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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

3 Tips on Finding a Car that Best Suits Your Needs

Buying a car can be an extremely fun experience. Sure, there are occasions when complications may arise, like higher prices than you were bargaining on, but generally getting a new car is a something to be happy about. Before you start looking, however, there are certain factors to consider. Here are some pointers on choosing the right car so that when you visit our Rt. 22 Toyota, you'll be prepared and make the right decisions.

1. Ask yourself what size car you will need

Will this car be for you and your significant other? Or do you have a large family that you have to chauffeur around? Do you participate in a lot of sports that require equipment? Take a look at your lifestyle now, and analyze your plans for the future. If you do a lot of off-roading and camping, then maybe an SUV would be your best option; if you have kids or are planning to, a minivan might give everyone the space that they need; if you and your significant other live in a city, a compact might be easiest.

2. Do you need an all-wheel drive?

All-wheel drive is a great safety feature in wintry climes or for those who drive over a lot of rough terrain. However, the only difference the average driver will notice between all-wheel and front-wheel drive is some additional traction when accelerating. Don't forget that all-wheel drive will not increase a vehicle's ability to stop or turn, so if you are living in the suburbs, don't venture into the wilderness much, and rarely see any snow, you might not need it.

3. Does gas mileage matter to you?

If you are trying to make a cost-effective decision in the long term, gas mileage probably matters to you. And while your needs in terms of space may dictate a lot about your vehicle, there are plenty of options with good gas mileage for everyone. For instance, the sporting types could opt for the RAV4 crossover SUV, which offers a lot of storage space plus an impressive 24/31 mpg for the 2014 model. Families looking for a nice sedan could opt for the Camry or Corolla, which offer models with 25/35 and 27/36 mpg respectively. The Camry even comes in a hybrid that can decrease your gas bills significantly, with its 40/38 mpg.

Choosing a car can be a great thing if you do some research and figure out what you want and need ahead of time. However, even if you think you've found the right car, make sure to take it for a test drive to ensure that it's a good fit! Schedule one at Autoland today by contacting us here



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