This post was last updated on July 16th, 2018 at 03:43 pm
Vehicle purchase guide based on engine performance
Unfortunately, high-performance engines are synonymous with high fuel consumption. Although technology advancement is trying to address this. Basically, a 4 inline engine will consume more fuel than a v6 engine. Similarly, a v6 guzzle more fuel than a V8.
Also, consider a good engine CC, power & torque while going for a vehicle. It decides how good your car can move head while pickup, rough terrains. If you want to pull a trailer for example, then you need a V8 engine.
On the good side, this fuel consumption is compensated with high horsepower and torque with is ideal for a long distance journey. When travelling a long distance, a low-performance vehicle may run out of steam when you floor the gas pedal all the way. Watch out for the followings as far as the performance of a vehicle is concerned:
- Tires and wheels: The bigger the rims, the wider the road terrain the car can thread. Also, go for an all season tire if you do not have an extreme temperature.
- Mechanical: Engine size for a high compression ratio starts at 3.0L. If you need high-speed performance, the fuel type should be gas. Cylinders should be V6 at the least. Horsepower and Torque are also under consideration here.
6. Vehicle purchase guide based on safety and security
A high to moderate safety rating is paramount when you are choosing your next car. You wouldn’t want to use a sedan in a swamp. Swamps require special build and tires that is why only special truck navigate through swampy terrain. As for security, you need basic security measures in the event of accidents. Don’t buy a car that has an already deployed airbags. Or one without any airbags.
Safety is a requirement because you need to be alive to ride your car right. Safety feature like airbags, crossbars, braking efficiency, EBD, uphill breaking and ABS are to be considered. A car with Airbags is a must. (At least 2 – one for driver & other for co-driver)
It is better to avoid the base versions of any model. For obvious reasons, most of the times they won’t be having any kind of safety specifications. Go for the model which have the minimum/basic safety specs & a tougher build quality material.
List of safety and security features you should look out for in a car
- Front headrests
- Rear headrests
- auto delay of headlamps
- child seat anchors
- daytime running lights
- Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc bracks
- dual front side-mounted airbags
- dusk sensing headlamps
- electronic brakeforce distribution
- Engine immobilizer
- front and rear head airbags
- Also a front fog/driving lights is great
- Front seatbelt pre-tensioners
- Remote Anti-theft alarm system
- Stability control
- Tires pressure monitoring
- traction control
- high-intensity discharge headlamps
- ABS brakes
- Emergency braking assist
- Emergency interior trunk release
- Rear center 3-points belts
- Rear door child safety locks
Note: After the purchase of your can, please embark on additional safety and security measures such as going for insurance, buying a vehicle tracker or installing other forms of car anti-theft devices
7. Vehicle purchase guide: Comfort and convenience
if you want heated seats, go for them. Similarly, if you need a navigation system with rearview camera, include it. I love full option vehicles. However, try to limit all the add-ons to what you will actually use. A bit larger space. Interior comforts, smoothness of the car, visibility and dashboard comforts are to be considered.
Also, a history of excellent reliability, attractive styling, the latest technology and safety features, premium audio system, comfortable 8-way adjustable seating, heated seats
In addition, legroom is also a factor, especially for tall people. A Coupe or a compact sedan will be unsuitable for you if you are tall. You will need a large or midsize sedan. Watch out for the followings when looking for additional features for your vehicle:
Some of the technology and features in modern cars
8. vehicle purchase guide: In-Car Entertainment
- Surround Audio Surround Audio (Discrete)
- Provided Satellite Radio Service yes
- Element Antenna
- AM/FM Stereo
- Speed Sensitive Volume Control
- Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
- A lot of speakers. some cars have as many as 15 Total Speakers
- USB Connection yes
- A certain number of Watts Stereo Output
- Radio Data System yes
Vehicle purchase guide: the conclusion
Let me use this medium to address my people in Africa and other underdeveloped economies. Buying a car is not as difficult as maintaining it. I have had many friends who rushed to buy cars and sold them off shortly after simply because they couldn’t buy fuel regularly. Please cut your coat according to your cloth when purchasing a vehicle. Like I said if you want to use it for business, buy a diesel engine. However, if you are a city driver, go for a hybrid car or a fuel efficient one like Toyota Prius, Honda civics or even Nissan Micra.
For the rich and mighty, I will only advice you to put safety and performance ahead of every other thing since maintenance cost is not an issue for you.
Summarily, every car owner wanst his other car to be reliable. Hence, reliability should come above every other thing. I wish you the very best of luck as you make that thrilling decision to buy your next car.