Choosing your Vehicle

BUYER’S GUIDE

Buying a car is a big decision 

That's why we've put this guide together. Keep its advice in mind so you can make your choice with confidence. We've split the guide into four easy to read sections.   

Think about space and distance

Having the right number of seats makes all the difference. So if you have a dog, play golf or use your car for holidays, consider a 4 or 5-door model. And don’t forget: fold down seats, a tailgate and handy storage make things more convenient.

 

It also worth considering how far you drive. If you’re a townie driving a few miles each day, you probably need a smaller car with parking sensors, for tight spaces. And if you drive a lot, you’ll probably want 6-speed transmission and sports seats for added comfort.

Safety

Vauxhall cars put your safety first. Active features include anti-lock brakes and electronic stability systems, to help you avoid an accident. Passive features include crumple zones, seat belt pre-tensioners and airbags to protect you in the event of a crash.

 

While we’ve done most of the thinking for you, there are a few things you should think about. For instance, if you have a young child, you’ll need to be able to de-activate the passenger airbag, so you can fix a rear-facing child seat in the front.

Extras

Whichever Vauxhall you choose, you’ll find the standard model has plenty to offer. But if you want additional features, please refer to the brochures or use our vehicle Build & Price tool.

 

It’s also worth bearing in mind that models with higher levels of trim and more features as standard offer good value for money and can be easier to re-sell. And if you decide to handpick your accessories, remember to take your time, consult your retailer and allow time for the accessories to be fitted.

Engines and Environment

Choosing between a diesel, petrol or electric car can be tricky, but here are our key tips to help you. Diesel and petrol engines have been refined over the years and their respective fuel prices are now quite similar. Servicing costs for each engine are also similar, especially with our range of fixed-price services. Electric technology is relatively new with more people opting for this. They are more expensive to buy but have lower maintenance and running costs. 

Diesel

Better for longer journeys / motorway driving
More torque than a petrol engine
Produce less CO 2 and normally better fuel economy than a petrol engine

Petrol

Better for shorter journeys / town and city driving
Less maintenance than diesel engines
Are cheaper to buy than diesel engines

Electric

There are different types of electric cars (find out more here), but generally they:
Have lower servicing and maintenance costs
Are cheaper than both petrol and diesel to run
Can suit people's daily and longer journeys