Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Cars and the Increasing Fuel Prices

There was a time when people would buy a car with out having to think of anything else after owning it-well of course aside from your kid crashing it or the car getting car napped. Now, with the current fuel prices and the amount of pollution, there has been a lot of changes. The thing with this increasing prices is that not only the automotive sectors are affected, but also other commodities such as food, water, thus, also giving a huge effect to the lifestyle of the consumer.

I would always remember going to malls and recreational places and see lots of people doing a lot of shopping and people at supermarkets always having their baskets or push cart filled with groceries and products. Now, there is a limit. People would now consider the price of the product and the usability of it for the household. If before, a certain shopper would buy some junk foods and extra stocks, now, she would have a list of just what is needed in a specific span of time.

The same should go if you want to buy cars. You should look for one that would fit your budget and lifestyle and a car that would satisfy your every need. The factors to consider aside from its practicality are:

  • price of actual unit

  • mileage

  • availability of service for maintenance and parts

  • cost of maintenance

  • luggage and passenger space

  • durability/flexibility

Of course, before you search this details, you would first have to know your budget for buying it and owning/driving it and most important, your purpose of buying it. A car for an individual or a couple to be used on the daily basis would mean a lot of expenses-gasoline and maintenance. A car for a family needs space and safety of course is priority. A car for utility use would require flexibility and durability as well. We could some up the advisory to this different purposes.

  • Individual/couples – small to regular size cars (cars that could give you mileage and safety)

  • Family of 4 to 6 – SUVs or minivans (safe, comfortable and spacious)

  • Larger Family – Vans (spacious for both passenger and luggage)

  • Utility – Trucks or some van

The next question would be, “What kind of vehicle is economical”?

With the new technologies today, answering this would not be easy. The choice would still be with the consumer. Now, the options for an economical car today is many.

1. Engine Conversion

2. Hybrid Cars

3. Small Cars

Engine Conversions could be chosen if you would want your car to run on alternative energy such as water, LPG or other form of fuel. This could give you more mileage with your gasoline and you can buy this resources cheaper than regular fuel. The only thing about it is that you would have to sacrifice some engine power.

Hybrid cars are getting popular. They can give good mileage and in the same way they are environmentally friendly cars. The upset is that they cost more than a regular car and the maintenance and availability of its resources-tools, repairs, parts- is not as available as fuel on every gas station.

Small Cars is also a good option for they have smaller engines and smaller engines tend to burn less gasoline. Some small cars also brings with them a good safety test. For example, the smart car achieved a 5 star rating and gives you good mileage. The only thing that you would have to consider with these small cars is that you would not have enough luggage and passenger space.

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