Car companies clamor for the public’s attention, promising rebates, 0% APR financing, specials deals, and free options. It is a bewildering, bamboozling and baffling experience. How is the average Canadian, with a mortgage, job and 2.4 kids, able to succinctly select the best used car? Read this guide.
Check Out the Body
Cars come in a confusing gamut of body styles, and none of them are equal. Some claim cargo space, while others promise passengers a comfortable, roomy ride. Some thrive on rock and grit; others flounder beyond the asphalt. A body style should be chosen based upon anticipated amount of passengers, cargo needs, terrain expectations, and desired spaciousness. There are a multitude options, the most popular including:
Coupe: 2-door car;
Sedan: 4-door car;
Hatchback: 5-door car;
Minivan: 3- or 4-door 5-7 passenger small van;
Convertible: 3- to 4- door 7-15 passenger full-size van;
SUV: sport utility vehicle;
Crossover: car chassis-based SUV;
Pick-up: 2-door flatbed truck;
Quad cab: 2-door, 4-passenger truck;
Extended cab: 4-door, short-bed truck;
And – believe it or not – many more. To add to the discombobulation, each of these styles may come in small (compact), medium (mid-size), or large (full-size) sizes. Panicking? Don’t. Find out each body style’s capabilities, and choose accordingly.
Pine for Panache and Pizzazz?
The body style is but a skeleton. It needs sinew, skin, and a persona. Add some zing with stylish design and jazz up the interior with chic and techno phobic features.
Base features may include air conditioning (single, dual-zone and tree-zone control), cruise control, adjustable driver/passenger seats, CD/MP3 players and a small stereo system.
Intermediate amenities may include remote/keyless start, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped brick-a-brac, heated and cooled seats, xenon headlamps, upgraded stereos with USB input, running boards, exterior decor, sunroof/moon roof and steering-wheel-mounted controls.
Advanced options may include upgraded transmissions, extensive exterior and interior alterations, heated and cooled cup holders, premium stereos, DVD entertainment systems, navigation systems, Bluetooth, park assist, blind-zone alert systems, GPS and heated mirrors.
New or used car? Depends. New: better warranty, less hassle, cleans out cash; pre-owned: cheaper (60-70% after three years), more hassle, bigger bank account.
Buying for the Brand
While everyone would like a “dark horse,” a cheap, incredible vehicle that no one knows about, most must rely on brand reputation. Place precedence on reliable, renowned brands with a steady track record of success. Ford targets consumer preference; BMW offers a sporty experience; Toyota is built on dependability; Kia is for the coupon-clippers; Audi offers luxury; Porsche strives for perfection.
A Deal You Can’t Refuse
Vehicles are available either through dealerships, private persons or online sellers. Dealerships may offer financing, warranties and options, while private parties typically sell “as-is” – for a lower price. Online sales experiences vary via seller.
Used car buying doesn’t require a Ph.D. – just patience and knowledge. You now have the latter; the former is up to you.
Our dealership has been Serving Calgary Alberta since 2013.
We specialize in used cars and always try to get the best deals for our customers.
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