When it comes to buying a car, many people consider a wide variety of factors before choosing one. One of them is the country of origin. For instance, some drivers will prefer purchasing a Japanese vehicle as most brands are synonymous with quality and durability at an affordable price. Chances are that you will spend less at your local Nissan or Subaru repair and maintenance shop than if you owned a car from another country.
For others, it’s all about luxury and design. In cases like these, brands such as Porsche, Audi, Mercedes Benz, and BMW will take precedence over many others, and people will either save or get a loan to afford them.
Finally, a third group goes for muscle. These are individuals who are generally not that concerned with fuel efficiency or even overall quality. Instead, they focus more on horsepower, the size of the engine, and the number of pistons working in unison. For them, nothing beats the taste of Americana and the roar of a Pontiac GTO, a Chevrolet Chevelle, or a Plymouth Firebird.
Regardless of which group you belong to, the key is finding a balance between price, quality, longevity, and personal happiness. After all, if one or several are missing, you will, without a doubt, not be satisfied with your purchase.
Having said that, let us look at the different ways to do it.
The right car for the right person
Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton once said, “The way I drive, the way I handle a car, is an expression of my inner feelings.” Like his, there are plenty of other quotes on the unique relationship between a vehicle and its owner.
But why is that? How can a four-wheeled piece of metal, rubber, and plastic possess such a strong bond with a human being, especially a man? How can one look at a lifeless machine and be mesmerized and fascinated by it?
These and other questions will probably never be answered. Still, there is no denying that a specific car can and will have a deep effect on a specific person. What that effect is, varies from one individual to the other, but it is always there.
As such, if you are going to buy a car, take the time to explore and let yourself feel. By doing so, you will slowly begin to recognize which automobile is most suitable for you.
Environmental friendliness and sustainability
Over the past decade or so, a wealth of studies have been done on how serious exhaust gases are to our environment. Among other things, when inhaling them into our bodies, they can lead to the buildup of carbon dioxide, which will cause serious tissue damage. In the worst-case scenario, they may also usher complete physical poisoning and even death.
Of course, gas-guzzling cars are not the only source of these highly volatile, hazardous fumes. There are also factories in many nations across the globe emitting all kinds of chemicals into the atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do anything to prevent or minimize the destruction they represent both to our planet and ourselves.
Luckily, many car manufacturers in many nations have come to the understanding that saving the planet shouldn’t come at the expense of design, driveability, and comfort. Hence, you can now choose something you love visually yet doesn’t look like a recycling bin.
Size, convenience, and the internet of things
Convenience is often defined as the state of being able to move forward with something with little effort or difficulty. If you can do something easily, quickly, and yielding the expected results, it is convenient. Examples include smartphones that serve as telephones and computers and Swiss army knives that allow you to perform ample tasks with a tiny mechanical gadget.
From a car perspective, this word has never before rung truer than it does now. We will live in a world with close to eight billion people, a world that is shrinking before our very eyes and soon will not be able to contain everything it holds. A result of this is traffic jams like we have never seen and an exponential increase in the time we spend inside our vehicles.
In a practical sense, your best bet is to buy something small, easy to drive, and multi-functional. To put it simply, you need something smart.
As we have seen, there are three vital elements to consider when making your choice of vehicle. They are yourself and your personality, the surrounding environment, and the needs you have. As we move further into the 21st century, they will continue to influence the decisions we make when buying a car.