So you are in the market for a small car. With increasing fuel costs and fears of global warming the small car market is one that is certainly growing. There are a number of very good brands making highly reliable small cars, so how do you choose the right small car for you? The purpose of this post is to give you some ideas about what you should be looking for when buying a car.
Five things to look for when buying a small car
- Dependability – This is one of the most important factors (besides safety) that you should be considering. There is nothing more frustrating than having your car breakdown at an inappropriate time (or at all). Japanese cars are the most reliable. European cars are okay they are certainly getting better, but try an avoid anything made in Italy or France. And if you are considering a Chinese car, don’t, they are cheap, there is a reason for that – they break.
- Safety – Safety is of utmost important. Many cars have made tremendous progress in the area of safety, with side air bags, crumple protection, side impact protection, the list goes on. Make sure your car has the maximum safety features available.
- Is there capped price servicing? If you happen to be investing in a brand-new car under warranty this is a very significant one. It is great to know that there is a maximum amount you are going to have to pay for getting your car serviced in the following 3 to 5 years.
- What is the warranty period? -. A lot of car makers will provide 3 to 10 year warranties (free of charge). You want peace of mind that your brand new car will be reliable and you won’t be continuously paying for repairs so make sure it has a decent warranty. If a manufacturer is offering 5 or 10 year warranties they a probably very confident in the reliability of their brand.
- How comfortable is it to drive? It is very important that you feel comfortable driving your car. There is no point in driving a car that will give you a back ache or you can’t see properly out all the windows. Spend time driving a lot of small cars until you are sure you will be comfortable while driving.
What’s a good price for a small car?
A good question you can pick up a very good car that is reliable for less than $15,000, so shop around for a bargain. Just make sure it is fits all the above requirements to.
Many dealers will try and upsell you on additional features that are not crucial like rust proofing (if a car today is in real danger of rusting then don’t buy it), prolonged warranties (ask the dealer why they feel the additional warranty is necessary, is the car undependable?)
Shop around and do your homework and you should find a great little car that is right for you.