As an adult living in a large city like Vancouver, you will probably have to rely on a car to get you wherever you need to go. The type of car you own typically reflects the stage you’re at in life. For example, you rarely see a person in their 20s riding in a mini-van unless they already have a family. Similarly, it is rare to see an elderly person in an older model car, as seniors typically have the disposable income to buy or lease a newer car for themselves. If you are in the market for a new or used car, there are some vehicles that are better suited to your stage in life than others. Take a look at the examples of cars that are ideally suited to each stage of a driver’s adult life.
Types of Car For 4 Stages of Your Life
Plenty of Canadian teenagers and students get their first car as soon as they are able to legally drive. At this point in life, most students and teens will want a car that is reliable and relatively inexpensive. This car is definitely not going to be your ‘forever car’, but the idea is to get something that can still take a few miles before requiring serious maintenance or repairs. A small car with four doors is often the choice for teens and young adults, such as a Mazda 3, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Veloster or a Honda Fit. These cars have room for passengers, as well as some car-sharing like car2go, making them ideal for road trips with friends! In addition to their convenience and economy, these cars are among the safest on the road, making them ideal for new drivers.
Lower Income Earner
After working for a few years and earning a living on your own, you may find it is time to upgrade your vehicle situation. While your options may be somewhat limited due to the level of income you currently earn, there are lots of affordable vehicle options that can reflect your personal style while remaining fuel-efficient and practical for your lifestyle. Some of the following car options come with a few more bells and whistles that can be added on to enhance your driving experience. At this point in your life, you might consider something like a Honda Civic, VW Golf, or even a Mini Cooper S.
2. Single Adult, Comfortable Living
As you move into your thirties your tastes and interests may start to change. You may have started a more permanent job which is earning you a comfortable living. Although you live alone, there are likely some long term relationships in your life that will influence your vehicle decision. An upgrade in vehicle size, comfort and style will likely be high on your list of priorities, as your weekend may start to fill up with larger social gatherings such as weddings, birthdays and weekend trips with friends and/or family. A well-rounded SUV like a Jeep Cherokee, Mazda MX-5 or a VW Tiguan can be the perfect option at this stage in life.
After starting a family, you will probably find that the car you used to drive around in when you were in your 20s and 30s just isn’t cutting it anymore. With children and their car seats especially, it is always best to have plenty of space in a car. This makes it a lot easier to get around with a car full of passengers, and larger vehicles for these purposes typically have enhanced safety features. You can’t go wrong with a quality SUV or mini-van at this stage in life, such as the Dodge Caravan, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, or a practical station wagon such as the Subaru Outback.
4. Senior Drivers
As the chicks fly from the nest, and you start diving less and less, downsizing your vehicle can make plenty of practical sense. In terms of fuel economy and safety, there are plenty of great options for senior drivers who can afford to spend a little extra on their cars. Since this will be one of the last cars you may ever buy, don’t be afraid to spend a little more to get exactly what you want in a vehicle. Just because you are driving less, doesn’t mean driving has to be less fun! Some great, fuel-efficient cars that have some luxury and performance to offer include the Mercedes E250, Tesla Model S and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Hopefully you’ve gained a bit of insight into the type of vehicle that is ideal for your station in life. No matter what kind of car you end up with, be sure to give the friendly team at Spotlite Collision a call if you ever are in need of autobody repairs or maintenance.