If you’re currently considering the purchase of a new car then you may or may not know that there are a great number of factors you should be deliberating over before you come to a final decision.
These days it is not as simple as taking a trip down to your local garage and having a quick browse before handing over the cash for a model you like the look of. You need to be fully aware of all the facts and put some time into your research to ensure that you end up with the right model for you. This applies to both new and used car buyers, whether you’re in the market for a Volkswagen Beetle or a Monster truck.
To help you in your search, here are some of the most important factors to consider.
Some manufacturers produce vehicles which are a lot more reliable than others. For example if you are after a small family car and you choose something like a Renault Clio because it represents good value for money, you might want to read up on how reliable it is. A company like Audi has an excellent reputation for reliability so choosing an A1 could save you money in MOT and servicing further down the line even if the initial outlay is greater.
How important is performance to you? Do you want a car which just gets you from A to B, or do you want one which gets you there in style. You might find that a Kia Picanto will be very cheap to purchase, but is incredibly sluggish in its acceleration. On the other hand you could pay a little more for something like a Ford Fiesta with a larger engine which will be nippy around town and fun to drive.
Fuel prices are currently at an all-time high in the UK, and show no signs of falling, so it is important to find a vehicle which gives you your money’s worth out of a full tank. You might want to consider smaller cars and think about opting for a diesel engine.
We all have a responsibility to protect and look after the environment in which we live. Sports cars and 4x4s generally have very large engines which emit a lot of CO2 per kilometre, so think about this before you buy one. Moreover, your road tax payments are determined through this and will be lower if you choose a greener car.
This might seem obvious, but consider the price of a vehicle before you buy it and whether it is good value. Another thing to remember is that if you opt for a car which is more expensive to buy initially, then your other costs will undoubtedly be more too – insurance, replacement car spares etc.
March 18th, 2013 by admin
Is your regular commute taking all the fun out of your driving experience? Well maybe it’s time for a road trip, and we have just the places for it!
5. Red Rock Scenic Road
The Red Rock Scenic Road is in the good old US of A, and it weaves through Sedona’s Red Rock Country and as you have probably guessed, there are a lot of Red Rocks on the route and they look absolutely awesome. You will feel like you have gone back in time to an old western. We’d love to do this one on a bike, maybe a nice Harley.
4. North Yungas “Road of Death”
The North Yungas Road is found in Bolivia and was built to connect La Paz and Coroico. It was eventually nicknamed to Road of Death, a name which was confirmed in 1995 after it was named the world’s most dangerous road. At one point it was estimated that this road claimed 200-300 lives every year! So it is no joke. It featured in the Top Gear Bolivia special, which saw Hammond navigate it in a second-hand Toyota Land Cruiser, James May in a Suzuki Samurai and Jeremy Clarkson in a red Range Rover.
3. Guoliang Tunnel Road
The Guoliang Tunnel Road is found in a mountainous region of China in the Hunan province. It is absolutely fantastic to look at, and it is literally carved into the mountain. This is another dangerous road, and has quite a reputation for being unforgiving, so make sure your car has passed its MoT test with flying colours because you do not want your brakes failing on you on this road!
2. Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road
This spectacular road is located in the United Arab Emirates and stretches for 7.3 miles featuring 60 turns as it scales a mountain which reaches heights of 1,219m. Unlike the last two, this road is pure fun and you won’t have to worry about falling off the side of a cliff. The road eventually comes to an end at an impressive Hotel and a Magnificent Palace. I have had the pleasure of driving on this road before, though I have to admit, I needed to replace the handbrake after some not so sensible turns I found myself doing.
1. Milford Road
This road meanders through the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island, hardly surprising that the place which was used for the backdrop of the Lord of the Rings trilogy would offer such incredible scenery. The Milford Road is part of the State Highway 94 and it takes you from Te Anau through Fiordland National Park before you finally arrive in Milford Sound, a place which is favoured by many tourists.
February 18th, 2013 by admin
Welcome to FACE22!
The purpose of this site is to share automotive news and opinions with the world, whilst paying close attention to the impact they have on the environment too.
We like fast cars, but we do not like pollution! Renault Twizy brain, Lamborghini by heart.
Electric is the future.
Thanks for visiting, enjoy!
January 18th, 2013 by admin