Buying a car is exciting, but it can also be pretty stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few things to remember when choosing your next vehicle to ensure you get a whip that’s right for you.
1. The climate where you live. Listen, if you live in San Diego, get whatever the heck you want within your budget. You’re going to be fine. But if you live in, say, Vermont or Colorado, you want to look for a vehicle that will be safe and mobile in snow and ice, so you may be more interested in all-wheel drive than your BFF in Los Angeles is.
2. The parking situation where you live. In New York City, a Mazda Miata may make a lot more sense in terms of parking than, say, a Hummer (which, honestly, makes no sense in any context other than a war zone). If you’re going to be parallel parking or even just have a very narrow driveway, a Honda Civic may be better for you than an Escalade.
3. Your height. As a card-carrying member of the Lollipop Guild, I can personally attest to the fact that there are some cars I simply don’t feel comfortable driving because I can’t always see what I’m doing. Conversely, if you’re lanky, you may not be comfortable driving tinier vehicles because you may feel cramped.
4. Your passengers. If you fly solo or just have a pal or partner or pup with you most of the time, you have a lot more options than the team soccer mom. There’s no shame in a mini-van if that’s what makes sense for your lifestyle!
5. Your commute time. If you travel 50 miles each way to work everyday, you’re going to want something fuel efficient. If you plan to use your car mostly for day to day errands, however, that may not be quite as important to you.