8 things to know before buying a new carBy Kijiji Autos
Buying a car is an important step in life and requires sound planning. Here are some questions to ask yourself before choosing a new set of wheels.
City or country
Before buying a vehicle, you should first consider the environment in which you live. It seems obvious, but this basic information will guide the type you choose. Just think about trying to squeeze a van into a narrow parking space, and you’ll know what we mean.
Family or couple
At the moment, you may not have reached the stage where you want to start a family. But your family situation could change while your vehicle stays the same. Travelling alone or as a couple in a small car is enjoyable. It can be a lot less fun with two extra passengers and all their gear.
Eco-friendly or not
As multiple technologies develop, you now need to consider the type of car you want and the type of driver you would like to be. Do you want to protect the environment by buying a green vehicle? If so, remember green technology can require extra facilities and a suitable lifestyle. Sometimes, it’s easier and more advantageous to opt for a gas-powered vehicle.
Weekend warrior or homebody
If you plan to set out for adventure every weekend and hit the trails whenever possible, you’ll need to choose your vehicle accordingly. Not all of them can accommodate your kayak on the roof, transport your bicycles or plow through snow with all-wheel drive.
Connected or old school
Do you have several smart devices and spend half your life on the Internet? Take the time to check the options in new vehicles. Bluetooth is great, but even better is being able to connect to your smartphone in a vehicle that’s compatible with Android Auto or Apple Car Play.
Off-road or smooth ride
We’re talking here about driving, not just lifestyle. If you like off-road driving, you’ll tend to choose a more aggressive car, often with manual transmission. If not, the softness of the suspension will dictate your choice.
Short or long term
If you’re the type to keep your vehicle for many years, you’ll need to be even more careful in choosing one. If, on the other hand, you make frequent changes, you can afford more trial and error, keeping in mind that you’ll lose money through depreciation when you trade in or sell your vehicle.
Monthly or total
The type of financing available to you and whether you choose to lease or buy will affect the price of your car. It’s important to understand how much you’ll end up spending on a vehicle before you begin the process of buying one. You should be aware that the offers posted are often by the month or week but don’t reflect the total amount you’ll pay. Your dealer will be happy to explain the final number. In addition, offers frequently include a deposit you’ll have to make. Be prepared!
Once you’ve found answers to these questions, read on. Take a look at our other articles offering tips as well as specialized information about vehicles of all types. You’ll be better equipped to start shopping on Kijiji Autos!
Easily find your next ride on Kijiji AutosSearch now
How to buy your next car online in Canada
As manufacturers and dealers recognize that the global pandemic is a long-term reality, the auto industry is rolling out more services to buy a car online in Canada. From the comfort of your own home, you can easily browse the latest models, apply for financing, make a purchase and get your brand...
10 popular SUVs and crossovers in Canada
There's no doubt that Canadians navigate a wide variety of weather and lifestyle conditions every day. This makes a fun, practical and comfortable SUV or crossover a solid vehicle choice, from coast to coast. Listed in no particular order, check out these 10 popular SUV and crossover models to...
The best features of 10 popular hatchbacks
If you are in the market for a hatchback, you'll want to check out this overview of these 10 models and the features that make them so popular. Kijiji Autos will help you confidently choose between the best hatchbacks, including used, sporty and hybrid models – whatever is a priority for you.
10 popular vans in Canada
Cargo vans and minivans can meet the needs of many drivers. There are plenty of models to choose from at various price points, which can make it difficult to pick the van that's right for you. Whether it's passenger capacity or cargo space you're after, Kijiji Autos is here to help with your search.
Top 10 popular pickup trucks in Canada
The pickup truck has always been a symbol of utility and strength, and lately, many models have become luxury family vehicles that leave nothing to be desired. In no particular order, these popular brands represent a range of available features, engine types and towing capacities. Check out the...
10 popular sedans in Canada
Sedans are versatile vehicles that meet a variety of driving needs. Are you looking for a sedan in your area? With so many different styles, sizes and price points to choose from, it can be difficult to pick a model from such a long list of award-winning vehicles. In no particular order, these...
What you should know about these 10 popular wagons
If you are looking to buy a wagon, explore Kijiji Autos list of these popular models, and the features that make them a great choice for your next car. This list is in no particular order and will help you easily choose between great wagons, whether you’re looking for luxury, affordable, small...
9 popular coupes in Canada
Sporty and sleek, the coupe is a popular two- or four-door car that puts the fun back into driving. Fuel-efficient and compact, this body style is designed for performance. Are you looking for a coupe for sale near you? In no particular order, here is a list of 9 popular coupes in Canada...
7 popular convertible cars in Canada
Convertibles are fun and adventurous cars that are perfect for cruising around when the weather is great. Are you looking to buy a convertible? From roadsters to off-roaders, convertibles (or cabriolets) are a great choice for those who love driving for its own sake. Can't decide which...
Things first-time car owners should know
A car can seem like a complicated machine, and most maintenance jobs are best left to a mechanic, but if you’re a first-time car owner about to buy that perfect first car on Kijiji Autos, here are some things you should know. Editor’s note: This article has been newly updated. However, there...