When buying a used car, you want to be sure that the model you pick is right for your needs and completely dependable. There are several things you can consider when it comes to choosing the ideal model.
Age and reliability
The last thing you need is for your car to be going wrong all the time. It’s therefore a good idea to choose a vehicle that isn’t too old, around three to four years is ideal, and research what other drivers have to say about it. Websites like Parkers and What Car? feature reviews from ordinary drivers that can help you to find out how reliable each model is.
As you get older, you won’t want to find yourself struggling to get in and out of your vehicle. Many elderly drivers prefer cars with a higher seating position, such as MPVs, as they’re much easier to get in and out of than cars with lower seats. Wide-opening or sliding doors also give you and your passengers plenty of space to access the seat and get comfy.
This applies to most drivers, but for older motorists it’s particularly important to choose a car with supple suspension that will soak up bumps in the road. Sportier models tend to have stiffened suspension that accentuates every lump and bump in the tarmac, and this can be quite hard on your body. Take the car for a test drive to determine how well it copes with uneven surfaces and whether it is comfortable for longer distances.
You’ll also want comfy seats that offer plenty of support. Again, test driving the vehicle will give you an indication of how well the seating meets your needs.
You may also want to think about the storage space that your used car offers. Some cars are tricky to get luggage or shopping in and out of due to a higher lip on the boot, or may not have enough boot room for the things you need. If you’re taking grandchildren out frequently, you’ll need to consider how much space they’ll need in the back of the car too.
Keeping yourself and your passengers safe on the road is always important, so consider the safety features of the car you’re looking at. Find its Euro NCAP rating and look at what it offers in terms of both accident protection and prevention. Things like stability control, emergency brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution are all designed to help you avoid a collision, and many models have such features nowadays.