The variety of technologies that come with modern cars these days is undeniable. Back in the day, a radio, heater, and air conditioning unit was considered the full package. Later, power windows and locking became more ubiquitous, although manual window control was still prevalent in more stripped down options.
Nowadays, there is a remote to control the dashboard if you want to change a song (or god forbid, a movie) while you are driving. To adjust your side view mirrors, there is a special joystick control that, while they can be quite intuitive, is another example of just how far we have come with electronically controlling seemingly everything within arm’s reach.
We practically have the real life equivalent of Inspector Gadget’s famous Gadgetmobile at our disposal. The question remains though, what matters to you?
Narrowing Down the Basics
Let’s start with the basics when you are first buying the car. Say you want to get a new van for your family when you need to go on vacation. You go to the car dealership after first sorting out Vansdirect finance deals for your price range. Your logical next step might be to narrow down what model you are most interested in after some test drives and finding out more information to help you better make your decision. Finally, you’ve set out all the basic options of size, color, how it handles, transmission type, etc.
But there is just one decision left: what features do you want to throw in?
Comfort and Safety
It comes down the question of what is really necessary for most consumers, and what you specifically want based on your tastes. For many, style, being able to relax, and security are of highest concern. Say, for instance, that you value cars that stop on a dime because you have small kids around you all the time in your family. The latest in some lines from luxury cars makers have auto-braking properties that can save you from rear end crashes of cars that stop suddenly in front of you, or from kids that dart across the street unexpectedly.
These kinds of advanced front crash prevention sensors are literally lifesavers. Similarly, a rear camera that initiates when the car is in reverse can help with parallel parking, backing into a spot, or an unexpected animal or person that moves in your path. Safety first!
For those who like traveling in comfort, there are certain amenities that might seem like mere add-ons, but once you get used to it, you might never be able to live without it. If you live in a cold climate, seat warmers can change the entire complexion of a car ride. It’s already a good idea for the engine to warm it up a little bit before driving, so why not make the car toasty for yourself too?
Regardless of your priorities, there are definitely options for almost every line of car that will suit your needs. Weigh the pros and cons, and figure out what is right for you!