When you’re looking for a used car, you don’t want to be in a situation where it costs you a fortune to run. Petrol costs have risen sharply in recent times, so it’s important to have a vehicle you can manage.
Here at Crossy’s Cars, we specialise in helping all Australians have access to their own car, no matter their circumstances. Our finance partners are open to offering loans even if you have a bad credit history, are self-employed or receive a government pension. Best of all, our cars are all serviced and checked for safety, so you have peace of mind.
Since you might be looking for a new car, but you’re on a tight budget, here is some information about choosing the most economical car for your needs.
Stick with smaller cars
It wouldn’t be a surprise to anybody, but the bigger your car is, generally, the more fuel it will use. There are exceptions of course, as many new mid-size and larger cars are more economical than their predecessors. However, the general rule of thumb is that smaller is better when you’re trying to save money.
For example, a small 4-door automatic hatch is always a popular choice for people looking to keep fuel costs down. Some examples are the Kia Rio, Hyundai i30, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, and the always-popular Mazda 3. All of these cars are known for being cheap to run, and as long as they’re mechanically sound, which all of Crossy’s Cars are, you can save plenty at the petrol pump.
Another thing to consider when buying a car is the ongoing maintenance costs. This can be difficult to work out in the used car market, but these points should help.
Newer vehicles under warranty
Late-model vehicles may still be within the original warranty period. They also may still be subject to capped-price servicing. Now, this can be good or bad depending on your view. Naturally, you should get your car serviced at the stated intervals to ensure it stays in good working order. It can also affect your warranty if you don’t. So, while the warranty and capped-price servicing are good, it does mean you have to stick pretty closely to recommended service intervals.
Older vehicles outside of warranty
On the other hand, a slightly older car that no longer has a warranty or capped price servicing comes with a little more freedom. You’ve got the choice of whether to service it at the prescribed intervals or not. While we would never recommend skipping a service, we do appreciate that every person’s financial situation is different and it’s not always possible.
Ultimately, having the warranty and capped-price servicing is a win, especially if something goes wrong. But choosing a trusted, reliable brand that’s known for longevity is also a good way to keep maintenance costs down.
Looking for economical used cars?
We’ve got a wide range of second hand cars brisbane here at Crossy’s Cars, and we can even help you get one if your credit history is poor. No matter your circumstances, visit or contact us today and find out how we can help.