Choosing a car may be one of the toughest decisions you ever have to make, in the case you can actually afford to pick. If money is a matter of not enough room to deposit choosing a car will definitely be influenced by the need to be in style and of having the latest gear. On the other hand, if money is a touchy issue the main criteria for picking out a car should be it’s practicability.
In either of the two cases picking out a car should be based on performance and the main thing you have to consider is your need for a car and the same tine the car’s needs. Without a shadow of a doubt more than half of the Earth’s population would love to be behind the wheel of a Ferrari, however on a day to day basis less than 1% actually have needs that can be satisfied by this car.
If your day to day needs are driving to and from work and also an off road trip every 2 or 3 weekends the range of cars available with reasonable prices is vast. Once you establish what you need the car for to diminish the range of choices you have to look for the car’s needs, and that is fuel consumption, warranty for parts, weather restrictions so on and so forth. Left only with few choices you can now afford to decide based on the looks of the car. Otherwise if your need consist of dominating an autocross you might want to start with a Lincoln Continental.
Another choice is modifying an older car to bring it up to the current specifications and to meet also your own criteria. It would be the cheapest way to provide yourself with a car, however just about the hardest one to achieve, unless engine work is a passion of yours. Lack of time and determination will end up in an unfinished project which will eventually rust away.
At the end of the day a car is a mean of transportation and it’s main goal should be just that. Taking first and foremost into account durability, safety and an affordable price, a car should also represent you as a person. And if you can’t afford a Mercedes to show that you are a man with exquisite taste, buy the one you can afford an treat it as if it was the car of your dreams. It will show.