Car Shopping: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!
So I have been car shopping for the past three days. I’ve been researching online, test driving cars, trying to find the best promotions and deals, and getting my old car ready to trade in.
Car shopping is hard work! There are so many decisions to make. Should I buy? Should I lease? Which car should I get? What “bells and whistles” does it have and is it worth the extra money for them? Which cars are the best fuel efficient? Gas is at $4.00 a gallon so that needs to be considered. Which color car should I get? How much room do I need? It is all so much to think about.
I’ve come down to the decision that fuel efficiency and space are pretty important for me. I have a 7-year old and 5-year old, and I’ve been carpooling places and driving other kids around so I need a little extra space. I also have family the comes in from DC so it would be nice to have room to drive them around as well. As for fuel efficiency, I think that is pretty self-explanatory. It’s super important these days.
In fact, I tested the Toyota Prius V which we really fell in love with. It drives great! It has much more space than the Prius, and you get 45-55 mpg. There were so many cool features. We actually would have bought it right then and there, but the price was just too high. Even though the sticker price was still just in the high 20’s, the monthly payment came to $499 a month. Out of our league.
After more research I have narrowed it down to two cars. The Toyota RAV4 and the Kia Sorento. Here are the comparisons. I am thinking about closing the deal tomorrow, so I would love to hear any insights or feedback you may have! Thanks!
Both are for a 3-year lease. We decided on the leasing route because financially it just makes sense for us right now. Here are the pros and cons for each:
Pros: third-row seats, drives well, price is good, good reputation, nice new facility (get complimentary manicures when you wait for an oil change), 2-year free maintenance (includes oil changes), 24 mpg
Cons: the inside fabric is just okay, the third-row seats are a bit tight, not many “bells and whistles”
Pros: third-row seats (spacious), drives well, roomy, rear-view back-up camera, bluetooth capabilities, heated front seats, nice fabric, 24 mpg
Cons: more expensive (by a bit), not sure of the Kia reputation, facility was just okay
Have you leased or owned one of these cars? What did you think? I would LOVE any advice! This is a tough decision. Thanks!