The type of commuter you are will determine what car you should drive

Last updated on February 29th, 2024
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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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Living the rustic life

Investing in a car that is suited for the type of road you drive on can save you a lot of unnecessary expenses. If you spend your time away from the cityscape, then buying a car that will be able to handle the varied terrain with its bumps and rocks will be a worthwhile investment. Choose an off-road car such as the Ford Ranger which is the second most bought vehicle in Australia, boasting 3,260 sales. One thing to keep in mind is whether the fuel efficiency levels with your finances.

The former glory

There were streets that were once glorious to drive on in parts of Australia, but wear and neglect have left the roads in a rather sorry state with potholes that can leave a dent in your soul if you happen to hit it. One way to deal with the not so smooth parts of town is to get a car that will be able to handle roads that have a mixture of sleek and gravel roads. SUV's is another favourable mode of transport that can take the roads by the reigns. The top three SUV's was the Mazda CX5, Toyota Rav4, and the Nissan X-Trail. Your best bet is to always compare quality and value before putting your money on it.

The heavy loader

Practicality is the name of the game. As much as we care about how a car looks, practicality should be the top concern. Buying a car that doesn’t match your budget can make you lose out financially. A large car will be suitable for someone who has a large family that they travel with everyday, or if you carry large equipment to and from your work space. You will have to be realistic about what works best with your budget before going out to get it.

The city slicker

If you are a city slicker who needs a vehicle that can handle the fast pace life, doesn’t guzzle fuel, and is friendly on the pocket in terms of finances then you could consider a sports car. Sports cars have evolved to match the modern middle-class life, with all its style, and prowess. However, be aware that when you shop for a car you check its security features. Look for alarm systems or tracking devices that are not visible to criminals. When it’s time to welcome your new baby home, make sure that you keep it in a locked garage. By doing this you will be able to lower your car insurance premiums.

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