When you’re shopping for a new or used vehicle, sometimes it feels impossible to find a car that meets your needs. But other times, you find two cars that seem equal in their merits. One can get great mileage, while the other can have awesome horsepower, while even still the first one has a highly rated safety system, etc. You need to know how to pick between them if you want to avoid buyer’s remorse. 


We wrote this guide to help make comparing cars a breeze. Whether you’re thinking about buying soon, or if it’s just on your radar, come down to Matthews Motors Goldsboro to see our inventory of used vehicles in person. 

Strategies for Car Comparison

Compare Horsepower

You’re going to want to know how much power you’re working with under the hood. The more power a vehicle has, the better its acceleration. Additionally, possessing high horsepower can also indicate powerful torque, which enables you to both accelerate better from a stopped position and tow with ease. However, keep in mind that high horsepower is often a tradeoff for fuel economy. If you’re trying to go farther on each tank, look at a less powerful option. 

Compare Reliability Rankings

According to a recent survey by J.D. Power, 55% of consumers cited reliability as their most important factor when buying a new or used vehicle. The last thing any of us want to do is drop money on a vehicle only to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars more at the mechanic. Luckily, you can find information on any vehicle’s reliability by using the Consumer Reports tool or by consulting J.D. Power’s website.

Compare Safety Systems

Just as in-vehicle entertainment systems have become more advanced, so too have their safety systems. Most vehicles today come stock with a wide array of driver-assistance features, with many of them employing autonomous technology for added security. If you’re choosing between two vehicles that contain these smart safety systems, try and determine which car has the exact features you want. If you’re looking for something a little more low-tech, then you know a vehicle that contains a smart safety system shouldn’t hold additional sway over your decision.

Compare Fuel Economy 

For many consumers, this is perhaps the most important consideration when buying a new vehicle, as a poor fuel economy can lead to an overall higher cost of ownership. Besides just considering each vehicle’s miles per gallon, you should also look to see if either of the vehicles you’re considering have budget-friendly hybrid or electric variations.

Shop at Matthews Motors Goldsboro

Whether you know exactly which car you’re looking for, or you’re stuck between two seemingly perfect-for-you models, our expert sales team is here to help you find the car that fits your needs best. Get in touch with us if you have questions about car shopping or if you see a car you want to test drive in our inventory.