Depending on your perspective, shopping for a new vehicle can be a blessing or a curse. There are obvious factors, like your budget and the number of seats you need to transport your family, but there are a few other things you might not have considered when buying a new vehicle.
Hopefully, once you have established a relationship with a local auto repair shop, like us at Motor Werke, your new car will be with you for many years to come. That’s why it is so important to choose the right vehicle at every stage of life.
Consider Needs Beyond the Immediate
One of the more pressing reasons when buying a new vehicle is a growing family. If you are considering a new car purchase because you’re expecting, congratulations! While you’re busily making sure your dream stroller will fit in the trunk, take a moment to think about how comfortable that back seat will be if, someday, your tiny baby is six feet tall.
Safety Always Comes First
Most people living in the city will manage just fine with a front-wheel drive car and proper winter tires when it’s seasonally appropriate. But let’s face it, a lot of us live in Kelowna specifically because of the proximity to amazing outdoor activities. If your travels frequently take you down the road less traveled, you should give some serious thought to buying a new vehicle equipped with AWD and traction control.
There is More to Budget than Car Payments
When choosing a new car or truck, a monthly car payment you can afford will no doubt be a major consideration. But that’s not the only thing to consider when determining whether or not you can afford a vehicle. Insurance, maintenance costs and fuel consumption will all affect your budget.
When you have narrowed down your choices to a handful of options, contact your insurance company to find out if there will be a big difference in your rates when buying a new vehicle. Keep track of how much driving you do for a month and use Canada’s Fuel Consumption Guide to get a realistic idea of your average monthly fuel cost. Feel free to contact us to talk about what you should set aside for vehicle maintenance every year.
Driving Should Still be Fun
Yes, you need to weigh all of the practical considerations when buying a new vehicle for your family but at the end of the day, if you’re left with something that you absolutely hate to drive, where is the fun in that? Your life circumstances may dictate that you need a minivan or a pickup truck when you’d rather drive a sleek convertible. In that case, spring for the heated seats or the killer sound system. Life is short, do what you can to enjoy it!
Based in Kelowna, BC, Motor Werke specializes in the service and repair of European imports. Our specialties include Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lamborghini, Maserati, Mini, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and VW. We also offer brokering services for a broad range of unique vehicles.