Cars will almost always come in a selection of trim levels, which are often referred to as separate models. Choosing the right one can be difficult, so just follow this guide to get a clear idea of how to proceed.

Write down what's important to you

What with the vast array of different features which can be found in modern cars, it's often easy to become confused about what you want, or to simply start ticking boxes without considering whether you really need a certain device.

Keep calm, and make a list. Consider what you use your vehicle for, and what is most important to you. For example, if you're a long-distance commuter who cares about comfort, you might want a vehicle with cruise control and more supportive seats. If efficiency is at the top of your list, it might be worth considering spending a little more for a model with continuously variable transmission or stop/start technology.  

Check out options and packages

The car you drive home won't just depend on the trim level you choose. You'll also be able to add certain optional equipment or packages. This might allow you to add desired features to a base-level model for a lower cost than an upgrade to the next trim, so it's a great way for people with specific needs to save money.

However, some options may only be available on higher trim levels, or the added cost of one option might only be slightly less than that of a higher trim level, which will also boast other features which are less important, but still nice to have. Make sure you understand which options come with which models, and make notes to keep track of the relative costs.

Ask for a test drive

Most dealerships will be only too happy to let a driver asking about various trim levels take several models out for a spin, since these drivers are perceived as more serious about buying or leasing.

If you aren't sure it a certain option is going to be worth the money, ask to take one or two models out for a spin. Those leather seats you weren't too keen on might actually prove to drastically improve your drive. Definitely take this step if you're considering something which actually affects the way the vehicle handles such as all-wheel drive or transmission type.  

Consider Resale Value

There's no need to load your vehicle down with the latest technology just to improve resale value, but it's something you might want to consider. Don't think about improving the resale value as much as about ensuring it doesn't drop. High-tech features are unlikely to make much of a difference, but the lack of expected options such as air conditioning and power windows will not endear people to buy the vehicle.

Remember, you'll probably be driving this car for at least a few years, so it's worth taking the time to consider exactly what you want from it. For more tips, consult companies like Blue Ribbon Motors.