Choosing your next car can be one of the most daunting tasks you can have. There are so many things to take into consideration, when buying a car, which makes selecting the right car a process that can take several weeks or longer.

For example, you may want a sports car, but your significant other may want a safer, family car. You may want a car with a certain color, but the dealer may not have it in stock or you have to convince your partner why are you choosing a red one and not an elegant grey or black one.

There are also many engine options and other technical details (transmission type, car size and so on). You have to think, do I really need a large, 4X4 vehicle, if you only use the car to go to work across the city every day. You would consider the allocated budget for the next car (and in this total figure you should also include other ownership costs, such as the prices for fueling, insurance, spare parts and so on). One thing is for sure, choosing a car is not as simple today as it was 20 or 30 years ago, when the list of available cars and options was a lot smaller.

There are several car classes, and each of these car types has several sub-classes and each has many car models to choose from. First, there is the small car segment, and you should choose a car from this type if you travel alone most of the times and without any luggage. Choosing a car from this segment will also offer you money economy, as such a car does not consume a lot of fuel, it?s cheaper to insure.

If you have a family, then you should choose a bigger car, one large enough to fit your entire family with the luggage. But also be sure to select the right car for you, so you do not end up paying more on the car than you require.

The car options are also very important. Most people pay little attention the these extras, but they can be very important, especially those regarding the passenger?s safety, Most cars today come with frontal airbags, but you should also spend some extra money on multiple airbags, such as side airbags, curtain and, if present, airbags for the driver?s knees. The curtain airbags, for example, are designed and built to protect the side of one’s head in a side impact or a roll-over situation.

Then there is the choice of engine and there are two main options: diesel of Gas. Mechanically speaking, a diesel engine is simpler than a Gas engine and it also eats less fuel. If you drive mostly on highways and motorways, you should buy a larger engine. If you, on the other hand, only use your car across the city, a 4 cylinder engine car will be perfectly suitable for you.

Choosing a car is about the comfort and safety of your passengers, most especially your children and that is why other aspects are as important as choosing the car?s manufacturer and color. You also have to consider your financing options, as a car is a medium term investment and its total price (the car?s cost and other ownership costs) is not quite as low as you might think.