Criteria to consider when buying a car

One of the most expensive purchases you will ever make in life is buying a car and this usually comes second to buying a house. On the average, people spend thousands of dollars yearly on the automotive luxury. With hundreds of diverse models of sedans, sports cars, trucks and SUVs on the market right now, it’s up to you to pick which type of vehicle suits you best. When it comes to buying this automotive luxury, there are certain criterias that must be checked before you make the move of buying a car. To help you out, here are some criteria to consider when narrowing down your list of new cars.


1. FEATURES OF THE CAR: The latest range of cars are equipped with a wide range of features imaginable on their newest model year vehicle. These features are designed in such a way that makes the car more comfortable, more attractive and safer to use. Internal features include backup cameras, remote entry, heated seats, in-car Wifi, leather seats, in-car navigation and others. The external features include mud flaps upgraded wheels, bumper guards paint protection etc. The more the sophisticated features of the car is, the higher the price of the car.

2. THE DRIVETRAIN: The drivetrain of a car refers to the system of components that makes the vehicle move and it can also be called the powertrain. The drivetrain consists of the engine, the transmission and the powered axles. Since every new car comes with several options for its drivetrain, it is pertinent to consider how each of them will function before taking a stand.

  • THE ENGINE: The engine is the car’s power plant. It is the biggest factor that determines the speed of the car and its overall fuel efficiency. The engines are categorized by either the number of cylinders in the engine and the motors overall displacement in litres. The number of cylinders found in most cars ranges from four to eight in configuration. The lower the number of cylinders, the lesser the amount of power and the rate of acceleration. Vehicles with low fuel displacement per litres tend to enjoy high fuel efficiency.


  • THE TRANSMISSION: For the transmission, you only have two options to choose from the manual transmission and the automatic transmission. Modern vehicle comes with an automatic transmission that will connect the clutch and the shift gear on its own. The manual transmission is in clear contrast to the automatic transmission as it requires the driver to engage the clutch and the gears.


  • THE POWERED AXLES: This refers to the specific axle in a vehicle that receives power from the engine. Different configurations of powered axles can be found in modern vehicles and they include the front wheel drive (FWD), the rear wheel drive (RWD), the four-wheel drive (4WD) and the all-wheel drive (AWD).


3. BUDGET: This is indeed the principal criteria to be considered because it will go a long way in determining the type of vehicle you will purchase. Most people tend to limit their budget to cost of purchasing the car which is a wrong practice. Your budget should also include the running cost, the maintenance cost for a couple of months (say three months), the insurance cost and other miscellaneous expenses. The running cost refers to the cost of using the car e.g. cost of fuelling the car. This is because purchasing a car tends to put a dent in your wallet and you never can tell the cost to be incurred immediately after purchasing your car.

Other criterias include;
·Availability of parts
·Reliability of Automaker
·The use of safety technology
·The warranty on the car and its part

There are numerous advantages of buying a car but this decision might prove to be costly if some
of the criterias highlighted above are not carefully considered.