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How to choose your first Toyota

How to choose your first Toyota

After a home, a car is the second most expensive purchase that most people make in their lives. So it’s worth putting some time into choosing the right car for your lifestyle and budget, as well as the best finance option for you. Even if you’re a first-timer, the information contained in this guide by Hallmark Toyota will help you make a final purchase with confidence, knowing that you’ve covered off the most important considerations, plus a few that are important just to you. Buying your first Toyota should be an enjoyable experience, and doing your research can greatly affect the outcome. In this blog by Hallmark Toyota, we talk about how to choose your first Toyota vehicle in Orangeville, ON! 

But before you start, it’s important to know what you should consider before you decide which car to buy.

  • What about insurance?
  • Can you drive it on your license?
  • What paperwork will you need to sort out?
  • What can you really afford?
  • How much will it cost to run?
  • How safe and reliable is it?

What will you use your Toyota for?

Think about why you need a car and where and how far you will be driving it. Do you drive mostly short distances, parking mainly in the city, with only the occasional weekend away? Then a smaller car might work for you. Or does your work require a long commute with many kilometers on roadways or country highways? In this case, a sedan could be a better option.

Do you expect to have more than one passenger on a regular basis and will you need space for equipment or sports gear? A four-door, or perhaps a hatch or small SUV may be the answer. Also, consider if there’s likely to be a baby or small children on board in the near future. If you have a young family or are planning one, then you’ll need a boot big enough for a pram and room for capsules and/or baby seats. 

Fuel economy 

As engine technology improves, cars are becoming increasingly often more fuel-efficient with fewer harmful emissions than older cars. In the case of some Hybrid cars, fuel consumption and emissions can be effectively reduced to zero when waiting at lights or driving in slow stop-start traffic. Hybrid refers to vehicles powered by a combination of electric motor and gas engine or electric motor and a diesel engine. Over time, even small savings in fuel costs can make a big difference to your running costs. So when you compare makes and models, make sure you check fuel performance for the type of driving you will be doing. You’ll find fuel consumption figures for most new cars on manufacturers’ websites. It’s also often included in individual car reviews.

Safety first  

Safety on the road is a major priority, especially for new drivers. To keep you as safe as possible on the road, many cars are now designed not just to help protect occupants in an accident (for instance with multiple airbags and crumple zones). They are also equipped with technologies and innovations such as traction control, anti-skid braking, radar cruise control, blind-spot monitors, reverse cameras, and audible alarms, to help reduce the chance of accidents occurring in the first place.

If you are looking to purchase your first Toyota vehicle, then doing research and understanding your driving habits and needs are great places to start. We encourage you to consider scheduling a test drive at our Hallmark Toyota dealership. Click here to find our contact information, schedule a test drive, or to speak with a representative.