Which car is best for me ?
Step 1. Assess Your Needs
How many passengers do you need to carry?
What type of driving do you do? Is it primarily highway, surface streets, off-road?
Do you have a long commute and, because of that, is fuel economy important to you?
Do you need all-wheel drive?
What are your must-have features? Think backup camera, leather seats, Apple CarPlay, etc.
What safety features are important to you? Do you want blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking, for example?
What cargo capacity do you need?
Will you be using children’s car seats?
Will you be doing any towing?
How much garage or parking space do you have?
Step 2. Set Your Budget
Step 3. Decide If You Want to Lease or Buy
- You can drive a more expensive car for less money.
- You can drive a new car with the latest technology every few years.
- Most repairs will be covered under the factory warranty.
- There are no trade-in hassles at the end of the lease.
- You have more flexibility to sell the car whenever you want.
- You can modify the car to your tastes.
- There are no mileage penalties if you drive a lot.
- Your car expenses will be lower in the long run provided you pay off the car and keep it a while.
Step 4. Consider Other Cars in the Class
Step 5. Weigh the Costs of Ownership
Step 6. Find Cars for Sale
Step 7. Set Up a Test Drive
Step 8. What to Look For in a Test Drive
Step 9. Pick Your Car
Step 10. Time to Buy or Lease