What you Need to Know When Buying a Car

by : Evander Klum



A car is an investment. Whatever your reason is for buying one, it is important that you get the car that suits you. Some would buy just for the sake of having one. Then suddenly you will realize you actually did not have the right one for you.

It is prudent to compare vehicles when planning what to buy. By doing this, you will know which is good, better, best, bad, worse or worst.

There are certain things to consider when comparing vehicles. One is the cargo volume or the so called luggage capacity. It is referred to as the volume in the trunk/area behind the seats. So when talking about maximum cargo volume, this refers to the volume when the rear seats are bent over, and when the storage bins are full in capacity. The cargo volume is moderately important to buyers since some would probably be filling their vehicles with pieces of luggage, bags of grocery items and other cargo every now and then.

As a car buyer, you need to know about power-to-weight ratio. From the term itself, it suggests some mathematical equations, but not really as difficult as those during your school years. The ration is derived from a vehicle's horsepower as related to its weight. Power-to-weight ratio is congenial when there is greater horsepower and lower weight. While looking for the right vehicle, keep in mind that the horsepower figure is just a part of the performance equation. If you are concerned with the performance of your car when accelerating, better consider the car's power-to-weight ratio.

You definitely would want safety in you car, right? Electronic stability control or traction control spells it all. This system is composed of radars and detectors that inform the driver when a future crash can happen; the brake system is not functioning well; when the wheels are not properly align; and so on.

Nowadays, there are several vehicles in the market that have this electronic stability control/traction control. This is to ensure further comfort, excellent driving and safety while on the road.

The resale value should also be considered in comparing cars. This is referred to as your vehicle's future value. This can be affected by several things such as the amount of mileage you have put on it or the number of times it experienced accidents.

The resale value is one of the factors because it is important that you pay the right amount for your car. If it had been in several accidents, it implies less cost. If it had never been in an accident, it might definitely cost high because its value is not yet much deteriorated.

For practical buyers, this is the most important thing to consider.

Another thing to keep in mind when comparing is the car's turbocharger. It is a supercharger unit that is powered by an exhaust-fed turbine under acceleration. The turbine commands a pump to give more air into the cylinders when called upon. In effect, a better pick up is experienced. Turbo, which are manufactured during the "not so high technology era", were infamous for fall between the time the accelerator was pressed and the time the boost was felt. Furthermore, the boost would spike suddenly without a straight response. On the other hand, turbo that are manufactured in the "very high technology era" generally perform better in both aspects.

A car expert knows that greater air supply through the engine is a must. In this matter, a supercharger gives a big help. Commonly called as "blower", a supercharger is a compressor that pushes more air into the car's engine than it would ordinarily capture. Generally speaking, this term technically applies to all types of compressors even turbochargers. However, it is also commonly referred to the mechanically driven units. And since they are always functioning, the turbo do not experience lags and peaks. And this is good news, right? So better compare analytically the vehicles' supercharger.

Another thing to consider is the curb weight. It is the most appropriate way of measuring a vehicle's weight. This is referred to as a car's drag with all its standard equipment and fluids onboard such as gas, oil, coolant, etc., which cumulatively account for more pounds than what you usually know.

Finally, but certainly not the least priority in comparing cars, the vehicle identification number (VIN). It is a code of letters and numbers reveals the manufacturer and where it was made and when. It further goes along with other miscellaneous details. This is more important in used vehicles in order to investigate its reported history.

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