July is almost over for many who were hoping to pick up a new car this summer. There is now a realistic (or should it be unrealistic?) prospect of having to wait until next year.
I know it’s awful to talk like that on this date on the calendar, but that’s the reality of automotive year 2022. And possibly 2023, if some are to believe the delay in new car deliveries.
I’m sure you ordered after carefully checking what you want. I’m just putting myself in your shoes and reviewing the things I absolutely must have on my new car. If it makes you want to add something, that rethink was worth it. All I know is that I couldn’t go a minute without the following.
I don’t just mean checking the physical little things; I’ll say I’ve tried them to see if they work well enough (some don’t: bad voice control on a new car is unthinkable, but I know a few that would put me off buying).
So why not check again? You would never know; You might find something worth doing now and not when it’s too late.
You’ve probably been told that some brands of cars don’t have them. But I like the security of a physical spare tire, whether it’s a full-size or a space-saving option. I’ve seen firsthand what a spare tire can do, and I always say I’d rather get out and replace a flat tire with a skinny one than try to pump goosebumps into a tire. While this would probably be a deal breaker for me, it might not be for others who would call roadside assistance or pump the goo in themselves.
You might as well get wireless induction charging as it will be in every car within a few years. I would have ordered a wireless induction charging slot to charge my phone. It just makes so much sense and avoids the need to drag cables everywhere you go. I would have also insisted on two USB charging points for the rear passengers.
At this point I would change my mind if I had ordered a manual transmission. Automatic transmissions now make up more than 50 percent of transmissions (partially because EVs, hybrids, and plug-ins all have “automatic” transmissions). This is ideal and saves strength and power in built-up areas or bumper traffic.
Anyone who has not thoroughly checked the parking aids – sensors, cameras, radar – does not deserve to ever find a parking space in the local supermarket again. Most of us are poor parkers. Take the pain and anxiety out of the situation and make sure you’ve ordered as much parking assistance as you can find. I feel naked when a car doesn’t have parking sensors. The more technical support I can get, the better.
I’ve had this on my shortlist for years. I find it reassuring that it can give me vital information like speed, limits, temperature and project it in such a way that the stats appear to be floating outside the windshield. This means you never have to take your eyes off the road as the information is right in your field of vision. It’s usually part of a package but doesn’t cost much. Talk to your dealer if you have missed this.
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-talk/key-must-have-items-i-would-order-for-a-new-car-before-its-too-late-41869498.html Essential must have items I would order for a new car before it’s too late