Holiday ideas for buying a vehicle as a gift
With Christmas right around the corner, you may be thinking of buying a vehicle as a gift, whether for a partner, family member, or friend.
When choosing a vehicle for another person, it’s important to consider their basic requirements: what would they be looking to get our a car or van? This is an important distinction to make, especially as their requirements may look somewhat different, or entirely separate to your own. For instance, if buying a vehicle for someone who has children or pets, a larger vehicle may be advised, whereas perhaps two-door vehicles could be considered for those without children or pets.
This article will discuss holiday ideas for buying a vehicle as a gift, specifically touching on how to choose the best vehicle as a present to another.
Is this their first vehicle?
If you’re considering buying someone a vehicle, your choice may vary depending on whether or not this is their first vehicle. For example, an in-experienced first-time driver typically has cars with lower engine power – they’re safer and often cheaper to run.
As a first vehicle, you can’t get much better than a standard five-door that gets decent miles to the gallon. Also, buying a vehicle with too big an engine will increase insurance costs, so it’s worth taking this into account. The same applies to the overall value of the vehicle, so avoid two-door sportscars, at least for now…
What do they use their current vehicle for?
If the person your buying for currently has a vehicle, it’s worth taking into consideration what they use their current vehicle for. Perhaps their current car or van is a little on the old side, occasionally not starting, malfunctioning, or just in need of an upgrade. (Perhaps an upgrade or replacement of their current vehicle is the best and most suitable option?)
Take their current requirements, whether that’s a five-door car for the family, a big boot for their dogs, or a vehicle that excels off-road if they live in the countryside. As you can see, requirements vary massively, but can make or break the decision.
Maybe ask them what vehicles they like?
If you’re keeping it a complete surprise, maybe refrain from asking this question. Alternatively, subtly ask for clues as to what vehicles they like, perhaps in general passing or conversation. You can also ask them straight-up if you’re not too worried about it being a surprise.
There’s no better way than picking a vehicle for someone else than asking them, it’s that simple. Perhaps they already have an idea in mind, are considering buying themselves one already, or have one vehicle they really don’t want… best to avoid, for whatever reason.
Buying a vehicle as a holiday gift is a gift like no other: it’s practical, thoughtful, and something we all need to get from A to B. To say it will get its monies worth is an understatement. However, when choosing a vehicle for another, it’s important to consider their needs and requirements; as previously discussed.