When it comes to buying a car, there is one major question to answer: European or the rest of the world? In the United Kingdom, the majority of vehicles are from Europe, and that can tilt the balance. However, just because they are popular or easy to source doesn’t mean they are the best. To figure out what is the best choice, you have to contemplate the pros and cons. Otherwise, a purchase is a guess, and guesses have a way of biting you on the rear. So, without further ado, please welcome the contenders to the ring.
There is no doubt that European models are the most reliable motors on average. What with Volkswagen and Volvo, there aren’t many manufacturers that can hold a candle to their dependability. Okay, Japan is pretty good, but more European cars hit the mark, so there is a bigger selection. And, even if they do break down, a company like Euro Motor Sport will have it back on the road in no time. When you buy European engineering, you can be pretty certain that reliability won’t be an issue.
Con: High Cost
Because Europe makes better cars, the manufacturers charge higher prices. On average, French, German or Italian cars are among the priciest on the market. Plus, as they are from overseas, the buyer has to deal with tariffs which only increase the value. Although they were minimal, that is due to change thanks to the fallout from Brexit. As a result, trade agreements that already exist will make their cars more affordable. America is the prime example, and that is why a company like Ford has a strong foothold in the market.
Pro: Readymade For Roads
One issue with American cars, however, is the reliance on speed. On their roads, this isn’t a problem because they are big and wide. However, in Britain, the roads are tighter and bend more, and that makes the car’s handling important. Quite simply, a vehicle that doesn’t respond to the twist and turns on the road is going to be harder to drive. Plus, there is the safety aspect of lugging a big vehicle around the towns and cities of the UK. European motors don’t have this problem because the roads on the continent are very similar to here.
As they are smaller and sleeker, they do not offer the same amount of comfort. The same is true of all cars, but on average the European makes are less comfortable. And, it doesn’t necessarily come down to the ride or the suspension. The interior in bigger foreign cars is far superior. For example, the amount of legroom in an American car is larger than its cultured cousins. The same goes for shoulder room. It may not seem significant, yet anyone who doesn’t want leg cramps while driving may find it interesting.
Now that you know the pros and cons, you can come to an informed decision. Hopefully, it will be the right one!