buying a car that is affordable to own

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buying a car that is affordable to own

When I was looking for a new car, I wanted to take my time and make the best possible decision. I wanted to know what car was going to be the most affordable to maintain, repair and drive every day. I wanted a car that wasn't going to rust out or require repairs often. I basically wanted something that may cost me a little more to buy, but would not cost me much to keep for the next ten years. After spending weeks researching different types of cars, I have learned a lot about the different cars on the market and my blog contains everything that I have learned.

5 Unique Car Features

When it comes to purchasing a vehicle, there are many different car features to consider, from safety features to comfort features. With all of the new technology on the market, it is essential to be aware of some of the unique and smaller features that are coming out on new cars.

Feature #1: Road Condition Indicator

A temperature gauge has been common in vehicles for a couple of decades now. Many vehicles are now using that temperature gauge to provide you with extra information. If the road temperature drops, a new road condition warning light will show up on your dashboard. In most vehicles, this takes the form of a snowflake to let you know that the roads may be icy due to the drop in temperature outside.

Feature #2: Heads-Up Display

Looking down at your dashboard for information or over at the infotainment system ultimately results in you taking your eyes off the road. When you are driving, you want to keep your eyes on the road. You can do that with a heads-up display. With a heads-up display, the important information you need is cast onto the windshield, allowing you to see the information you need right in front of you without taking your eyes off the road.

Feature #3: Extra Storage

With your vehicle, you want to have space to put all of your things. Many newer cars have special slots or cubbies that are designed especially for you to place your phone and ensure that it doesn't slip and slide around the car.

Many vehicles also have hidden storage. Some vehicles now allow you to fold the second row of seats not just down, but into the floor for extra storage space. When buying a car, look at all the storage it includes and find one that gives you all the storage spots you need for the items you carry around frequently.

Feature #4: Blind Spot Monitoring

When you are driving, the thing that puts you the most at risk is blinds spots. Blind spots are areas on your vehicle where you can't see, even if you use your mirrors or turn your head. A blind-spot monitoring system uses cameras to let you know if there is something on the left or right side of your vehicle or right behind you.

This system has a flashing warning light that will appear on your dash to let you know someone or something is in your blind spot. Many of these systems will also release an audible warning if you turn on your turn signal on a side where the system has detected something.

Feature #5: Backseat Reminder

Finally, there is the backseat reminder system. With a backseat reminder system, if your rear door is opened before or after you start your vehicle, or when you put your vehicle in park and turn it off, an alert will go off on your dashboard, either a visual flash or chime, to remind you to check the backseat. This reminder was made to ensure that no child is left in the backseat of a vehicle.

When it comes to purchasing a new car, there are lots of small and unique features to look for in your next car, such as a road condition indicator, heads-up display, extra storage, blind-spot monitoring, and a backseat reminder. Look for features that will help give you a safer and more comfortable driving experience.