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10 November 2011
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Some Differences between Buying New and Uses Cars A Brief

There are a lot of benefits offered for both new and used cars. Depending on the specifics of what you are looking for, you may find that one is better than the other. Below we have some comparatives to help you make a decision whether or not you should opt for a new or used alternative when buying a car.

What type of car of you looking for?

Various types include:

The Supermini. These models combine drivability with practicality. Have lower running costs, the ‘around town car’. e.g. Peugeot 107-207, Citroen C!-C3 etc.

The Saloon. A general family size vehicle extending to the larger Executive type. IE Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Vectra. Exec’s Mercedes E Class, Audi A8 etc.

The Hatchback. A standard conformation for small cars. Extremely popular and meet the needs of most motorists. IE Audi A3, Vauxhall Astra, Renault Megane etc.

The Estate.

Viewed progressively as the ‘way of life’ vehicle for active people. Having an extended roofline and extra boot capacity. Mostly four door. IE Volvo V50, Volkswagen Passat Estate, Skoda Octavia Estate etc.

The  Coupe.

Presented as a hard or soft topped sports car or sporty variant. Generally 2 door with a lot of manufactures options. IE Audi TT, BMW 3 Series, Mazda RX 8 etc.

The MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle)/People Carrier.

For the larger family. Designed for maximum interior room. IE Citroen Picasso, Renualt Scenic, Vauxhall Zafira etc.

The SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)/4X4.

Primarily an on and off road vehicle, mostly with a four wheel drive capability. With lots of room and dominant engines. The fuel consumption can be high. IE Land Rover Discovery, BMW X5, Range Rover, Audi Q7 etc.

The Cabriolet (convertible)/Roadster.

Usually a two seater, having a retractable hardtop roof or just a fold away soft-top. These are sporty variants to the Coupe’s. IE Nissan 350z, Saab 9-3 Convertible, BMW Z4 Roadster etc.

The Supercar.

This range has the fastest cars in the world. The most costly to buy and maintain. Nearly do litres to the mile! Probably the best driving experience you will ever have. Makers include Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Lamborghini etc.l quickly notice that the better tyres are the better value. When there are mileage guarantees to compare, this calculation can be much simpler. Tyres are speed rateD

Styling – The Look

You see yourself in a sports car but family needs come first. Mom wants a people carrier, Dad prefers an estate, and the kids think an SUV's cool. Now you're hearing of a new type of vehicle called a "MPV," whatever that means. To help you through this confusion and aid you in making a choice, we've compiled a brief description of the most popular vehicle types.


The 4-door saloon's three-box configuration continues to appeal to folks who are more comfortable with familiar forms. This is especially true in the executive class where longer overall car lengths benefit from the saloon's balanced look. It also appeals to car owners who prefer to have the boot area completely sealed and out of view in a separate compartment. Smaller cars are less practical as saloons and benefit from hatchback or estate configurations.

The Estate

Long a favorite of drivers who needed more boot capacity, the estate has declined in popularity, due to the versatility of the people carrier and SUVs. Nevertheless it's a good choice for buyers who prefer saloon-like handling and accommodation. With the rear seat folded flat, the estate can handle everything from a sheet of plywood to an antique cabinet. With the seat up, it performs like a saloon.

Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)

More utilitarian than sport, the SUV's popularity is due to a number of factors including a "command" seating position, spacious luggage capacity, and the availability of four-wheel-drive. Highly recommended for those who must drive through snow, mud and sand and, of course, for participants in an off-roading location? Some SUVs tend to be gas-guzzlers and have a reputation for rolling over in accident situations.


Arguably the most sensible passenger car yet devised. A saloon with a lifting rear door where the boot would be, it allows for the carrying of large items when the back seat is not in use. The smaller the car, the more you need one because of the hatch's ability to look, drive, and feel like a saloon while carrying all sorts of odd-shaped cargo. With lifestyles demanding more versatility, the hatchback concept is enjoying a rise in popularity.

People Carrier/MOV (Multi Purpose Vehicle

It's been said the people carrier is the estate for today's families; at least large ones. A people carrier can transport up to eight passengers in three-row seating and still leave room for luggage. Rear seats that fold flat into the floor create an immense amount of room. Parents like the walk-through space between the front seats. Kids like the way video screens provide on-the-go entertainment. The people carrier drives more like a car than an SUV does, and the only people who refuse to be seen in one are image-conscious young men!


If you subscribe to the "door for every seat" theory a coupe is not for you. Basically, a coupe is nothing more than a 2-door saloon but its appeal lies in the sporty look. That image will cost you more, though coupes actually cost less to manufacture. Getting in and out of the rear seat is a pain. In spite of all these negatives, coupes remain popular because there's more to driving than just transportation and a coupe says something about its owner. Four-door coupes are the hot new thing, but are they really coupes?


If a coupe is not the most practical conveyance, a convertible is even less so. Rear seats are often more cramped than a coupe's and the boot is inevitably smaller due to the space needed for a folding top. And you will definitely pay a premium for the privilege. Yet, for all its inconveniences, driving with the top down, especially on a warm spring day, makes the convertible worth every penny. The feeling is glorious, the all-round visibility wonderful. Good for the soul.

Sports Car

In the beginning they were all sports cars, for you had to be a sport just to drive one of those early automobiles. Later, the sports car became a vehicle built solely for the fun of driving, often quickly, and have remained so to this day. A true sports car puts handling, steering, braking, and agility first, passenger comfort and convenience second. In most cases it will have only two seats, as size and weight are the enemies of performance.

The Crossover

"Crossover" is just one term manufacturers are using as they attempt to name a new breed of vehicle that combines the virtues of several categories. Take a saloon, for example, and mix in equal parts of SUV, an estate, and people carrier (MPV), and you get a crossover. They come in all sizes and a variety of shapes as designers continue to experiment, but one thing you can be sure of: The crossover/sports-wagon/MPV/APV vehicle is here to stay.


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