It has become the necessity to have a good car for middle class families in India. Once upon a time owning a car was luxury and status symbol. Now-a –days it has become necessity because people have enough income to afford car. Travelling by car becomes necessary when it is too hot, too cold or rainy season. Travelling by motorcycle becomes uncomfortable during all the three extreme weather condition. Safety is also compromised. If you do not own a latest and good conditioned car people will look at you with many thoughts and will keep distance.
PurposeOne should be very clear for what purpose he is buying car. For example, going office and back, long travelling, city purpose or just showing the neighbours and keeping in garage. Accordingly make your purchase.
BudgetDecide your budget for your dream car. See all the car in that price range, compare the features and characteristics. See who is offering best features in less price. Our purchase should be Value for money.
Characteristics of a dream/desirable car.
lookDecide what looks you attractive i.e. SUV or sedan. The appearance must be super and the color must be unique and of your choice. Wheel base should be more. Height should be less (below 1500 mm). excess length should be avoided as it will make turning and backing difficult.
Latest modelOne should go for latest model. Old models seem to be outdated after sometime. Automobile companies are stopping making some models once its sale numbers do not match with company target. Recent example of stopping production of swift desire, Hyundai i-10, Sandro. Once the model is out its resale price drops and the spares also will not be available easily. You must buy best in class and high demand
InteriorThe quality of Interior material should be high. Music player/ DVD player, rear parking camera, good AC capacity, automatic climate control, cruise control,
Power windows, child lock, good leg space, good seat to support back and head. Mobile charging socket, rear wiper, all these features are desirable.
Enginemust choose between petrol and diesel. If you drive daily and long distances go for diesel otherwise go for petrol. Petrol engine not have starting problem and even you take car from the garage after one month it will start and run well. For daily city use up to 1200-1500 cc car is wise choice.
MileageIf car is below 1500 cc it will give good mileage. Diesel engines gives more mileage. Choose a good mileage car.
Boot spaceboot space (Diggy) should be enough to house two suitcases and 2 bag. 400 to 500 lt. boot space is good.
Low cost servicing and Availability of spares There should be servicing network across the country. Car service should be cheap compare to other players. Spares should be available at cheap rate. Thus maintenance cost will come down and the burden on pocket will be less.
Resale priceOne should go for high demand and high selling models. These models will get you high resale price if the situation demand.
safety featureToday cars are available with good safety features in the market. We should choose such car which has the minimum following safety features.
Air bags: If your family is small and driving frequently alone, choose two air bags otherwise 6 air bags car. Air bags protects against sudden jerk and face hit with hard objects inside car.
ABS: ABS is anti-lock braking system. There are 4 components of ABS namely sensor, valves, electronic control unit and hydraulic control unit. Anti-lock braking system prevents the car wheels from jamming and locking up, thus avoiding uncontrolled skidding of the car. While braking, if a wheel-locking situation is detected, the ECU alerts the HCU. Hydraulic control Unit (HCU)releases the brake pressure, allowing the wheel velocity to increase and the wheel slip to decrease. When car is in high speed and the sudden brake is applied, sometimes wheels get locked, skidding occurs which leads to an accident.
Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Electronic brake distribution is a sub system of ABS. While the vehicle in motion, different load will be on each tyre. Distributing brake force according to load is done by EBS. It prevents wheels from locking up and skidding.
ANCAP (Crash test Rating) : Dream car should be Crash test qualified. Australian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) provides one to five-star rating. Buyer should go for five-star rating. How safe is your car? Can be found from ANCAP Rating.
Rear parking camera: Rear parking camera is very helpful while reversing the vehicle. All the drivers are not so perfect. If any object is behind your car which is not visible while reversing, you will have better idea and touching, scratching, hit back can be avoided.
Evaluation and conclusion
Buying new car is necessity and prestigious both now-a-days. We once or twice purchase car in life so understanding all the features and characteristics is important. This article provides complete details and discussions to guide a car buyer. We must take the advantage of it. Your/my dream car should have all the safety features.