The appeal of the large scale trucks or hybrid, spacious SUVs isn't hard to see. Lots of leg room, plenty of space for the kids and even a back hatch that houses the family pet.
But packing the family into the Suburban or Escalade often carries with it more than just heated seats, backing cameras and flat screen TVs built into the seats. Above and beyond the perks and extras with these vehicles are enormous repair amounts and yearly maintenance that often isn't considered wholeheartedly when you're about to make that purchase.
No one is going to argue that hitting the open road in an oversized car or truck makes the road traveled less cramped, but this means of transportation isn't just a fixed monthly car payment. Far too many consumers start budgeting with that lone number in the front of their mind. Sure, you can afford $300 or $400 per month, but have you factored in the extra cost associated with oil changes, tires and annual upkeep that is more expensive than smaller cars or vehicles.
Think about spending $200 per tire for example on that truck or SUV, when perhaps that amount on a car could pay for all four wheels. These types of variables might be the proverbial red flag you need to start thinking small to save big.
Even before you start hitting the car lots, you have to ask yourself if a truck or SUV is more about posturing and less about practicality. Cars are the ultimate impulse buy, especially if you have always thought about having a pickup or an SUV that could lead to plenty of ski trips, getaways or vacations that making stuffing your suitcase into a small trunk a moot point.
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