Choosing a used car can be a difficult decision. Often customers are baffled about where to begin! But there is a way you can quickly narrow down your used car choices by simply asking yourself a few basic questions! Choosing the right used car is essential, and researching the different options available, before you buy, really can help.
The first question you need to ask yourself when looking for a used car is what your priorities are. If you have a large family, interior space including a large boot may be essential and you may want to consider an estate, MPV or SUV for example. Or if running costs are important, and space isn’t, you may want to consider an economical and nippy city car!
Here we give you an insight into some of the most popular used cars on the market in terms of models and classes…
A City Car
These are the smallest cars on the road and are a great option if you are looking for a runaround. A perfect choice for new drivers, younger or older couples, or simply eco-minded motorists. City cars are designed to carry two people comfortably upfront with limited legroom in the back, and often have a small boot, however, parking these cars is an absolute doddle. City cars are also incredibly nippy as due to their size, can be powered by a small engine and they also have some of the lowest CO2 emissions on the road, along with low fuel costs.
And if you do happen to use motorways often, the more modern City Cars are very capable, and have levels of refinement and comfort that could rival some of the classes above!
Small Car or Supermini
A Small Car or Supermini includes models such as a Ford Fiesta (Britains best selling car!), Mini, Citroen C3 and Volkswagen Polo! Roomier than a city car, often stylish and still economical to run, this is a more practical option if you require slightly more room and boot space than you can get with a city car!
If you have a family and require more space, some of the models that fall under the family hatchback category are Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Depending on what you are looking for, this category offers more generous interior space and boot capacity and useful storage space. So whether you are looking for an eco-friendly model or a performance-focused alternative, the choice in this category is endless!
If you prefer the long, sleek profile of an estate, then it offers a range of benefits other than just ample space. It has a wealth of practical touches such as fold-flat seats, electric tailgates, boot dividers, and retractable tow bars. Models such as the Skoda Superb Estate or Peugeot 508 SW come under this category or if you fancy one with 4 x 4 capability, the Audi A4 Allroad is a great option!
SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Designed to combine the practicality of an off-roader with the style and composure of a large family hatchback, an SUV gives you the best of both worlds. The appeal seems to be the raised ride height giving you a clearer view of the road ahead. It also makes it much easier for families lifting children into the back. Many models can also seat up to 7 people making these a perfect choice for larger families.
And you don’t have to sacrifice power with an SUV as there are plenty of sports models, as well as four-wheel drive options.
Examples of popular SUVs are Nissan Qashqai, Vauxhall Mokka, Nissan Juke, Audi Q3 and BMW X5.
MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle)
With enough seating for up to 7 people, an MPV is a great choice if you have a family of 6+. They also include ample legroom, lots of clever storage, as well as sliding seats and benches that allow you to adapt your space to suit your needs.
Size does vary with MPVs as does the choice of engines. Popular models include the Ford S-Max, Renault Scenic, Seat Alhambra and Peugeot 3008.
Think of Coupe, think of Porche 911, Audi TT and BMW 4 Gran Coupe! If its thrills you’re seeking, then a Coupe may just be the one for you!
Practicality doesn’t come into it when buying a Coupe! It’s the drive that matters! A Coupe should be fast, responsive, agile and fun! And thanks to its muscular frame, low centre of gravity and powerful engine, it will be just that….bags of fun to drive!
At AvailableCar, we have over 5,000 quality used cars from more than 30 different brands to choose from! From small and city cars to 4 x 4′s and SUVs, we are sure to have the perfect car for everyone!
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