October 27, 2016 at 4:03 PM
According to a recent survey by the Co-Operative, only 4 percent of car buyers placed any value on the safety of a new car. Below we list the top ten car buying considerations in order of popularity.
This comes top of the list for obvious reasons. As we live in frugal economic times, we are forever watching our outgoings. The less that we have to spend on a reliable car, then the better.
Value for money
Once we have a budget and know the most that we have available, then we need to get the absolute best at that price. When dealerships throw in car accessories and added warranties, then this all helps to encourage us buy.
Every driver will have their own preferred brand of car. This may be influenced by the latest models, cars that they have owned in the past, or from reading up to date motoring news stories.
The number of miles that has been driven is a big contributing factor when it comes to buying a car. Obviously, the fewer miles, then the less wear and tear on the car. But this of course comes with a higher price tag.
Although we think of colour being a pretty superficial consideration, many drivers place a lot of emphasis on the colour of their car. Popular colour choices are those of darker colours while yellows and greens remain the least popular.
How a car looks is incredibly important. Potential owners will look for any dents, scrapes or scratches and can ask for the price to be lowered if any are visible. Such imperfections may also put off any potential buyers.
Many people put a lot of emphasis upon how fast a car can go, with many believing that the faster the better. But this ultimately depends upon how you wish to use your car. If it is to be driven along country roads, then speed is not a main priority.
At present petrol and diesel prices are at an all time high, and it is believed that they will only become higher. Therefore, the more fuel efficient a car is, the more money you will save on your fuel bills.
Size of car is such an important factor to consider. Do you need a large family car that you can all sit in comfortably? Or do you just need a car to get you to and from work? People will only unusually buy a car that reflects there daily driving needs.
As already mentioned, safety was the least prioritised consideration when buying a car. But we believe it should be top of the list. Safer cars are involved in less accidents and will give better protection to all passengers, if involved in a collision.
This is what the latest research has found, but it is important to make a note of what is most important to you. We recommend that safety is your top priority.