buying a toyota logo imageYou’ve decided it’s time to buy a new or used car. Maybe the wheels you’ve trusted for years are reaching retirement age, or changes in lifestyle just make it the right time to make a move to a different vehicle. No matter why you’re in the market for a different vehicle, before you shop, you need to answer one question: What car is right for me?

Reasons to Buy a Toyota

When choosing a car, truck, or SUV, consider opting for a Toyota. The manufacturer is known for high quality vehicles that fit a variety of budget and driving needs and hold up with phenomenal resale value. Whether you buy new or used, if you choose Toyota, you’re more likely to see less depreciation and come out above water if you decide to sell. Toyota is also a safe manufacturer – in the 2016 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards, Toyota came out on top with awards to 9 vehicles.

Budgeting: What Car is Right for Me?

A manufacturer preference only narrows the options down some — especially if you have a preference for Toyota, which offers sports coupes, sedans, minivans, trucks, crossovers, hybrids, and more. The next step for most people when choosing a car is considering budget. You can use various online calculators to estimate interest rates and terms to calculate how much total car you can buy based on how much you want to pay each month. That gives you a ballpark idea about what type of Toyota you might be able to purchase – though you should always check with a dealer about pricing and financing. You might be surprised at what kind of deal you can get or how much purchasing power you actually have.

On the economical end of the Toyota line, you’ll find cars such as the Yaris, Corolla, and Camry. The Rav4, Tacoma, and Prius also all start on the lower end. Higher budgets net you a bit more luxury – though any Toyota is a comfortable ride. At the higher end of the manufacturer’s line, you’ll find options such as the Avalon, Tundra, Land Cruiser, and 4Runner.

Buying a Car: Size Matters

Money isn’t the only thing you should consider when answering the question, “What car is right for me?” Size matters, especially if you have a regular reason to drive multiple people around. If you are looking for a quick zipper for around town commutes and errands, the Rav4, Prius, Yaris, and Corolla are all great options. For large families or someone with a regular social crew in tow, options include the Highlander, 4Runner, and Sequoia, which seats 5 to 7 people.

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Consider Amenities and Capability

How you plan to use a vehicle is a big consideration when choosing a car. If you’ll be hauling items or towing heavy loads, opt for a truck or the 4Runner, which is an SUV with a truck base. For long-term savings on fuel costs and an environmentally friendly ride, choose a Prius or one of Toyota’s many hybrid vehicles. Couple functionality and capability with reduced fuel requirements with the Highlander Hybrid.

Toyota offers an impressive line of vehicles, from economy cars to workhorse trucks. When buying your next car, take time to understand all the options and test drive several cars before choosing one that is right for your budget, space needs, and lifestyle.