Choose the car that’s right for you and your wallet – and the planet

There are many variables to consider when selecting a new or used car. Cost is usually paramount – but there are other things that can make your purchase more viable in the long run.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: the smaller the car, the cheaper it typically is to run – and the opposite is generally true of full-sized vehicles.

With this in mind, ask yourself: what do I want a car for? For instance, do you mainly expect to drive solo? Or do you need a car that will regularly transport family members and/or friends? If you fall into the former category, there’s little point buying, say, a seven-seat people carrier, particularly if you want to spend as little money on fuel as possible.

Speaking of which, do you want or need a vehicle that’s powered by a combustion engine? Have you considered a low-emission hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) or a zero-emission electric vehicle (EV)? Either option is more expensive than a regular car – but over time, you’ll claw back the extra expenditure by saving money on fuel while producing lower and even zero emissions.

Yes, emissions are another thing to think about. At 2021’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), numerous major countries and automotive brands agreed to an all-electric motoring target by 2040. Clearly, EVs are the future of sustainable motoring, and more and more marques are getting on board. For instance, Ford, KIA, and ŠKODA have all produced electric (and hybrid) cars.

EVs are not only the most affordable form of motor car, they’re cheaper to maintain. This is because an EV’s drivetrain has fewer working parts compared to that of a regular or hybrid car. Furthermore, owners of HEVs and particularly EVs are incentivised with low or zero congestion charges, Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax relief and so on.

Please take the time to study our hybrid and electric car ranges to find a vehicle that matches your needs and budget. Why not talk to one of our experts today, via live chat, over the phone, or in-person to find out how an electric or hybrid vehicle could save you money.

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