4 vehicle-purchasing questions to ask yourself
By answering these questions, you should be able to make a well-informed decision on the ideal vehicle for you.
1. What are my needs?
What is my household situation?
- I live alone
- I live with my spouse
- I have kids... or one is on the way
- I have young adults who like to borrow the car
- I never leave without my sports equipment
- I’m always ready for an adventure
- I never leave the city
- It’s my first car!
Always choose a car based on your needs/situation, it should never be an impulse purchase.
Choosing the right vehicle takes time and effort. You don’t want to have to start over 6 months or a year from now.
2. What is my budget?
Your budget will affect your decisions. Do I want to:
- Buy or lease?
- Finance or pay cash?
- Get a basic or luxury model?
- Get the standard features or a special package?
- Have front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive?
- Drive a sedan, SUV or truck?
Buying a new or used car will depend on your ability to pay as well as your expected usage.
You might prefer a used vehicle when:
- Your kids will be driving
- You don’t expect to drive very much
- You plan on loading it up with camping gear driving on remote country roads
- You get a good deal!
3. What expenses should you expect?
For your vehicle to be roadworthy, you must pay the:
- Licence and registration
- Insurance (the cost will vary depending on several factors like make, model, where you live). Request a quote from your insurer before you buy.
- Regular check-ups
- Summer/winter tires
- And more.
Ask about the cost of replacement parts (heated windshields are expensive to replace!), the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, the price of tires, etc.
4. What are the car’s ratings?
Find out what’s most important for you:
- Interior finishes (size, comfort, soundproofing)
- Fuel economy
- Carbon footprint
Do your homework! Consult specialized websites and literature for reviews before your make your final decision.
Remember! When buying a used car, be sure to pay attention to the year because not all years will have favourable reviews.