How Do I Choose Which Used Car to Buy?

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Are you wondering, “How do I choose which used car to buy?” This is a common question when you start thinking about all the cars there are out there that you need to sift through. All you know is that you need a new car that you can rely on to get you to and from your daily activities. To help you get started with this overwhelming task, we have compiled a list of the best options for your lifestyle, whether you are a student, outdoor enthusiast or live in an urban or suburban landscape.

The College Student

The student driver needs something that is not only reliable and affordable but is still attractive. Don’t go overboard and get a car that too new or flashy because that will ultimately result in high insurance bills that could be hard to keep up with; choose something rational. Consumer favorites for young adults are the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Hyundai Elantra. These sedans are built to be dependable in various weather conditions as well as cut costs with fuel efficiency–and we know all college students like to save money! These particular sedans are spacious enough to pack up your belongings for traveling back-and-forth from school to home and offer enough room to pile friends in the car for weekend trips.

The Outdoor Adventurer

If your usual commutes consists of dirt roads, snow-covered highways, brutal prairie winds, or mountain passes you need a rugged vehicle that can perform in the worst conditions. Today, companies like Jeep, the original adventure vehicle, the Kia Ronda rugged station wagon, and even the luxurious Cadillac SRX cars that are capable, comfortable, and efficient. The key is not so much which one is the best, but to know what to be looking for in a performance vehicle: 4WD (or at least 2WD); good towing capacity for your boat or camper; ground clearance for off-roading; roomy storage capacity for all your gear; and good gas mileage for extensive traveling.

The City Driver

We can all agree that city driving can be a bit challenging with crowded streets, cramped parallel parking spots, confusing turns, and traffic. This is not to say the perfect city car doesn’t exist, there are actually quite a few that are perfect for these conditions. Our choices include the Toyota Yaris which is a small, but roomy hatchback. It has a combination of reasonable pricing, exciting amenities, and fuel efficiency, which is what most city drivers call the perfect vehicle.

The Family Vehicle

Family vehicles have to have enough cargo space for strollers, sports equipment, backpacks, groceries, the family dog, and the list goes on. Parents have enough tough decisions, but finding the right vehicle shouldn’t be one of them. What families need and want in a new or used car, van or SUV is quality, space and family-friendly features. The classic choice is the Dodge Grand Caravan for innovative seating configurations and entertainment features for the kids. The SUV of choice is the Toyota Highlander that has great versatility and 4WD for those families that love getting outdoors. For the urban family the user-friendly INFINITI FX is a compact, light, and efficient option for getting around town.

If you need more help deciding which car would be perfect for you contact our experts at Drive Now at 602-345-8001. We can walk you through the process from beginning to end.