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Everything You Need to Know About Japanese Cars

Car Advisor Tamotsu Todoroki

Hi, this is Tamotsu Todoroki. I am a car advisor of Pick'
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A Brief Basic Guide to Buying a Car - Vol.365

Interested in buying a car, but you don't know much about cars? Don't worry, you're not the only one with that problem. It would be unreasonable to expect from everyone to keep up with the latest automotive news when deciding which car to buy. Sure, there are a lot of reviews online and in magazines, but that research takes time, and not everyone is willing to spend countless hours deciding on buying something they're not interested in anyway.

There are many factors in deciding which particular car to get. You might have a favorite brand, and you only want a car with a specific badge to show off, but let's try to be more pragmatic and look at various factors that affect the buying decision.

This one should be obvious. One of the first things you should think about when buying a new car is the size you need. Are you going to be the only one driving it? Are you going to be driving family members? Is that family big or small? If it's just you, then it makes sense to get a compact or a hatchback, especially if you live in a busy city with limited parking space. For families, a sedan or caravan would make more sense, and if you have a particularly large family, an SUV or a minivan would be more suitable. In some countries, buying a bigger car with a bigger engine will end up costing you more when it comes to registration fees, so keep that in mind.

We cannot discuss buying a car without mentioning the price. That's one of the most important factors in every purchase, and the same applies to cars. Whether you're buying a new or a used car, you have to set a certain budget and stick to it. But don't spend every single penny you have. Keep in mind that you're going to invest a certain amount into maintenance, or perhaps buying some extra equipment.

Gas, Diesel, Electric or Hybrid?
It used to be just gas vs diesel, but in the previous years, the number of cars with electric and hybrid engines has been steadily rising. Electric cars sound like the most futuristic option, but they can be expensive compared to their traditional gas and diesel counterparts. This is understandable, as every new technology is expensive at the beginning and it takes time for prices to go down. But there's another problem with electric cars ? the chargers might not be available across the country and their range might not allow for long trips on a single charge. So, in many cases, it makes more sense to just stick to gasoline or diesel-powered cars.

All-wheel drive?
Most new cars are a 2-wheel drive, which is enough for all everyday situations. If you're not a demanding driver, it's probably better to choose a car like this. However, if you want to take occasional trips to nature and drive on difficult terrains, a car with 4-wheel drive is a better option. In this way, you won't get stuck in the mud or snow, and you'll be able to better handle roads that are in worse condition.

Online help
You might be wondering ? isn't there some kind of online guide that can help you in choosing your new car? Well, there is, actually. We offers a comprehensive search engine that lets you search by very precisely defined parameters, such as size, type of transmission, make, and of course ? the price. In this way, you're bound to find just the perfect car that suits your needs.