Download Your Exercise Below
Here is the script for the “Finding The Right Car For You” video:
As of 2019, there were nearly three hundred different types of car models offered in the United States. That’s a lot of options! So how do you go about finding the right car for you and your situation?
The best way to start is to consider a weighted scale of importance. You’re going to decide on a scale of 1 to 6 about which factors are the most important to you. You’ll find a PDF file above as well as in the Additional Resources section titled, “The Right Car Exercise” to help you through this process. It’s so easy to use. Print it out if you want to write in all of your answers, or use it with a PDF reader and it will automatically calculate all of the values for you!
I’m going to challenge you to consider at least three different cars before you make your decision. Working through all five will yield the most definitive results. We’ll look at pricing considerations in the next section, but for now, we’re going to focus on what you want.
First, we’ll consider Performance – How fast do you want to go from Zero to 60? This is referred to as Torque, while Horsepower is more about Top Speed. If tearing into a corner really gets your heart pumping, then you’ll want to rate this higher on the scale.
Styling is another critical factor. Here you’re more interested in sleek lines, leather seats, fresh colors, maybe a two-door coupe or convertible – basically, you want to turn heads when you’re driving down the road.
Safety is next. Here we’re heavily weighting a 5-star rating on an IIHS Crash Test. Maybe a more significant, sturdier frame is necessary with airbags in every nook and cranny.
Finances are a significant concern for many people as well. We’re looking for not only a lower purchase price here but also a lower cost of ownership through outstanding fuel economy or lower maintenance. No premium gasoline engines fall into this category.
Functionality and Technology are critical factors for many people. Do you have a family of 6 to transport regularly, is Apple CarPlay a must-have feature? Basically, you’ll rate this highly if you love a sweet touchscreen and apps, if you typically carry more than five passengers, or if you need something specific for work, like a pickup truck.
Finally, some people just love a specific brand and won’t change, no matter what. It will limit your selection, but most major manufacturers can provide a model that will score a six on any of these factors.
Now the rating system will be entirely subjective for you. You and I may look at the same car and give it completely different ratings. After you decide which factors are important to you, feel free to reach out to other students in our Facebook group for car recommendations. This is where the value of a community can help if you get stuck.