious cars capable of taking five adults with a large luggage.
How many kilometers do I intend to make?
Supplementary question. What is your monthly maintenance budget? This is a particularly important question that will allow you to calculate your monthly costs. After selecting the model and the age of the car it is worth checking real combustion (based on users opinion) on Autocentrum portal. Calculate how many kilometres you will make per month. Add another 20% so that the total amount doesn’t surprise you. Multiply the number of kilometres by the number of liters you car burns and then multiply it by the current fuel price.
City or out-of-town driving?
Once you’ve gotten the answer to this question, you know whether to look for a diesel or petrol engine.
The general rule is that the diesel engine is more economical. It’s true but only in part. In fact, diesel burns less when used on longer distances, on route. So when does the route starts? Basically, when the engine is heated up to about 90 degrees and we’re moving at a steady speed and when the revs are stable.
The maintenance costs of diesel are higher. It’s simply a matter of more advanced parts used in that kind of engine. So if you are driving while the engine is cold, on short distances, it is undoubtedly better to choose the petrol engine. Do you need detailed calculations? Check this link and find out which type of engine will be the most profitable for your needs.
If you find the answers to the above questions, it will become obvious which car you should select. If you still have doubts about your choice, we invite you to free consultations with our specialists (click).