Car-buying has always involved a huge amount of choices and personal values, as well as being led by a person’s needs and financial power.
I would love a McLaren P1, but - there’s no room for child seats in the back, and the entry-level model (!), costs £866,000.
Style, perception of a brand, what you think a car says about you and views on the environment - all of these factors determine what you finally buy.
So, as a technical recruiter, I am most interested in the field of electronics. This has naturally led me to consider if the time is right to make the leap and buy an all-electric car and I have been thinking about the pros and cons of this:
- Are there charging facilities in enough places? think so...
- Are they reliable? All the reports say electric cars have less faults and higher customer-approval ratings than equivalent conventional cars
- Are the running costs cheaper? At 2p a mile – BIG tick
- Do they look ok? Nowadays, yes – I like some of them, absolutely...
- Road tax, congestion charges, favourable parking? Yes, yes, yes...
- Do they fit into a normal lifestyle, are they practical? People who drive them tell me it suits them just fine...
So, am I ready to buy one?
Many electric cars in my budget don’t look great. The car I like costs too much, and even with all of the incentives and tax breaks, I can’t quite justify it yet - they’re not yet cheap enough. I’m no eco-warrior, so the zero emissions aren’t enough to sway me.
So I went for the easy option, and bought a small, reliable diesel. That choice isn’t looking so great at the moment – they’re no longer seen as the efficient and clean choice they were thought to be.
With that in mind, I’m glad I’ve thought this all through as next time I’m on the market for a car I know exactly what I’m looking for. All I need is an electric car that looks great, is cheap to run, easy to look after and costs no more than a small German diesel. Not much to ask!