How to Choose Your Next Crossover

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How to Choose Your Next Crossover

If you already own a crossover, the chances are very good that when it comes time to replace it, the first requirement will be that your new vehicle is also a crossover. Crossovers provide the utility that a family needs in a vehicle that is affordable to own and drive. Buying a new car is an important decision and not one that should be taken lightly. Most people own and use their cars for several years, so it is worth the time to do some research before making a purchase.

That means knowing enough about the available crossovers to be able to judge the features of one against the features of another and also knowing enough about your own needs to be able to rank the importance of those features appropriately. There is no point in buying a top-rated crossover, only to realise that it lacks the one feature that your family needs most. As with any important decision, taking the time to do it right always pays off in the end.

Crossovers are becoming more common and are available in various makes and models at different dealerships. They can be purchased either new or used. eBay also offers a nice selection of crossover vehicles at very competitive prices.

What is a Crossover?

Perhaps the simplest description of a crossover is that it is the mirror image of a sport utility vehicle (SUV). An SUV starts with the chassis of a light truck, often features four-wheel-drive, and adds various features to better serve the family passenger market. In many ways, the basic idea is that of an estate wagon on top of a pickup truck.

A crossover attempts to serve the same market, but it starts with a car chassis. It often retains the higher centre of gravity and four-wheel drive characteristics of an SUV, but it keeps the platform and suspension of a passenger car rather than a truck. This offers a number of benefits, including better handling and improved fuel economy in comparison to larger SUVs. The smaller size makes it much easier to park, and this can be important for those who travel into the city often. They are also generally less expensive, both to purchase and to operate, than SUVs.

Identify Your Needs and Resources

The first step in choosing your next crossover is determining your needs and the resources you have to meet those needs. It is always advisable to start by determining your available resources since there is no point spending time and effort researching a particular model of crossover unless it is on your list of potential purchases. Once you know the resources you have to work with, you can then set your budget and start looking for the right crossover.

Pay Attention to the Features

Every crossover has many of the same features because they all have to perform essentially the same functions. Where they differ is in the implementation of those features, as each manufacturer has its own set of priorities. The trick for the prospective purchaser is to determine which arrangement of features is the best fit for the way he or she intends to use a new crossover.

Passenger Capacity, Seating, and Interior Room

One thing that is very important for any crossover is the interior room. Crossovers are designed primarily to carry several people, which is why passenger capacity is one of the most important features for any buyer. After all, a crossover that cannot carry everyone in the family at the same time is not a good match.

There are two main areas of concern when it comes to interior space. The first is the number of people who can be seated in the vehicle, and the second is the amount of space that is available for each person. While these two factors are related, it is important to note that they are not the same. Just because a vehicle scores well on one, does not mean that the same vehicle scores well on the other. One crossover may have more seats than another, but then it may have less space around each seat. Such a model may be very good for a family with several small children, but it may not be as comfortable for a family with several older children.

In addition to carrying passengers, crossovers are also often used for carrying everything from groceries to sports equipment and luggage. Whatever the cargo, it is usually carried in a back compartment that is quite a bit smaller than the compartment in a standard SUV, so that may be another consideration for some buyers.

Fuel Economy and Performance

Another trade-off occurs between fuel economy and performance. As a general rule, the higher the overall engine performance, the lower the fuel economy. There are limited exceptions because some engines are more efficient than others, but even those engines tend to trade some fuel economy for performance. A litre of petrol only has so much energy, and the more energy a vehicle needs, the more petrol it has to burn.

While most buyers simply want as much of both as they can get, some buyers may find it necessary to prioritise one factor over the other. For most people, the clear choice is fuel economy since that ties directly into the overall cost of running a vehicle on a daily basis. Petrol is expensive, and the less you use, the easier it is on your budget.

However, every driver also has performance requirements, and while many are standard so that any crossover can meet them, others have stringent performance requirements. People who often drive with full loads at high speeds on the motorway or who live in extremely hilly districts find that the extra power comes in handy.

New vs. Used Crossovers

One of the classic questions when buying a vehicle is whether to buy a brand new vehicle or a used one. There are benefits to each approach. The important thing is to determine which benefits matter most to you, so that you can make an informed purchasing decision. Perhaps the biggest benefit of buying a brand new crossover is that of expectations. Everything can be expected to work well, and there are rarely any surprises. The drawback to buying a new crossover is the higher price. New vehicles are expensive, no matter what types of vehicles are purchased. They do come with full warranties and almost zero miles. Buying new is the best way to manage your expectations since you know exactly what you are getting.

Buying a used crossover can save you a lot of money and be very rewarding. The first advantage that leaps out at any buyer is the reduced price. Used crossovers cost much less than new ones, and that savings allows you to either extend your budget to a better crossover or buy the one you want for a lower cost. The main issue with buying used is that there is a much greater variation between vehicles. Every used vehicle has its own unique history, and its condition reflects that. This is why it is so important for buyers of used crossovers to research specific models. No two used crossovers are in exactly the same condition, and the exact condition helps determine the price.

Buying Your Next Crossover on eBay

eBay is a great place to buy your next crossover. The site offers a wide variety of both new and used models, along with an array of tools to make finding the perfect vehicle both quick and easy. All you have to do is put your requirements into the search box and watch the results fill your screen. After you have your initial round of results, you can use the filters to narrow the listings down to the items that interest you. You can filter by everything from price to make and even seller location. You can focus on new or used crossovers, depending on your preferences. eBay also offers a sort function that enables you to place the listings in different orders so that the vehicles you want to see first are at the top of the screen.

After you know which crossovers you are interested in buying, the next step is to determine which eBay seller appeals to you. The best place to check sellers out is their eBay profile pages, where you can see everything from their feedback rating to their location, the latter of which can be particularly helpful when arranging to pick up your new crossover.

Conclusion

Buying your next crossover is like any automotive purchase, it takes some time and research to be sure you are getting the right crossover for your needs. The first thing to do is set a budget. That way you know from the beginning what kind of crossover you can afford. Once you have your budget set, identify your specific wants and needs. The crossover has to provide comfortable seating for the expected number of passengers and enough cargo space for whatever you normally carry. Fuel economy and performance also matter. Some drivers want to eke out as much mileage as they can from every drop of petrol, while others are more interested in being able to pass other cars easily on the motorway, even when they have a full load.

Buyers should also consider whether to look for new or used crossovers, according to their budgets and needs. After that, it is all a matter of research that involves understanding your needs and how the features of any given crossover meet those needs. Once you know that, the choice becomes simple, and the buying process is much less complicated.

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