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Choosing the Right Vehicle

Has the time come to buy a new car? The search for a new vehicle is an exciting time filled with possibilities. You could go in any direction you want, but it’s important to consider your specific needs. Depending on your budget, family situation, and lifestyle, certain vehicles might be better suited to your individual circumstances.

Consider the following if you’re in the market for a new car:

What Are Your Needs?

Your ideal vehicle will depend on your lifestyle and what you expect from a car. Some people like to make a statement with their vehicles, but for most of us, practicality is the most important feature in a car. Here are some practical considerations to think about when you’re searching for a new vehicle:

  • How many passengers will you need to carry?
  • How long is your commute? How important is fuel economy?
  • What type of driving do you normally do? Is it primarily highways, off-road, or suburb/city streets?
  • What cargo capacity will you need?
  • Will you be using any child car seats?
  • Will you be doing any towing?
  • What safety features are important to you?
  • Do you need all-wheel drive?
  • How much garage or parking space do you have?

Determining what your vehicle needs to be functional can help you narrow down a selection of vehicles. For example, if you’re a single person who does a lot of driving, a smaller and fuel-efficient sedan may be right for you – while a parent choosing a family vehicle might opt for something with more space for cargo and passengers.

Set a Budget

Unless you’re paying cash for your car, you should think about how you are going to finance this purchase. Consider how much you’ll be able to allocate towards your vehicle each month; deciding which vehicles you can afford will make a big difference when it’s time to make a decision.

Lease or Buy?

Have you weighed the costs and benefits of leasing your vehicle versus buying it outright? There are pros and cons to each option. Leasing allows you to drive a more expensive car for less money, comes with fewer hassles when it’s time to trade, and covers most repairs under the warranty for peace of mind. Buying, on the other hand, allows you more freedom and flexibility to modify or sell the car if you want. Buying also does not come with any mileage limits and you often wind up saving money in the long run if you plan on keeping the car for a while after you finish paying it off.

Consider Alternatives

You may have your heart set on a specific vehicle, but what if that vehicle won’t fit into your budget? It pays to do your research. A similar vehicle from a different manufacturer could have all the features you want while remaining budget-friendly.

Explore Your Options

Now that you know what you’re looking for in a vehicle, it’s time to start calling local dealerships and doing some test drives to make sure that the car you’ve chosen is really going to work for you. Once you’ve tested a vehicle for yourself, you can be sure that you are making the right decision. The professionals at Kelly Grimsley KIA of San Angelo are here to help make your decision as easy as possible. Simply reach out to us today to get the process started!