13 October 2020 · Motoring Tips & Advice

Tips for Finding the Right Car for You | Phil Gilbert Toyota

The car buying journey is always an exciting one, and it’s natural that you do your own research before visiting your nearest Toyota Dealer to take some vehicles on a test drive. Whether this is your first car or you just haven’t made a motor purchase in a while, you’ll want to call on the opinions of your loved ones and ask yourself a few key questions, to really narrow down your search and get out on the road feeling happy with your choice.

What do you need from the car?

First of all, you’ll want to assess your needs to determine what you want from your vehicle. Our guests each look for different points of value when searching for a new Toyota car - whether that be price point, fuel economy, a sporty exterior or something else.

Consider the type of driving you do and whether practicality is more important than image - or vice-versa. For example, if you primarily drive on the highway and surface streets to drop your kids off at school or drive to work, a hybrid such as the Toyota Prius will tick all the boxes for comfort, interior space and running costs. If, on the other hand, you’re a weekend adventure junkie looking for some off-road thrills, the LandCruiser is an icon that has become the workhorse of choice in the outback.

How often/how much will you drive it?

If you’re planning on doing a lot of driving - whether for interstate weekends or a long daily commute - consider the vehicle’s running costs. It’s important to budget for car repayments, fuel costs, insurance and toll road costs - amongst other things.

If you’re looking for an economical Toyota in Sydney, consider the Prius Hybrid or Corolla Hybrid.

Who will be in the car with you?

The passengers you’ll be ferrying around often should determine a number of the features you need in a car. If you have a large family, a spacious interior is essential, but if it’s just you, a smaller, sportier model might suit. Those who often drive their kids around may also want additional safety features.

If that’s you, look for a vehicle with the Toyota SafetySense package as standard. The Toyota RAV4, for example, is packed with safety features - and comes with plenty of spaces for long, comfortable family trips.

Should you look at new or used cars for sale?

Deciding whether you want a brand-new car or a Toyota used car is best for you should be one of the first considerations you make. Your budget will usually come into play here, but remember that both new and used vehicles have their merits.

A new Toyota comes with our 5-year warranty, but used vehicles are more affordable and come with the reassurance of our Toyota Certified Pre-owned Vehicle Program.

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