If you have a long drive to and from work and school, then you need a car that is both reliable and fuel efficient to get you where you need to be each day. There are many factors to consider when purchasing a car for commuting. Here are some helpful tips for what to look for when choosing a car for your busy lifestyle.
Of course, one of the main concerns commuters have is fuel efficiency. If you’re driving a fair amount of miles each day, then your gas bill can quickly add up. Luckily, when you’re shopping for a car it’s very easy to identify which vehicles can help you save money on gas. The EPA requires that each year, make, and model of vehicle have published fuel-economy expectations once they go on the market. Generally, the larger the vehicle, the more gas it will use. However, beyond that, today vehicles have many different features that help make them more fuel efficient.
When trying to determine the fuel efficiency of a vehicle, you will want to look at two different numbers. Each car will have an estimate for the total number of highway miles per gallon it is expected to give, and the total number of in-town miles. Although your commute may mean you spend most of your drive on the freeway, that doesn’t mean that you can expect to stay within the estimated freeway miles per gallon. That’s because heavy traffic will cause you to step on your brakes more often, which will decrease your fuel efficiency. If you tend to drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic, then your mileage will likely be closer to the “in town” estimate.
You may think that having a powerful engine is more of a luxury than anything. However, engine power serves an important purpose. A well-performing engine is easier to handle on a busy road. High-powered engines handle much more efficiently in adverse weather conditions as well. That being said, the amount of power your car has can actually be an important safety feature.
Does your commute take you through stop-and-go traffic or hilly terrain? If so, you may want to consider how convenient it would be to have an automatic transmission. The need to constantly shift gears can really wear on a commuter over time. Many commuters prefer the ease of an automatic vehicle, even though manual cars can sometimes be purchased for a lower cost.
When the time comes for you to purchase a new commuter vehicle, come into Credit Country Auto Sales. We have the best selection of quality commuter vehicles in town. Plus, all of our vehicles come with a worry-free warranty. That means if anything goes wrong with your new commuter vehicle within your warranty vehicle, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that you are covered for many different major repairs. We also have great in-house financing packages for all drivers, no matter what your credit history looks like. Come in and see our great selection of vehicles for yourself.