(NC) With winter ending and warmer weather approaching, the time is right to think about spring and summer cruising in some great wheels. If you’re in the market for a vehicle this season, there are some things you can do to make the experience interesting, rewarding and satisfying.
By analyzing your driving lifestyle, choosing the vehicle and power that’s right for you and doing your fuel consumption homework, you’ll be driving in style in no time — with money in the bank and a green mindset. Whether you’re looking for a new or used vehicle, check out these tips to get you started:
- Analyze your driving needs. Where do you live? What do you do? How will you use your vehicle? How many people and things will you carry along with you? How much will you travel each day? Do you need to tow a boat to your cottage? These are just a few of the questions you can ask yourself to get a realistic idea of the size and type of vehicle you’ll need.
Analyze your choices. Gasoline, diesel, electric or hybrid are your basic power choices nowadays and each has its advantages depending on your driving needs. Do your research to find out which combination of pros and cons works best for you.
Avoid temptation. There are some thirsty, fuel-guzzling vehicles out there and they’re not all pickup trucks or large SUVs. You can find a vehicle with moderate thrills that won’t cost a bundle to fill up or maintain.
Think light, think small, think efficient. Why buy a bigger, more expensive vehicle when a smaller, greener one will do? Help protect the environment for future generations with a more fuel-efficient vehicle that produces fewer greenhouse gases.
Do the math. Check the EnerGuide label on the vehicle for the fuel consumption ratings. For example, a vehicle with a fuel consumption rating of seven litres per 100km would use about half the fuel than a vehicle with a rating of 14 litres per 100km. If you’re looking to purchase a used vehicle, fuel consumption ratings are available on websites such as www.vehicles.nrcan.gc.ca.