Choosing the Car Model That’s Right For You

As well as model choices, the extra features of each vehicle type should also be considered in your selection. What kind of engine do you need? Petrol, diesel, or hybrid power? Do you need economy or hauling power? What type of transmission – automatic, manual or auto-manual? How about sound systems, air-conditioning, and optional upholstery? The basic vehicle package often won’t include many optional extras that you want, so you may have to outlay more money to ensure you get the features you want.

Features aside, what car is going to be right for you? Here’s a brief run-down on some popular car models and their main features:

Economy or Small Car – This model is typically a small two-door hatchback or small car. These types of vehicle offer great basic transportation and generally deliver good fuel mileage. They are great “city cars” and are ideal for short trips with up to four passengers.

Economy Crossover – These vehicle models have a more functional body type – think “station wagon”. They generally have a good fuel mileage, and can carry four or five passengers as well as stow some gear. Economy Crossover’s are more costly that the economy small car, but are a lot more functional.

Compact SUV – These cars are designed for more rugged use. The compact SUV often has four-wheel-drive and can handle less than favorable road conditions, but are not designed for heavy off-road use. There are some trade-offs in fuel economy and higher base prices when compared to crossovers or small cars.

Mid-sized Coupe or Sedan – The Coupe has bigger dimensions, more interior space, more comfort for passengers and better for longer trips. This model can be economical with appropriate engine and transmission choices. The base models will often have more accessories and luxury features but the cost is generally higher than more compact car models.

Mid-sized SUV – This is like the compact SUV, but with larger dimensions and is more appropriate for off-road usage, towing and other heavy-duty activities. The mid-sized SUV can comfortably carry four of five passengers and their gear on long distance trips. The big downside of the mid-sized SUV is the fuel consumption – particularly as we see fuel prices and global warming concerns on the rise.

People Movers – these van-types of vehicles have large interior spaces and generally seat five to eight passengers, plus storage space. The People Mover is suitable for longer trips or transporting the kids’ sports teams and all their equipment. Again they are not as economical as the small car, but they are far more appropriate for large families or frequent transportation of groups.

Sports Cars – Small, high-performance vehicles that usually only carry two people comfortably, but can sometimes carry up to four. Sports cars have minimal storage space and are a fun drive for the auto enthusiast, but are not that practical for a family.

Large Coupes, Sedans and SUVs – These large car models are like the mid-sized, but with larger dimensions and are generally even less fuel efficient.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Diecast Car Models

If you’re getting into diecast car models and you’re not really sure where to begin, then first of all, don’t pull your hair out over it.

It’s not like you’re trying to learn trigonometry here, you’re just collecting some toy cars, so here’s the main thing you want to know, make it your motto: Collect What You Like.

When you go into a hobby shop, most of them sell price guides so you can keep track of how much your collection’s worth. Look, forget that those price guides even exist. Trying to study them and find patterns and figure out what’s going to make you a millionaire when you retire is a fruitless pursuit.

You need to treat collecting diecast car models as what it is: A hobby, not a second job. Listen to your inner child, not your inner responsible adult.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s the second most important thing to keep in mind about collecting diecast cars: Take them out and play with them now and then.

Don’t be an old fuddy duddy, don’t be one of those guys who buys toys and then puts them behind glass to ensure that nobody ever has fun with them ever, take them out, race them across the coffee table the next time you watch racing on TV, and, again, obey the inner child.

Because let’s be honest, they’re toys. You’re collecting toys here. Collecting toys and never playing with them is like collecting real cars and never driving them.

What it comes down to is that you should really only be collecting diecast models if you’re passionate about motorsports or classic cars or what have you. You should only be collecting them if you have a real appreciation for automotive excellence and scale model perfection and attention to detail.

If you think you’re going to get rich turning your diecast collection into a retirement fund, go invest in something safe, instead. If you think you’re going to just display them on a shelf and impress people with rare toy cars, forget it, we’re not that impressed. But, if you’re going to put those toy cars to good use, start collecting today.

Collecting is a hobby, and a hobby is supposed to be fun. If you turn it into a chore you have nobody to blame but yourself. So do yourself a favor and start enjoying life for what it is, take your toy cars out and play with them. Planning for the future is great and all, but you don’t want to spend the whole of your adult years thinking “Boy I can’t wait til retirement when I’ll actually let myself have some fun now and then for a change!” Real collectors collect because they like to, not because they’re trying to get rich.

Car Models With the Lowest Insurance Rates – 5 Guidelines

Many people go out and choose a car to buy based solely on a handful of factors, such as the way it looks, safety ratings, engine power, handling, and perceived quality… and of course, price. However, a handful of cost-conscious and prudent buyers think even a bit further ahead, considering such factors as maintenance costs and the cost of car insurance.

