Buying A Small Car – Top Tips

If you are buying a small car there is one thing that you will not be short of – choice. But how do you make sure you make the right choice? One key thing that everyone considers is design – do you like the style of the car. But what are the other things that you should look out for when you are buying a small car? Here are some things you should consider:


Just because cars are small it does not mean they are not practical. In fact great efforts have been made over the years to make small cars fit better into the day-to-day lives of their owners. So, when you are looking at small cars, don’t settle for cramped interiors or pitiful boots, as you can get much more for your money.

One thing you will need to think about is whether you get a three door or five door option. The answer to this depends on how often you have passengers in the back seat. This is particularly important if you have a family as it is easier to strap a child into the back seat of a five door car than it is a three door car.


You can also get similar features in a small car that you can get in larger models. These features make your driving experience more enjoyable, but they also help with the resale value of your car. Some of the features that are available from BMW in its 1 Series include rear view cameras, parking assistance, and satellite navigation.

Premium vs Standard

When you are looking at small cars, don’t limit your search to the standard brands, even if you are on a budget. The BMW 1 Series, for example, is more affordable than you think. With a premium car like the 1 Series you get the added benefits of driving a prestigious car as well as the many added features and extras. Plus premium cars hold their value better than standard brands.

Running Costs

Running costs are another important factor that you should consider. In general, the running costs of small cars are low. When thinking about this make sure you factor in your insurance costs as well as your fuel and maintenance bills.

Engine Size

You should also think about engine size and whether you need a petrol or diesel engine. Diesel engines are more economical, but only if you do a lot of miles.

Be careful of small engines though. They might be cheap but they will struggle on faster roads, particularly if you have passengers in the car.

You don’t have to get a small engine when buying a small car, though. In fact small cars should be fun to drive so make sure you have enough poke in the engine to put a smile on your face, whether you are on the dual carriageway heading to Dublin for the weekend, on the winding roads close to the coast, or in town on your morning commute to work.

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