With a multitude of options available when choosing a car, it can be safely said that it is a buyers’ market. Here are some important things to consider before you go car shopping!
1. Budgeting, budgeting, budgeting!
The buying price is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the total cost of ownership of a car. Consider various factors such as mileage (for fuel costs), insurance premiums, and maintenance. It is also advised to hunt down information about your intended vehicle’s depreciation price (the amount of money you will receive after you resell the car you bought). You can get an idea of the depreciation price by checking out the costs of used cars in your area.
2. Choose the right car
After finalising your price range, you should consider what sort of car is best suited for your requirements. For example, if you are a family of two or three, then it is advised to opt for a hatchback, sedan, or a compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) instead of a large MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle). Keep in mind the duration for which you plan to own the car and consider how your needs may change over time (kids in the future can make a big difference). Also, read reviews about the car you wish to buy so you can make an informed decision.
3. Petrol or diesel?
Modern diesel cars, which often incorporate common-rail technology, are as reliable and performance-oriented as petrol automobiles. These new-age diesel vehicles are fast, highly-efficient, and sometimes offer better drivability than petrol variants. However, diesel cars are a bit more expensive than their petrol counterparts, and need to be maintained diligently.
4. Safety first:
Although a car is considered to be much safer than a two-wheeler, an accident while driving it can still be quite debilitating. Modern cars, including those by Tata Motors, come enhanced with several safety features like ABS (Anti-Braking System), airbags, and more than minimise the risks of injuries in the event of an accident. Even though these life-saving features cost extra, they sure are worth it.
5. Know your manufacturer like the back of your hand
You will find several cars for sale whose manufacturers have stopped producing vehicles or have ceased their operations in India. Avoid buying these cars as getting them serviced or finding spare parts will be problematic in the future. Instead, find information about the automobile manufacturer’s business in India before finalizing.
6. It's all about that test drive
Take your prospective cars out for a long spin. It is ill advised to buy based solely on aesthetics or on someone else’s opinion. What is right for someone else may not be fit for you. While on a test drive, consider comfort levels, ergonomics, safety features, and engine responsiveness. Try out the car on open roads, in traffic, and up and down hills. This will help you understand the true potential of the vehicle.
7. Seek second opinion:
Always take a friend or a relative with you on test drives. They can offer unbiased opinions or comments that will help you make the right decision.
These are some important things to consider before you buy a car. They will help you get the best out of your vehicle's purchase.
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