OWNING A CAR IN GHANA – 2

In this release, we will try to complete the decision-making process on the brand of car to buy. If you missed the all-essential earlier introduction, click here to find out more.

For easy understanding, I shall list the few areas in bullets and explain them as much as possible.

Honda civic 2012 EX-L chassis with engine
Mercedes benz C 63 AMG chassis with engine
Mercedes benz C 63 AMG chassis with engine

1. YOUR PERSONAL PRESUMED USE FOR THE CAR: What you are expecting to use a car for, should be one of the first things on your mind when deciding on the brand of car to buy. This is important because it helps to decide on what qualities in a car would be beneficial and would fit your realistic use. Different cars made by different companies offer different features. Some cars are known for their chassis strength, others offer awesome vehicle-user relationship, some dwell on their flamboyant exterior looks whiles others offer the best of interior comfort. Your personal use will determine to which angle you should shift. To state with examples, MAN A, who stays at the city center and uses a Class A road to and fro for all his daily routines would have no issues with buying a car known to have a relatively weaker chassis (the base frame upon which an automobile is built). This is because he needs not worry about hitting and dodging bumps and potholes. This same person would rather till towards interior and exterior flamboyance. On the other hand, WOMAN B, who has a part time animal farm, and wants to use her saloon vehicle to blend family life with carriage of his basic farm requisites would shift more towards a car with strength in chassis over user friendliness and flamboyance. This notwithstanding, there are some people who cannot compromise on their preference. That should be a guide. To reiterate, always do well to watch YouTube reviews and comparisons or company sites for car specifications.

2. YOUR BUDGET: Isn’t this as simple? Amongst all the things you can consider, your purchasing power sits high on the list. Your budget might not get you every car on the market but it does the greater good of sieving out and streamlining the possible number of available cars to focus on. In later releases we would take a look at how some other factors may impact your budget as well.

3. REPLACEMENT PARTS: Machines are machines and they are subject to usual wear, tear and unexpected damage. While you think of the price of the sum of the individual parts, try to consider the price, availability and quality of replacement parts. This may depend on the relative availability of the car itself on the market and on our roads as well as how often the production company makes revisions on the particular models involved. In general, car models are usually made in groups with minor tweaks made over a specified limited number of years. For example, the interior make-up as well as engine model of the Honda civic models 2012-2015 remain relatively the same. They share the VTEC/i-VTEC engine unit amongst them as well as the dual dashboard digital displays. However, on the exterior, the shape, mold and placement of tail lights defer amongst the same year groups mentioned.

4. RESALE VALUE: Are we all not subject to Sir Lionel Robins’ assertion that human wants are insatiable? Drive your dream car for 6 months and you would for some reason see another vehicle and feel you have to be in that. In Ghana, most people resort to selling their cars, so they top up for an upgrade on the one they use. That is when the resale value of your car matters. Always consider how much value the market places on that particular brand of car just in case you may want to sell it at a point in time. It is good to state a lot of this would in any case would depend on your car care routines and the state of the car at the time of resale.

5. FUEL CONSUMPTION RATE: Since we haven’t gotten to the point of talking about electricity powered vehicles, it is worthy to note that your car would run mainly on fuel – diesel, petrol or gas. One thing most people fail to factor in their considerations is the cars fuel consumption. A number of factors affect a cars fuel consumption. Some of which include but are not limited to, distance travelled between stops, weight to be carried by the vehicle, road on which the travel is made, prevailing weather conditions, dirt accumulation at the base of the vehicle, how old and strength of the engine. All the above are modifiable factors to some extent. The only objective assessment of a cars fuel consumption rate is the size of the engine. This is marked in liters (l). Engines usually come in sizes of 1l, 1.2l, 1.4l, 1.5l, 1.8l, 2.4l 3.5l etc. The bigger the engine size, the higher the fuel consumption rate. If there be anything much to spend on a car, it would be fuel. Please do well not to forget this in your consideration.

Following the few things stated above will go a long way in helping decide on the car brand, class and year model to go in for. 

Let’s meet in the next release to start the discussion on the process and challenges of buying the car you have decided on the Ghanaian way. 

Thank You for Reading. 

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