When it comes to buying a car, there is an age old argument that many clothes shoppers will be familiar with: form over function. This is the argument of style over substance, that by sacrificing practicality you can gain aesthetics. Yet when it comes to something as important as a car, is it so much to ask for both?
We all have dream cars we are not going to afford any time soon, but those who set themselves a reasonable budget can be impressed by what they find. Here’s a look at how you can follow the mantra of many a fashionista and drive stylishly ... and on a budget!
The first thing you need to do is lose the illusion that new cars are better. New cars cost more, don't always deliver what they promise and most importantly depreciate quickly.
Older models – even a year or two old – offer a much cheaper car while retaining all the features you love. Some models and ranges are known for quality, so why buy a new version when there are great used Mercedes cars available for a fraction of the cost?
These will look, drive and feel like a Mercedes because that's exactly what they are. Fashionable shoppers know all about powerful branding and auto manufacturers have a legacy for exactly the same reason: high quality sells.
Furthermore, you should think of the on-going care your vehicle may need. There's no point investing in a car if you're not willing to keep its standards up – letting the car deteriorate will influence the handling and just as easily damage the style and fashion you loved in the first place.
Second hand cars have been available longer so there's a larger market for parts and replacements. This makes everything cheaper and easier to get hold of, which is good news for many fashionable drivers and their bank accounts. When it comes to routing servicing, Mercedes will cover the first three months of 3,000 miles to give you an even bigger bonus. If only shops did the same when it came to their standard 28 day returns policy!
In summary, it's a simple argument. If you want style and substance in your vehicle then it is possible. Have a look at some used cars available and you're sure to find the perfect option without having to pay over the odds for it.
This is a featured guest post in association with Mercedes.