Published on : 03 March 20214 min reading time
Tips before buying a vehicle
Before buying a car or motorbike, you must first define your budget. Make sure you set a clear budget so that you don’t go overboard. The vehicle will consume fuel or other energy depending on the model and must be maintained. Sometimes the cost of maintenance can be expensive. Note that any motor vehicle using the public highway must have insurance. You can then include guarantees in your vehicle’s insurance to cover you when it needs to be maintained, for example. Take these criteria into account before choosing a car or a motorbike. It’s better to have a vehicle that won’t ruin you, especially if you have other expenses. Choose the model of the car or motorbike that meets your needs and your preferences, according to your budget and your financial situation.
Never buy a vehicle on the spur of the moment. For example, if you drive less even though you’ve chosen a diesel model of car, it will cost you more when you buy and maintain it. Also, if you have a large family, it’s best to forget about the idea of having a compact sedan and choose a wagon with more seats. Don’t forget to factor in operating costs.
The different types of engines
You have a choice of different types of vehicle engines. These include diesel, petrol, LPG, electric, E85 or hybrid engines. In general, motorbikes run on petrol, but you can also choose an electric motorbike, which is becoming more and more popular these days. Statistically for France, diesel-powered vehicles are the most popular. They are advantageous in that they consume less fuel and have a longer lifespan. The weak points of these engines are that they are less suitable for short journeys such as city use. Compared to the diesel engine, the petrol engine is more flexible, suitable for short journeys, easy to maintain and more suitable for urban use. The only disadvantage is that petrol is more expensive than diesel. You can also use LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) engines if you are more environmentally friendly. Cars using GPS engines are less polluting and less powerful compared to petrol or diesel. Electric vehicles are becoming more and more common on the roads. You can even choose a car with a hybrid engine (electric motor and combustion engine).
Choosing a used or new vehicle?
A car or motorbike is considered used if it has been driven more than 6,000 km or delivered more than 6 months. Whether you choose to buy a new or used car or motorbike depends on your budget. Buying a new model is advantageous on a few points. Among the advantages are the manufacturer’s warranty, a longer life span and having a motorbike or a car in perfect condition. On the other hand, the weak points of a new purchase are the high cost, the need for better car or motorbike insurance, which will be more expensive, and the fact that when you resell it after a few years, its value will decrease a lot. With a used car or motorbike, you can benefit from a lower insurance premium and a lower purchase cost compared to a new model. On the other hand, you will face more risks regarding mechanical problems and you will not have a guarantee regarding the actual condition of the vehicle.
Advice before buying a motorbike
Before buying a motorbike, there are certain criteria you should consider. When buying your first motorbike, choose a model that suits your size so that you can fully control the motorbike on the road, especially at higher speeds. Take into account in advance the various costs such as registration fees, insurance or the equipment you’ll need, in accordance with the rules for safe and serene riding. As with a car, maintenance costs differ depending on the model of the motorbike. There are refresher courses available to give you more experience when you ride a motorbike.