Consider Fuel Efficiency When Buying a Car
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Consider Fuel Efficiency When Buying a Car By Fisher Swanson
When you need to buy your next automobile make sure that fuel
economy doesn't get lost in the shuffle. Buying a compact car
with good gas mileage is both friendly to the environment and
your pocket book. You will enjoy the savings throughout the life
of the vehicle.
There is a lot to consider when buying a car. If you are buying
a used car the condition of the clutch, brakes, engine and
transmission will play a huge role in how much that car will
cost to operate. Even minor problems can result in $300 repairs.
With new cars you need to find the make and model that has a
proven track record and fits your needs. Make sure that fuel
efficiency plays a role in your decision making. If you emerge
from the car buying process with a fuel efficient car you will
burn up less cash in your tank and have more money to spend on
things that matter.
Take advantage of what is known.
When it comes to vehicle maintenance, the one thing you can
easily and accurately predict is how much gas you are going to
use. Gas prices may fluctuate but most people can spend a week
or two logging their gas consumption and get a good idea of how
many gallons they use. If you don't already, track your gas
consumption so you can use this information when purchasing a
Make it the #1 priority.
One way to make sure that fuel efficiency is considered is to
start by looking at cars that get good gas mileage. Make it the
#1 priority and see where that leads you. The problem with
today's car market is car manufacturers know that gas mileage is
not a major consideration when purchasing a new vehicle for many
Crunching the numbers.
When you are evaluating a car's fuel efficiency, ask yourself
how long you think you will be driving the car and determine how
much gas will cost.
Let's say you want to get a used car for $5,000 and hope to
drive it for 5 years. Below are some 5 year gas cost estimates
based on driving 15,000 miles per year and buying gas for $1.40
per gallon. If gasoline is more expensive than $1.40, the costs
will be even higher.
A Sampling of Used Cars:
1994 Ford Explorer SUV (2WD) 5 year gas estimate = $5525
1994 Honda Accord Sedan 5 year gas estimate = $3885
1994 Honda Civic DX Sedan 5 year gas estimate = $2385
A Sampling of New Cars: