New Year, New Car

It’s the new year, and it’s time to take your good resolutions if you haven’t already. Of course, you may want to travel more or to lose weight, or maybe to land a better job. But there are also essential everyday priorities that need to make it on the list too, such as a new car — especially if yours is starting to become old and unreliable. Why should a new car be part of your resolutions for the year? There are two reasons for it. Firstly, taking new year’s resolution is the equivalent of dress a to-do list of things you want to achieve during the year. Secondly, as cars are expensive items, it is necessary to adjust your lifestyle to be able to afford a change of vehicle.

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Pick the best solution for your situation

Cars don’t come for free. Consequently, you need to establish a clear budget for your vehicle. More importantly, you should be taking a close look at your finances. For instance, it can be difficult to apply for a car loan without a fast credit repair plan. Indeed, after Christmas, a lot of households struggle with credit card debts as a result of generous presents! Give yourself a couple of months to recover before looking for car financing options.

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Improve your driving style

Are you a good driver? You’d be surprised to know that terrible drivers are not aware of their situation. In fact, if you find that your friends don’t like when you drive them around, or that other drivers are constantly beeping around you, it might be a sign that your behavior is dangerous on the road. As a general rule of the thumb, you want to improve your driving skills, as ultimately good drivers have fewer accidents and fewer insurance fees. Finally, it’s not a matter of only ensuring your safety on the road, but of saving money too.

Know your car and look after it

Without the appropriate maintenance, your car can accumulate mechanical and functional troubles. While this might sound obvious, too many drivers don’t take enough interest in their vehicle to look after it properly. They drive on low-pressure tyres without noticing, don’t change the oil regularly, or silence engine noises with the radio. It’s your responsibility as a driver to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive. You don’t need to be a mechanics to know the basics of oil, fuel, tyres and brakes maintenance.

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Where to start?

Finally, if you’re looking for the best second-hand options for parents and especially single parents, you need to take price, functionality and safety into consideration. The Honda Fit is an excellent option as it’s fuel-efficient and has a lot of cargo space. The Ford Five Hundred is also a fantastic model with its huge trunk, which is ideal for children travel equipment, its comfort, and its highway fuel-efficiency. However, you need to know that the car has a 19-mpg in town consumption, making it less efficient for small drives.

In short, choosing your new car is the last step of a long preparatory journey that questions your finances, your driving style and your car knowledge. It’s not about choosing wisely, but knowing yourself well!

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