Chapter 2: Choosing the Right
Vehicle For Your Needs
chapter discusses the factors that should be considered
when deciding on a vehicle to buy or lease. For most of
us, a vehicle is our biggest expense besides real estate
and it pays to spend that money carefully and in a considered
way to optimize that investment. Replacing a vehicle earlier
than planned costs both money and time and this doesn't
account for the time spent in an unsuitable vehicle; like
realizing two days in to a month-long heat-wave that you
should have paid for the air conditioning upgrade!
So, read this chapter and follow the suggestions within
to choose a vehicle that will satisfy your needs as a consumer
and, hopefully, it'll be a joy to drive and a possession
to be proud of when it is parked in front of your house.
the options; two-seater to eight-seater:
- This is a big purchase and a bad decision on a
vehicle is something you have to live with. Don't forget
that a vehicle is a significant expense. It makes sense
to be thoughtful and careful about your purchase.
- Forget about "everyone else" and buy
the car that is right for you. Many people are influenced
by what their friends or neighbors drive. Be smart and
well informed, get the vehicle you can afford and that
suits your own needs, get a good price and don't be influenced
by the choices of others.
needs not wants:
- Evaluate your life, loves and labors
- Life: Think about your needs as a person;
do you need to carry a kayak or tow a trailer?
- Loves: Does the vehicle make you smile
or frown when you look at it?
- Labours: Does your livelihood require
fuel efficiency or horsepower?
- Be honest with yourself
- Don't buy a rally car because you think
you might go down to the Baja Peninsula for an off-road
holiday or get a Ferrari because you might take up
- Do get an SUV with good clearance for
the dirt road to the cottage. (The one you bottomed
out on in your old car every time you drove down it!)
- Discuss your choice with those in your life who
are honest with you
- A good friend can be objective and can point
out things you may have forgotten that would influence
your buying choice, such as, "This new Lamborghini
Murcielago is pretty but it can double the highway
speed limit in first gear and didn't you nearly lose
your license for speeding six months ago?"
- Sometimes our friends know us better than
we know ourselves, especially when we have been bewitched
by an exciting test-drive or a smooth salesperson.
- Remember the little things.
- Over the lifetime of your car, the impact
of the little things can build up and become a big
deal. For example, a car that is a little hard to
climb into the first time will always be hard to get
into, every time you get in.
- Replacing a car earlier than planned because
of a little thing that became a big deal can cost
you beyond the price of irritation.
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