Purchasing a new car can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming to sort through the numerous choices involved in the process. In addition to the make and model, choices must also be made in regards to the color, trim levels and any extra accessories. Of course, you will compare gas mileage and options like AWD, but there are many other little details to consider — things a car salesman may not mention. Here are the Top 5 things to consider when buying a new car.
5.) Does Your New Car Have a Built-in GPS Unit?
Many new cars — especially those with the luxury trim levels — come equipped with built-in dash screens. These multi-purpose screens can do everything from play XM radio, answer your phone calls and display your maps and GPS. Touch screen wipes will keep your dash screen clean and fingerprint-free.
However, if your car doesn’t come with a built-in screen or navigational device, consider a holster for your phone. Phone holsters that attach via a vent clip will allow you to view your maps without the worry of the suction cup losing power halfway through your drive. Not only will a holster make viewing the maps much safer (no more looking down in your lap!), but you also won’t have to search for your phone if it rings.
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4.) Dirt Patrol
Whether you plan on taking your new car to the beach or taking Fido to the dog park, chances are you will need to vacuum your car at some point. Ask yourself if your new car is easy to clean. Does it come with a factory-installed mini vacuum? If not, purchase a wet/dry auto vacuum to keep your car spotless. The benefit of the auto vacuum is that it comes with a charger that fits right into your car; no more hauling your handheld vac from your house to your vehicle.
If you are truly keen on pro level cleanliness, opt for a detailing vacuum as those can both vacuum and blow dust and debris from the smallest of crevices.
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3.) Cargo Space
Cargo space should be a top priority when selecting a new car; after all, the cargo space makes or breaks your ability to go on long trips comfortably. If your car has the ability to add a roof rack, consider this option seriously. A roof rack can give you the power to take skis, kayaks, or even bikes to any destination of your choice.
If your new car already has a roof rack installed, you can create more cargo space with a Thule cargo box. As one of the top in this industry, the Atlantis series cargo box opens from both sides, making any packing a piece of cake. When the roundtrip is over, store the Thule from the garage ceiling easily.
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2.) Organizational Space
Have you ever ventured out on a road trip and realized your car barely had enough cup holders for every passenger to get a latte on the way? When purchasing a new car, consider how much organizational space and cup holders your new car will have.
In addition to making sure your new car has space for all the mochas, smoothies and water you want, check out all the compartments. If you find that you need more space for your tissues and water bottles, grab a few seat organizers.
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1.) Do Your Car Seats Fit?
Upgrading to a new car is an investment for the whole family; after all, a family car transports everyone from school to practice to rehearsal to vacation. However, before you even bring home your new family vehicle, make sure your car seat(s) will fit. Because many state laws require children to ride in boosters, kids are in car seats / boosters much longer than even a few years ago.
Not all cars can comfortably fit a combo of car seats and boosters in the backseat. Car seats that adjust from infant all the way to booster are often on the larger side, so it’s not a bad idea to bring your car seats with you to test them in a vehicle you are considering purchasing.
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Now that you know what to consider when buying a new car, take a look at our Top 5 Tips On Getting The Best Gas Mileage Out Of Your Car.