Determine the Type of Car You Want to Buy

The development of cars is a continuous process, evidenced by the first vehicle invented all the way to the cars of our modern times, each model improving after the other. There are many to choose from and really it comes down to what you need your car to do for you and how it will hold up under use.


  1. Understand the types of cars available. There is a wide variety and the following list will help you to understand the basics of each car type:
    • Sedans. They belong to the family of cars of large models. They are perfect for a big family to contain all members. They usually have powerful engines, aside from having spacious interiors. Sedans have enclosed trunk that offers security to commuters. They are also more fuel efficient and cheaper on insurance than coupes or convertibles. They usually seat 4 adults comfortably, possibly an extra child in the middle of the rear bench seat.
    • Coupes. Cars of this type are small cars, having two doors. They are shortened versions of sedans, only having an inclined roof toward the rear.
    • Minivans. Minivans are four wheeled vehicles. They are medium sized cars which also provide space for both cargo and passengers. They usually seat 7 people.
    • Hatchbacks. Mid-sized cars which have large doors and offer ample cargo space. Some come with 2 doors and a large rear hatch. All hatchbacks come with a large rear hatch, hence the name, hatchback.
    • Sports Cars. These two seater are designed for both daily driving and some back road hooning!! These cars are lighter, and more powerful than sedans and minivans. These cars are usually coupes, 2 door vehicles. Some are even convertible, vehicles where the roof can be removed or stored in the rear of the car. These vehicles are usually the most expensive on insurance because of the high performance nature of the vehicle.
    • Sport-utility Vehicles (SUVs). These four wheeled cars are designed for regular roads use. These vehicles can sit 8-10 people. SUV's are also great for towing because of powerful, torquey motors.
    • Station Wagons. These are passenger cars with a long roof and cargo area in the rear. Like minivans, passenger space of station wagons is ample.
    • Trucks Trucks are the work horse of cars. Trucks haul, tow, and carry just about everything we need for daily living. There are two main categories of truck: Light and full sized. Light trucks are usually smaller less powerful versions.
  2. Select a car according to your need. Do you drive a lot, or a little? Is saving fuel important? Is reliability important? Is safety a key factor? Is prestige important? Write down your answers to these questions and add anything else that is important to you in a car. Use this list to guide your choice.
  3. Use the internet to further assist you in finding a car. You can view photos, use interactive car pictures that move around, change colors, read the manufacturer's specifications, etc., to learn more.


  • Always test drive a car. Come to a decision after you have slept on it for at least one night. Be sure to visit several different car showrooms to see who will treat you the best.
  • If it's to be a family car, ask any other drivers for their preferences too.

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