When it comes to buying luxury cars, one has a vast amount of models to choose from. It’s easy to purchase a luxury car, but it’s difficult to choose “the” right one! If you are one of the many discerning motorists that plan to buy such a vehicle this year, how do you know which one to choose?
On the Internet, there are plenty of guides that show you how to buy new or used cars. But you seldom see any that describe how to choose the perfect luxury car. Today’s article aims to change that and help you on your quest.
Keep reading to learn more about what you need to look out for, and what to do. By the time you finish reading this page, you will wonder where it’s been all your life!
New or used?
The primary question you need to ask yourself is whether you want to opt for a brand new luxury, high-performance car. Or whether you want to save some money and buy a used model. It’s no secret that such vehicles will cost a lot more than the “average” car.
Whether you buy a new or used model is down to your personal preference. Both options have their pros and cons, so it’s important to be aware of what they are.
New cars have the advantage that they haven’t been under anyone else’s ownership in the past. They only have delivery miles on the clock and have a full manufacturer’s warranty. And, your inner car geek will love the fact that it has that “new car smell.” Even if it might not be good for you!
Used cars are often much cheaper to buy than new models. They may have had one or more previous owners. The older the car is, the less of the manufacturer’s warranty it will have. There is also the question of reliability when you buy a used model.
Most consumers will assume that the wealthy will just opt for brand new cars all the time. But that isn’t always the case. Sometimes they might want to buy a previous generation of their favourite model, for instance.
If money is no object, the obvious choice will be to make a cash purchase for your next luxury car. But if you’re a savvy business person, you might wish to keep your cash flow at its current level. In such cases, it makes sense to lease the car you want to get.
It’s no secret that cars only have a limited lifespan. And because they depreciate, you won’t ever make any profit by selling your car a few years later. Leasing frees you from such burdens.
All the major dealerships like Listers offer personal and business leasing deals. With a lease, you pay a deposit and fixed monthly payments for two or three years. After this period elapses, you are free to hand the car back and start again with a new model.
Type of car
Once you’ve decided whether to buy new or used, and how to pay for your next car, it’s time to decide what kind of car you want. Luxury cars come in all shapes and sizes. You might wish to have a saloon car, such as the Volkswagen Phaeton. Or perhaps you’d prefer something that can drive on all terrains, like the Range Rover Sport.
At this point, you should think about what you need out of a car. Luxury, performance and style are the obvious answers. But what do you want to do with your car? Do you want a vehicle that will transport you and three other passengers in style? Or do you prefer a two-seater that can drive at lightning speeds, like a Lamborghini or a Ferrari?
Today’s luxury cars come with a plethora of useful technology and in-car gadgets. They make your life on the road a more enjoyable experience. Let me give you a few examples.
Today’s luxury cars come with infotainment systems. They combine car audio with technology that works in tandem with smartphones. You can control your car’s HVAC systems with infotainment systems. You can also use “apps” to communicate with the outside world through your mobile phone.
These systems also incorporate other features like built-in satellite navigation. A touchscreen colour display is often part of an infotainment system. Most also allow you to control various aspects using voice commands.
Take the current generation Lexus IS, for example. You can “tell” it that you’re feeling too hot, and it will lower the temperature in the cabin by a few degrees! Such features make your life easier on the road. And safer too!
Talking of safety, when you look at luxury cars to buy in 2015 you should ensure that the one you want boasts excellent safety features. All modern cars come with benefits like stability control as standard.
But there are plenty of other ways your new luxury vehicle can keep you safe on the road. Lane departure assistance ensures that your car does not veer out of the lane it’s in unless you intended to do so.
HUDs (head-up displays) show you important statistics like current speed on your windscreen. Doing so means that you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. Collision warning systems work in tandem with adaptive cruise control so that you don’t end up shunting the car in front of you!
Let’s face it; when you’re buying a luxury car, you want to make sure it’s comfortable to drive! The model you choose should have comfortable seats that offer a plethora of adjustments. The front seats should also have occupant “memories.” In other words, if you share your car with someone else, you can “save” your seat settings to a profile. And they can do the same too.
There should be plenty of legroom for both the front seat and rear passengers, as well as the driver. It is useful to be able to stretch your legs when you need to, especially on a long journey.