As a resident ‘car guy’, I get this question a lot. It’s a difficult question for me to answer for someone else. Your tastes are different than mine. It varies greatly depending on many factors. I have noticed a lot of people do buy cars based solely on asthetics. I don’t think this is this right approach as it can lead to a poor driving experience. Here are a few things to think about when you’re car hunting:
1. Set your budget.
The budget is the most important thing to set. It puts a cap on how much you want to spend and keeps it (hopefully) in that range. Don’t set it to something you can’t afford for obvious reasons. Make sure you factor in any additional costs to the price of the car such as interest rates if you’re getting a loan and taxes. If you’re looking at something used, you’ll also need to factor in inspection and post purchase maintenance costs.
2. Figure out what you will use it for.
Whether you’re buying a daily driver or a weekend fun car, you’ll need to set a requirement of what you really want out of it. Maybe all you’ll need is something that gets you to work or school? Or you need to be able to haul friends and family around. Every car can have a different use, or be very multi use.
3. How long are you going to keep it?
This can be important. Maybe you’re an expat and just need a car for a few years. You’re probably not going to need to get vintage MGB or a Ferrari 308. If you’re looking for something that lasts for years, do the research and find the brands that have great reliability ratings and focus on those.
4. Go test drive a variety of options.
Once you’ve narrowed down to a few options, go out and test drive them, as well as comparable ones. It’s good to get a feel for each as you may find that your first choice might not be the best choice.
In summary, it’s a very personal preference, high dollar item to buy. You’ll want to make it an investment to purchase the right car for your needs. Good luck!