Monthly Archives: March 2016

How to find good Suv for your family

As everyone knows, the sales of the cars in the world reaches its peak in the last few years. From all other continents, the most explosive sales growth is in Asia. The best-selling vehicle types in Asia are SUV. According to some reports, in the last 5 years, sales grew by 14%. This figure was more than enough for all car manufacturers to start to improve existing SUV models. Many companies have opened production plants in China and India. The production plants in this two countries greatly exceeds the production in all other countries.

How to choose good vehicle for your needs?

When we talk about SUVs, we can tell them apart on several grounds. The first and most important is the number of seats. There are models with only 5 seats, and those with 8 seats. People who have large family are the biggest buyers of these models. According to the size, SUVs are divided into small, medium and full-size. Depending on the number of seats we share the SUV with two rows of seats and the one with three rows of seats.

Half a year ago I was in a big dilemma. Since due to business travel long distances, I needed a car that is durable, but no big spending. On the other hand I have a large family (4 children), so I needed a model that can carry at least 6 passengers. To help all those who find themselves in a similar dilemma, I’ll describe 3 most popular SUV models that meet these requirements.

 Comparison of 3 SUV’s

The first model that I took into consideration was 2017 Sequoia Limited. This trim level have taken into consideration because it had the best ratio of price and equipment offered from all other Sequoia. This model has all the features that were essential to me. First of all there is a great engine and great towing capacity. Due to the provided comfort during the driving this SUV is ideal for going on vacation. Because of its 8 seats, it is ideal for families with many small children. The only potential sticking point is fuel consumption. It should be taken into account that the current fuel is extremely cheap so that will be the case probably in the next 2-3 years. So, for a short and medium term, this model is closest to my wishes. For 3 years I will probably opt for a hybrid model, but there is still plenty of time until then.

 

Another model that has interested me was Chevrolet Impala. The first criterion was met, because this model has 8 seats arranged in three rows. The interior of this model was done with a lot of aesthetic and practical details. When I test drove this model I was pleasantly surprised few times by the fact that the designers have thought on all the little things. Fuel economy is not very good. The reason for this is the V8 engine with 360 hp. This vehicle should choose anyone who wants to go on further travels. The equipment is impressive and includes realy great touch-screen, Bluetooth connectivity, front and rear camera. We should also commend the excellent audio stereo system.

 

The third model is Honda Civic. From all mentioned models, this model has the best fuel economy. The MPG is actually just over 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. In the case that fuel consumption was the main criterion, I would still chose this model. Civic has a weaker engine of the Impala, and lower towing capacity, which amounts to 5,000 lbs (Impala has the entire 8,000 lbs). Honda Civic has excellent specification accessories which includes: Lane Departure, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, front and rear camera and excellent dual-zone air condition.

 

As a conclusion, I can state that I have chosen model. In short, for all the listed qualities I chose Toyota Sequoia Limited for my next car.

Purchase of a used vehicle

Purchase of a used car is always a challenging task. Whether you need it for work or for personal use, you should pay attention on many things. For this reason, I decided to do a little reminder to help all those friends who read this.

STEP 1 – MONEY

Sit down and decide exactly how much you can afford, taking into consideration the cost of the whole package. Allow for insurance premiums, road tax, MOT, petrol, repairs and servicing. And while you may be able to snap up a classic, prestige or sports car at a great price, in the long run you’ll probably end up paying out more on insurance, fuel, maintenance and repairs.

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Investigate your options thoroughly, look at the different grouping bands so that you keep your insurance premium low, check out the cost of a typical repair and compare prices from different organisations.

STEP 2 – YOU GET WHAT YOU SEE

Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people out there, so when going to view a car, ensure:

  • You have someone with you to give a second opinion – two pairs of eyes are better than one
  • Go during broad daylight – darkness and wetness and can hide a mutilude of sins
  • Always meet the seller at their house so you can check they are genuine
  • That all documentation tallies up:
  • That a private seller’s name and address match those in a Registration Document or log book.
  • All the documentation you would expect to find is available such as the Registration Document or log book (V5)
  • Receipts for repairs, servicing and insurance records are available
  • The vehicle has an MoT certificate (on vehicles over 3 years old)
  • Check VIN numbers, registrations, dates, names and addresses and any other details you can cross check
  • That the vehicle has a valid tax disk
  • There is no outstanding loan on the car, which would make you liable for loan repayments

STEP 3 – TAKE IT FOR A SPIN

Always test drive a car – not just to listen out for strange noises, but to make sure they are no ‘blind spots’ and that the car feel comfortable.
Check the steering, the braking and whether the car ‘pulls’ to one side. How does the engine sound?

TOP TIP: Make sure you are insured to drive the car, either under your own, or the seller’s, policy.

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STEP 4 – AN INDEPENDENT VIEWPOINT

If you are confident that the vehicle is in order, it is always good practice to arrange an independent survey by one of the motoring organisations (click here to find out who offers what), and if the seller won’t agree to this, then you have to ask yourself why.

These independent surveys will help find any faults, plus will be able to pin point if the car has been involved in a major accident, then ‘patched up’.

Once the survey has been carried out, you can then decide whether the vehicle is a good buy; whether you need to renegotiate a price..or whether you simply don’t touch it with a barge pole!