Back in the days while I was growing up, I used to think the bigger your car, the more rewarding it is to you. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. I am going to discuss a topic that appeals to not only current car owners, but also to aspiring ones. This is a handy vehicle purchase guide for all. It will help you if you are buying a car for the first time, changing between brands of cars or upgrading your vehicle to a higher spec one.
Vehicle purchase guide: list of vehicles/cars by body types
A vehicle with all intents and purposes is a thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, truck, or cart. We have various categorization of vehicles. However, for this post, I will be using the categorization based on body type or structure. You will agree with me that the most popular types of cars are the ones listed below:
Contemporary sedans feature four doors and are marketed to families or buyers not attracted to the sporty looks of a coupe. Examples of such is Mercedes-Benz c-class, Acura TL, RL, TSX, Toyota Camry, Lexus es 300, honda accord and so on. We also have a sub-category of sedans such as Midsised sedans(e.g Acura tl), compact-sized(e.g 2009 honda accord) and soon.
A hatchback is a car type with a rear door that opens upwards. They typically feature a four-door configuration, excluding the rear door. However, we now have many 2 doors hatchbacks. Examples of four-door hatchbacks include Hyundai Grand i10. For 2 doors, think of volks polo GTI and the likes
- Convertible: If you can drop the top to feel the wind in your hair, the car is a convertible
A multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) or multi-utility vehicle (MUV) are commonly known as ‘people carriers’. Examples: Acura MDX, Nissan MPV, dASTUN go +
Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV)
Sport utility vehicles are based on a truck or passenger-car platform. SUVs based on a passenger-car platform are called crossovers. Crossovers and truck-based SUVs look the same with truck-style looks, such as the Dodge Durango or Chevrolet Suburban. Examples: Honda CR-V, Toyota Rav4, Landrover, range rover sport, and so on
A coupe has two doors and a conventional trunk or a sloping back with a hinged rear cargo hatch that opens upward.
All sports cars feature two doors and come as a coupe, such as a Dodge Viper, or as a convertible roadster, such as the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
- Station Wagons
- Luxury: We have your Lexus, Audi, Benz, BMW
- And finally, trucks and pickup. E.g toyota Hilux, tundra
1. Vehicle purchase guide: Suitability in form of your taste, type or style
Firstly, you need to have the type of vehicle you want in mind. You can achieve this in various form, 1. seeing one a family or friends is riding. 2. Do your online research, 3. get a professional advice and 4. Go to the car seller and look around for any design that blows your mind away. I recommend two things, see the car online and physically on the stands.
This one basically determines what and how the car will serve. Is it a family sedan? Or a tiny city compact car? Or quite the contrary, forest pick-up truck? I don’t think this criterion needs further advice on what body type serves what purpose.
Type of Car (Segment) — Decide which type of car you want: Hatchback — smooth city drive, great mileage. Compact Sedan — comfortable city drive, a bit larger space, good mileage, in a budget, additional features. Sedan — a bit luxury, good space, comfortable for driving for long distance SUV — Powerful, comfortable, meant for long driving sessions, other great features
The purpose for buying car: An individual can buy a car for two purposes:— (1)Personal Use — If you want to purchase a car for personal use then go for comfortable and medium range or high range car depending on your budget.(2) Commercial Use — If for commercial purposes then go for non-expensive and comfortable cars. I will suggest a diesel engine if you need a truck or pickup. If you have a family of 4 or 5, you can make do with a 5 seater sedan. However, if you have a large family, you might want to consider an MPV or a bus.
2. Vehicle purchase guide by budget and cost of maintenance
First of, don’t ever go above your budget. Secondly, research the cost of maintenance ahead of purchase. It is generally believed that luxurious cars such as Benz, Audi, BMW..have high cost of maintenance.
How much can you afford on a car?
Take a look at your budget and figure out how much money you’ve got left after the basic needs, like feeding, rents and a little for upkeep have been deducted. Remeber, you will still need to spend a little on the car after purchase.
New or used?
You’ve probably heard that a new car loses thousands in value the moment you drive it off the lot. Since that saying is actually true, let some other guys drive the car off the lot. Then you buy it at a reduced price. “A good two- or three-year-old used car is the best automotive buy out there,” Quincy says. If you are a city dweller, you can buy a brand low-performance vehicle for cheap. Vehicles that fall within this range includes KIA, Hyundai, Civic and so on.
vehicle purchase guide: Buy or lease?
Buying is always a better deal, as you can get years of service from a vehicle after it’s paid off. If you lease, you will always be making car payments. When you buy a car, you know exactly what the price is.
3. Vehicle purchase guide: the vehicle history and recall checks effect
It is equally important to check the vehicle history before your purchase. Do this especially if you are buying a used car without any warranty. As for new car users, you can rely on your warranty in case any problem arises. Always remember that a used car seller may not tell you all the truth about the problem of the car.
I am happy to tell you that you have various online resources that can help you with this. Questions like
- The engine condition along with its service history and logs
- Probable accident history of the concerned vehicle, if any.
- Numbers of previous owners.
- Original mileage(just in case the one on the odometer has been doctored.
Websites where you can check your vehicle information for free
Some vehicles are notorious for certain problems as they age. For example, most Toyota sedans have poor interior quality. Some Hondas have suspension issues(e.g cv joints), Also on Honda, check out if the model you want to by is not plagued by transmission issues, engine rattling and so on.
4. Vehicle purchase guide based on fuel type: Premium gas, regular gas, diesel or hybrid.
This is another very delicate decision to make. If you want a city car and you have the money, buy a hybrid/electric car. If you leave in a country where there is no premium gas around, please don’t buy any car that requires a premium gas. Finally, for you big commercial vehicles like trucks, trailers, pickups, buses, try and source for an engine that uses diesel.
5. Vehicle purchase guide: Miles per gallon (MPG) vs engine performance