4 Important features to look for when leasing or purchasing a vehicle

By Alyssia Rubertucci

For many, the process of committing to a vehicle for purchase or lease may be daunting. There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to making decisions on the right car for you.

That process, however, could become simpler if you narrow your search down to include four major characteristics of a car: space, safety, fuel economy and reliability.

Nick Messina, sales/leasing advisor at Des Sources Chrysler and Fiat, shared his insight about what to look for on your quest to find the car that will suit your needs.

1. Space

Messina says it is important to determine how your vehicle will be used. Will it be used more for the everyday errands and commute or for transporting a family of four or five? Will it be used for business or more for pleasure? These are important questions to ask and space is key, considering how your lifestyle can play a crucial role in the decision-making process.

2. Safety

A major factor when it comes to your decision to buy or lease a car is its safety features. Messina says a critical part of the process is doing research online to verify if the vehicles you are interested in are rated well in terms of safety.

It is best to search for vehicles that have 5-star safety ratings, which measure the crashworthiness and rollover safety of vehicles. This will facilitate the process of choosing a vehicle that suits your safety needs, since you can find the safest vehicle for your lifestyle with the click of a button.

3. Fuel Economy

With the rising prices of gas recently, Messina puts emphasis on this characteristic in particular when searching for your dream car. Fuel economy is especially important when it comes to your lifestyle. It is something you might want to consider particularly if your plan is to travel great distances in your vehicle. Fuel efficiency is considered a giant plus amid gas price fluctuations.

4. Reliability

One of the last things to consider is the reliability of the car you are hoping to have. This characteristic, like safety, is rated and reviewed specifically. The Internet has proven to be extremely resourceful when it comes to available information on a car’s reliability and its accompanying reviews.

If you have determined the car type you would like to buy or lease, it is important to properly inform yourself on each brand’s performance. Reliability ratings generally measure how well each vehicle is holding up and the chances of you being inconvenienced by repairs. This information is vital in the decision-making process, and it will make it easier for you to settle on a specific car or brand.

These four characteristics are important in their own regard, but just scratch the surface when it comes to the process. Throughout the process though, Messina says it is essential to keep an open mind about your future car and to take advantage of the best, most accessible tool for research: the Internet.

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