How To Choose

When you come to buying a new car it is important to be practical about your specific needs and what it is that you require from your vehicle. If you are a first time buyer or have not bought a car in a long time then you may be unsure of where to start. For your benefit we have put together a list of checks that you can undertake to get the process underway and help determine what will be the right vehicle for you.

Cabin Space

This will probably be one of the first things which comes to mind when thinking about the type of car you are going to buy. Do you need a lot of space? Do you regularly transport goods or luggage? Or do you just like to have plenty of room to relax when you are on the road? Sometimes a good way to answer these questions is by looking at the model you currently own. For example, if your used Volkswagen Beetle is proving to be a bit small for your needs then you know your next car needs to be larger – it gives you a benchmark.


This effectively ties in with cabin space, but it is important to think about the number of passengers that will be travelling with you on a regular basis. It is easy to get carried away looking at fast cars but at the end of the day you will struggle to take the family anywhere (in comfort) in a Maserati or a Lotus.

Engine And Performance

This may not seem quite as obvious but when thinking about the type of driving and the mileage that you will cover it’s vital to consider the sort of engine or performance you require from a vehicle. For example, if you are regularly taking long trips up the motorway due to your work commitments, then a city car or even a small family car is not going to cut it. You should be thinking about something with a bigger engine which will have no trouble cruising the motorway for hours on end.


That brings us to specifications and trim levels. What equipment do you need in your car? If you are someone who drives regularly on the motorway then you should be looking for comfort – perhaps heated seats and most definitely cruise control to make journeys more relaxing. Different manufacturers have different trim level names. A Nissan LEAF for example starts at entry level Visia with the range topping Tekna the most expensive.