One way to figure out the cost of insurance for each car model you are considering buying is to simply call up your insurance agent and rattle off your list of models. However, that is time-consuming, and it also means you have to keep going back to ask for more information if you get new car model ideas later.

A better way to shop for a car while keeping future insurance premiums in mind is to understand the factors that go into how insurance companies compute premiums based upon differences in car models.

If you are looking for car models with the lowest insurance rates, here are 5 guidelines for finding a car that will save you money on auto insurance:

1. Lower cost equals low insurance premium:

Start by understanding this simple rule: cars that cost less to buy tend to also cost less to insure. So, while the price of the model you are considering will affect how much you pay in monthly auto payments, it will also affect the amount you pay in insurance.

2. Find out how the car ranks in terms of auto thefts:

Quite simply, cars that get stolen more often are more costly to insure. This makes sense, of course: the insurance company anticipates that there is a higher likelihood that your car will get stolen if you buy a frequently-stolen model. This means bigger dollar signs for your premiums.

3. Look at safety ratings:

Cars with more (and more advanced) safety features are always going to garner better safety ratings. And, this will translate to a lower auto insurance premium for you to pay.

4. To save money, avoid sports cars:

Here is another simple rule of thumb for you to follow: do not buy a sports car! Sports cars are usually driven harder and faster by their owners, which means a better chance of getting into a costly accident. And, of course, insurance companies know this.

5. Keep your premiums down by buying a less fun-to-drive car:

Your insurance premiums will also be kept as low as possible if you find a car that is not known for being fun to drive. For example, think mini-vans.

The bottom line is this: you will always pay lower premiums for cars that are less fun to drive but rather that are driven because people have to. Soccer moms driving boring-old minivans with great safety ratings are going to always be cheapest to insure.

Meanwhile, automobiles that are a blast to drive – think a Porsche or a souped-up Camero – are also going to cost you a pretty penny to insure. Once you understand these 5 guidelines, narrow your choices down to 2-3 car models; then, go ahead and call your insurance agent for comparison quotes before you buy.

The Best Car Models to Suit Your Needs

The car models you choose to buy define who you are to some extent because they are chosen specifically to meet your individual needs. For some people fuel efficiency is the most important factor and for others power takes precedence. Some people would be interested in both. High safety features are also essential but mostly for the family car. Looking for the right car can be very daunting, as there are endless options out there. To find a new car to suit your needs it’s important to know what models are best for certain purposes. We give you a run-down of some of the best.

Day to day cars – take you to work and back home (five days out of seven)

What most people want for an everyday car model is something that is light on petrol, dependable and has a radio. Fiat has two exemplary examples in this class. The Palio is an attractive car in the same style as the French classics like Renault. It is projected that the fifth series will be launched in 2010 under a different name. The Palio has an average safety rating and enough space for day to day activities. The Fiat Panda is a similar car in a slightly boxier style.

Other car models you can consider in this range are the VW City Golf and Polo, Ford Fiesta and Mazda 2. The Polo is a solid and attractive car that comes at a nice price, and the City Golf is the cheapest in this range.

Weekend cars – the latest sports models are best left for weekend cruises because they are heavy on fuel and you’ll want to keep them looking great.

If you like your toys fast and attractive and you can afford a second car; you could opt for the weekend sports car. The BMW M6 is both a top of the range sports car and an opulent coupe. The Formula-one level speed and acceleration will set your pulse racing. If you’re looking for a classy and sporty coupe/convertible, look no further than the Mercedes CLK and the Maserati, which is the model for serious weekenders who like to play hard.  

Off road cars – for those who love to kick up dust and go camping

The Toyoto Fortuner is an elegant Sport Recreation Vehicle for both townies and country folk. Standard features include leather seats, power windows and a CD player. The Toureg is the off-road vehicle for Volks Wagen lovers. It is less obviously a four-wheel drive than the Fortuner is. The new Toureg boasts some revised technology that shortens braking distance on loose surfaces. Other excellent options for classy adventures are the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne.

All rounder – a car for all occasions, for the one-car household

The VW Tiguan is a sports utility vehicle meets family car and is perfect for a family with a more adventurous spirit. The Tiguan is certainly the best of both with advanced German engineering incorporating both on-road and off-road features. All engine options for this model come in four-wheel drive and the average ground clearance is a good 200 mm. The BMW X3 is another great all rounder, being perfect for off-road adventures or family holidays. This car model’s versatility makes it a good long term investment.