Upgrading your car? Consider your needs, not wants.

Looking to upgrade your car? Reliability and value speak volumes in todays market.
Gone are the days of trading post value deals with the market being saturated by infinite makes and models that sound more like an island in the Sahara Dessert then a sturdy vehicle. Unfortunately (or fortunately), these days your mate is more likely to know how to make the perfect smashed avo on toast than whether the Mazda 3 Maxx Sport is any good, so what better time to make a checklist of the most valuable things to look out for when buying your next vehicle.

Consider what you need, not what your want.

What are your motoring needs? Do you want a quick zip around car, or are you in it for the long hall? Are you a fan of the adventure driving or are you 3:30pm carpool kind of a gal?
Determining your needs can help you achieve your goals (without spending the extra cash), for example, a small car is designed for use around town and small trips (and perform those functions really well), whereas longer drives in the rough terrane may not serve you as well.

Research is your best friend.

Whether you are buying a new or used car, doing some research into makes and models will make a world of difference when it comes to crunch time. This will also ensure there are no nasty surprises along the way, as no one likes to cough up extra cash around service time.

Used and abused?

If buying a second hand car, service history book is your bible. Who knows how the previous owner treated the vehicle, a service book can help you determine whether the car is a reliable investment.

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