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Brooke Christie - August 19, 2016 1:49 pm

Looking for a school car? What to consider!

Hi, I’m Lydia Housh with Becker Autos & Trailers of Beloit!  In this blog as helpful things to think about when looking for a school or commuter car. If you have any more questions or want to see what we can offer you at Becker Autos & Trailers, please feel free to call/text me at 785-534-1227 or shoot me an email at beckerautos@nckcn.com.

What kind of car do I need?

Consider the distance and where you will be driving it?

In town: If most of your travel is being done in town or in the city a smaller car may fit your needs perfectly.  Good stop go, easy to park and good in town fuel mileage.

On the highway: If doing a lot of highway driving you want to consider fuel mileage, but may also want to consider other factors.  Comfort – how long are you going to be in this vehicle each day?  Safety – How will this vehicle handle a high speed crash? Maybe you want to look at a heavier vehicle, maybe a mid-size instead of compact.

Through the country: If need a vehicle to handle the country roads often, maybe you need to look at an SUV or Pickup or maybe a heavier car would cut it depending upon your roads.

Consider who will be driving it and who will be riding in it?

For you dropping the kids at school?  – Do you need something to seat 6 or will a bigger car handle everyone?  What are you comfortable driving and parking?

A high school student? – It’s going to get a couple dings or dents, do you need a car like you would drive…. or are you open to one with cosmetic blemishes to save some money?

A college car to commute or park at the dorms? – Maybe you want a car that is comfortable for a distance drive, with good mpg but doesn’t have to be cosmetically perfect.

What type of vehicle meets my needs?

4 or 6cyl – 4 Cylinder motors are becoming more and more popular.  Depending upon the actual motor itself and what car it is in, some 4 cylinder motors are as zippy and as good as some of the 6 cylinder option.  Make sure if you go with a 4 Cylinder it has the acceleration power you need for your driving conditions.  Some 6 Cylinder motors can still get up to 30mpg in a mid-size car and may be more hearty than their 4 Cylinder option. Do your research and drive the car in conditions like you would on a test drive.

Size of Car – who all does it need to fit.  Where do you have to park it? How long of trips will you be in it?

Front wheel drive – this type of vehicle will get around relatively well in most conditions.  Most cars are now front wheel drive and several SUVS are front wheel drive.  They do okay in rain, snow and ice. A weakness would be in deep mud or snow depending upon clearance of vehicle.

All wheel drive – In the newer vehicles, you will see All wheel drive in several SUV’s and even some cars.  This option will kick in to all wheel drive only when needed.  It has sensors to feel a slip and lock in the wheels.  This is nice for someone who doesn’t want to have to worry about switching to 4×4 or drives longer distances in not the best conditions.  A draw back to AWD is there are more components to play in and may cost a bit more to maintain and upfront to buy, it may also slightly drop your fuel mileage.  Most AWD vehicles are front wheel drive when they aren’t in all.

Rear wheel drive – Several older cars, new luxury and sports cars and most 2×4 pickups will be rear wheel drive.  Some consider these in sports cars to be higher performance, good in trucks for towing as the weight is on the back end… or whipping kittiesJ The downfall to this is you may have a bit more difficulty on ice and bad weather conditions.

4×4 – most 4×4’s will have a knob or lever to switch into 4×4.  When they are not in 4×4 like in a pickup or larger SUV most are RWD.  In muddy, heavy snow or rainy conditions you can switch your vehicle into 4×4. It is more to maintain if you don’t need it and can cost more to have upfront.

Needs/Wants

Make a list of what needs you have to have met and what wants you would prefer to have in a car

If you aren’t sure what you want, need or where to start…. Ask the Salesman

On a budget or want the best deal? – Ask the salesman

Vehicle shopping should be fun!  I love helping people find what they want and need at a price they can afford!  They make so many different vehicle options for a reason.  I hope these tips might help in finding the right vehicle for you.

Any other specific questions or anything else I can help with, feel free to give me a call or text me at 785-534-1227!  Also you can email me at beckerautos@nckcn.com.

Don’t forget here at Becker Autos & Trailers we have over 60 vehicles, 35 campers and 100 trailers on the lot and we’re here to help find the ones for you!  You can check out our website at beckerautos.com! And… did I mention… huge back to school sale on NOW!

(Direct Inventory link: http://www.beckerautos.com/newandusedcars.aspx?clearall=1 )

 

Thanks for reading!

Lydia Housh

“Always makin’ deals on things with wheels”

Becker Autos & Trailers in Beloit

City of Salina