(Closed) When buying a car, did you consider any of the following factors?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
3053 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I considered mpg, safety, costs of repairs…basically just that. I like little cars so I don’t have to worry about too much other than “do I like it” lol for my SO, I had to convince her to get a v6 engine instead of a v8 for cost of fuel. I also did some talking to get her to get an smaller suv instead of a freaking ford f150. I wanted to cry just imagining the gas spent on that truck!

Post # 4
2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

When I bought my car I had just walked away from a pretty bad accident uninjured and the vehicle I was in was a Volkswagen. That was the biggest factor when I decided to go with another Volkswagen. I also knew the cost of servicing and parts replacement which is why I chose to buy a Certified Pre-Owned car (excellent warranty). Plus I don’t owe anything on it so if I need to fix something I can swing it. Insurance on this car is more affordable than other makes/models I’ve considered in the past.

Post # 5
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We considered safety stats first, then price, how they hold value, repair costs, and fuel efficiency in that order!

Post # 6
8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Thanks, OP, for posting this!

I am going to most likely have to buy a new car soon, and I want to make sure I consider everything before I purchase. I know my main thing is reliability since I travel 60 miles each day for work. 

Post # 7
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Not really. It has to be American, which in turn is usually cheaper maintence. Safety is important, but really it just has to look nice, be big enough, and fuel economy is a plus!

Post # 8
2890 posts
Sugar bee


Cost of servicing Not sure what this is ? I buy pre-owned cars, so I’ll check with CAA if the price they ask is reasonable according to the year, brand, kms and options. 
Cost of replacement parts Yes ! That’s why I  decided not to get a Volkswagen.
Cost of tyres No. 
Engine size/power Somehow.
Fuel consumption Yes. One of the first things I check actually.
Environmentally friendly I can’t afford the new technology, but yes in regard of the previous answer. I look both how much it consumes ($$) but also how much it ”wastes” CO into the air.
Price Yes.
Aesthetics Yes. 
Safety Yes.
Cost to insure Yes.

I could summarize all this by saying : when I wanted to buy a car, I decided on a budget, I determined what my needs were, and what was important to me. I set a list of criterias. Then I chose 5-6 car brands that meet my general criterias and were within my price range, and I compare and look at feedbacks online (and read about the tests CAA run for each car). Then I decided not to go with a Volks since it’s significantly more expensive for repairs. I decided not to get a Mitsubishi because the insurance prices were higher. I decided not to get another Hyundai because having driven one (Accent) I didn’t like how unstable it was on the road when it was windy, and it had a hard time driving up a hill. So I went with something that would provide more stability on the road and was more powerful, while still being affordable, not too bad for environment, not to expensive on gas, and looked good overall (had no rust and barely any scratch), and scored well on crash tests (all this info is provided from CAA).

I found a car I liked, I got it inspected and called CAA to know if the price they were asking was reasonable (they evaluated it for me, free) and once they confirmed it was a good deal, and the mechanical inspection confirmed my car was like brand-new, I purchased it. I ended up with my Mazda 3 and I’m 100% satisfied. 🙂

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