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How to Choose the Right Car for Yourself or Your Family

There are literally hundreds of different choices of vehicles on the road today. Colors, options, brands, and price all influence our buying decision, but how do you know you’re making the right choice? Let’s take a look at the most important deciding factors.

Price – No surprise here, but price is the most important factor in the car buying decision. How much can you afford per month? Luxury brands like Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti and BMW carry much higher sticker prices than their non-luxury counterparts, although they often have very similar features.

Cost of Ownership – How much is this vehicle actually going to cost you to own? This is where things like fuel cost, insurance costs, repair costs, and maintenance all enter the equation. Once again, luxury brands are going to be more expensive in every aspect. A headlight replacement on a Ford Fusion is about $240. The same repair on a BMW 335i? $880.

Practicality – If you have a family of six, there is no way that a two-door convertible is the right choice for you. If you live paycheck to paycheck, a luxury vehicle is not a good fit, and neither is an older, higher mileage vehicle. If that car breaks down, repair costs will be through the roof.

Choice – It’s your vehicle, and you have to pay for it. It should be something you want to pay for. There are many times that the vehicle we want and the vehicle we need are two totally different things – when that happens, we need to take a step back and look at what’s really important. Do I want to impress people, or do I want to have a reliable, dependable vehicle and more money in my pocket?

At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself why you are buying a vehicle. Is it for leisure? Is it to transport your family? Is it for a job? There are a lot of factors that can combine to give you the perfect vehicle. Members AutoChoice employs a staff of highly trained professionals, and we are focused on making sure you choose the right vehicle at the right price. Contact one of us today, and see how we can help put you and your family into the right vehicle at the right price.

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