When it comes time to buy a new car, there are several factors you need to consider. Reliability, of course, is always a top priority. Fortunately, however, with newer technology and vehicle history reports, finding a reliable car isn’t difficult anymore.
Now, finding a new car is more about selecting a vehicle that best suits your needs.
For example, what’s better for your lifestyle, car or SUV? Each option comes with its own perks and benefits. However, there may be a few things you haven’t considered.
Read on for our car buying guide and top tips on how to choose between the sedan and the sport utility vehicle.
As with most purchases, you need to consult your budget. When buying a car or SUV, you need to know how much you can afford. In most cases, a used car is going to be less expensive than a used SUV of equivalent year and quality.
SUVs are bigger more powerful, and thus, more expensive. If you’re working with a limited budget, a car more is a more appropriate purchase.
Passenger and Cargo Space
On a separate note, if you have a big family, a used SUV may be the more practical vehicle. SUVs come with plenty of passenger seating and cargo space.
They make great vehicles for family road trips. They are also more convenient for simple trips to restaurants, the grocery store, and other events.
If you can’t decide between a car or SUV, it may be helpful to consider fuel costs. SUVs are bigger, heavier, and more powerful than cars. This perk, however, comes with a cost.
SUVs are typically much more expensive to drive in terms of fuel consumption. On average, cars will get 10-15 more miles more to the gallon. If your lifestyle requires a lot of driving for work or pleasure, you can save a lot of money with a more fuel-efficient option, such as a used sedan.
Size may also be an important factor of consideration. If you live in the city, you may find a car easier to maneuver about.
However, if you have a new driver, you may want something bigger that can provide more protection in the event of an accident. That being said, SUVs have higher rollover rates.
Finally, you need to think about what else you may be using the vehicle for. For example, if you and your family enjoy camping, hiking, and other outdoor recreational activities, an SUV may prove to be a more practical option. SUVs often come with four-wheel drive.
Many SUVs are also powerful enough to tow things like boats and campers. They also come with more storage, as noted above for trips out into the wilderness.
What’s in Your Future: Car or SUV?
We hope we’ve helped you in your conundrum of car or SUV. If you still can’t decide, however, be sure to check out some of our other articles before you go. You can also look through our inventory to get a better idea of your options and prices.
Finally, if you’re ready to pull the trigger, you can apply for a loan through our dealership. We look forward to working with you!