June 22, 2024

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What to Consider When Making the Switch to a Bigger Car

Bigger isn’t always better but when it comes to your car, sometimes size really does matter. Whether due to an expanding family, shifting career requirements, or simply the desire for more space and comfort, sometimes you’re just going to desire a bigger car.

Transitioning to a bigger car isn’t just about choosing any larger vehicle though; it’s about finding the model that fits your lifestyle and makes sense logically. With that in mind, here are a few top considerations to make when deciding to go big or go home.

 

Lifestyle and Needs

Ask yourself what you expect from the upgrade to a bigger motor. Are you looking to accommodate a growing family? Perhaps you need extra boot space for a new hobby? Your lifestyle will significantly influence the type of vehicle you choose as it will dictate not only how much space you need but also what kind of space you need. SUVs offer versatility and space that can be ideal for families but if comfort and luxury during long drives are your priority, a larger saloon car might be the right choice.

 

Practicality

Larger vehicles naturally provide more space and comfort, but they also bring challenges when it comes to manoeuvrability and parking in tight spaces. Consider whether the size of the vehicle is practical for your everyday driving environment, particularly if you are a regular city commuter. Try to find a middle ground and settle on a model that offers good visibility and easy handling to alleviate some of the stress associated with larger vehicles.

 

Technology and Safety Features

So many cars today can feel more the computers than vehicles, what with the vast array of screens, gizmos and, more importantly, safety features. When upgrading to a larger car, look for features that suit your driving habits and conditions. Don’t go for a car with a massive touchscreen, for example, if you’re daunted by smartphones. One thing that larger cars generally boast over their smaller alternatives, however, is extra safety features such as adaptive cruise control and parking assistance. These features can help manage the vehicle’s size and improve safety, making them worthwhile investments for any driver considering an upgrade.

 

Budget and Financial Planning

Whether you choose to go brand new or second-hand, a car is a substantial purchase, second perhaps only to a house or major holiday. But upgrading to a larger car means considering more than just the ticket price. There are long-term costs associated with owning a larger car. It’s likely to have weaker fuel efficiency than your old car and insurance premiums will probably be larger too. You can mitigate the extra costs somewhat by buying second-hand. For example, reputable manufacturers like BMW offer a wide range of used vehicles that provide reliability and quality without the hefty price tag associated with a brand-new car.