Finding The Right New Car For You

Today’s guest post is from Edward Pacheco, an auto enthusiast who shares his knowledge about new cars, auto insurance, and pricing at

Buying a new car is a big decision that you will be forced to deal with for years to come after the purchase. Nobody out there wants to spend their hard earned money on a new car just to find out that they don’t like it a few months down the road. This is why it is very important to really consider what you are looking for in a new vehicle. Making a hasty decision that leaves you unsatisfied has the potential to make you miserable each time you get in the driver’s seat. Just think how bad it would be if every morning you got into your vehicle and said to yourself that you should have went with the Nissan Altima instead of the Honda Accord. After a few days of this you would be going crazy! Take your time when in the market for a new vehicle. There really is no rush at all. The car dealerships will still be there after you have done your research.

Think about what kind of car will best fit your needs. If you have a large family, or young kids, you may want to go with an SUV such as a Ford Explorer or Honda Accord Crosstour. These automobiles are big enough to handle multiple passengers comfortably. If you are constantly taking your kids to and from school or practice you may want to look into a crossover SUV or wagon such as the new Cadillac CTS wagon. In addition, if you live in a part of the country that gets a lot of snow then an SUV or otherwise 4WD vehicle will be able to handle it much better. Having the peace of mind that your family is safe while on the roadways is priceless. If you find yourself traveling a lot for work or have a long daily commute then you may want to look into a car that gets great gas mileage. Cars like the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Honda Civic are known to get 35+ miles per gallon on the highway. If you spend a lot of time driving and want to save money on gas then this type of vehicle would make sense. Furthermore, these types of cars are well-made and have a reputation of lasting forever.

If outdoor activities are your thing then you should think about buying a truck. Trucks come in all shapes and sizes. There are smaller trucks like the Ford Ranger and larger ones like the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD. Depending on what you are into there is a truck that will fit your needs. The smaller trucks are great for throwing your camping gear in the back and hitting the campground for a long weekend. The bigger trucks, on the other hand, can handle things such as towing a boat or hauling around large loads in the bed. A sedan is the perfect car for people who want a combination of size and efficiency. Sedans, like the Hyundai Sonata, get good gas mileage but also have plenty of room in the backseat and the trunk. If you need a car to drive around town for grocery shopping or the occasional night out then a sedan could be a perfect fit. Sedans are also good for driving in bad weather because they have enough power to navigate through the snow with ease. They are also a little bit wider than a smaller, compact car which makes them more stable and smoother driving.

Make sure to take any make and model that you are interested in on a test drive, The best way to figure out if a car is good for your daily routine is to try it out. Get a feel for how comfortable the car is and how it rides. If you are satisfied with how it performs then you can add it to your list of potential cars. If there is something you do not like about it simply cross it off of your list and move onto the next one. Look at things such as potential blind spots on the sides of the car as well as how well you can see over the steering wheel. Though these things may seem like minor details, they are very important to some.

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8 Responses

  1. MoneyCone says:

    And most important of all – check gas mileage and readup on customer reviews and reliability ratings.

    Stay clear of ‘paid’ reviews and 5 stars based on ‘initial quality’. Reliability should be a huge factor when purchasing a car, not just looks.

  2. Kevin Yu says:

    Great post. One thing that I’ve noticed when I drive is how much noise isolation the car has. When I’m stuck in traffic, I hate hearing the “honking & beeping” in the city.

  3. Harry says:

    I wrote about this subject myself recently, and it was great to see your view on it Buck.

  4. I myself do not do a lot of car shopping, but i do keep track of car prices and how they fluctuate each year. It’s very important to get a car that you can live with for awhile, but it’s also very important that you can AFFORD that car. Always think before you act, and in my opinion, always go USED*

    What’s funny is there seems to be a new trend every 5 years or so, and now we seem to be heading into some sort of hybrid/electric age–but what concerns me about these cars are the possible system failures or delicate electronic malfunctions that lie down the road.

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