Finding the perfect car requires time, effort and restraint, because the right car for you is unlikely to be the one that first catches your eye. Regardless of whether you need a vehicle for camping, towing, off-roading or gentle Sunday driving, establish a clear set of priorities and keep the following elements in mind.

Budget

Before you even start looking for a car establish a budget that you can afford and be sure to consider the true cost of ownership, because factors like fuel efficiency, insurance, maintenance and repairs can make a huge difference to the overall cost. Whether you plan on paying for your vehicle in cash or in monthly installments, your budget will help prevent you from being tempted by options you can’t afford.

Size

Your ideal vehicle needs to be large enough to carry everything that you will want and need to have in there regularly, such as people, tools and sporting equipment. If you do a lot of city driving or parking is tight in your area, a smaller vehicle will make life easier, but if you are on the highway regularly something a little larger can provide greater protection in case of a high speed accident. Whatever you do, never buy a vehicle to serve an occasional purpose, because you will save money in the long run by prioritising your every-day needs and renting for those less frequent, more specific occasions.

Power

Find out the weight of anything you regularly haul and ensure that any vehicle you are considering has the power to handle it, because forcing a vehicle to carry more than it was designed to can be extremely dangerous. A powerful vehicle can also be useful if you or your loved ones do a lot of highway driving as it can make merging, overtaking and staying safe a whole lot easier.

Features

Whether you want heated seats, a sunroof or laser headlights, establishing a clear list of priorities will prevent you from being tempted by features you don’t need and won’t use. If you don’t need anything in particular, look for features that will make your life safer, easier or more comfortable, such voice activated controls, quality upholstery or a remote car door opener.

Future needs

Before deciding on a vehicle, consider any major lifestyle changes you may have coming up. Will you be taking up a new sport? Could there be more kids on the way? Or do you have teenagers who will soon be looking to borrow your vehicle? Unless you are planning on buying another vehicle in the near future, the ideal vehicle for you should be designed to deal with whatever the future may hold.

The best way to find your perfect car is to take your time, do your research and establish clear priorities for what you want and need it to do. If you are looking for a quality vehicle that you will look forward to driving each and every day, we can help. Give us a call, visit us online or drop by and test drive one of our many great options today.