The car manufacturer you choose for your next lease vehicle is one of the most important decisions to make. The manufacturer you choose affects the cost of maintenance, the repair work potentially required and the overall look and feel of the car itself, of course.

Many of us are loyal to a certain manufacturer, whether you love Fords for their simplicity or Volkswagen for reliability, this will always come into play when making your decision. However, here are the five things you should really be considering when choosing which manufacturer to opt for:

Are parts expensive?

When it comes to the cost of repairing and maintaining a vehicle, has worked out that BMW is the manufacturer with the most costly parts, while Toyota is the cheapest. Ask the right questions while browsing potential vehicles, compare estimates for key maintenance issues on each and go from there.

Are the vehicles reliable?

There are common faults across certain manufacturers and it’s a good idea to look into these before selecting your vehicle. Check out the forum boards online, to see what people are searching for and discussing when it comes to faults.

Are they cost effective when it comes to fuel?

Of course, the engine size helps determine this but certain makes and models are notoriously bad or good across the market when it comes to fuel consumption and getting the most for your money.

What is the insurance like?

It’s safe to say, no matter your age, Mercedes, BMWs and Audis are always going to cost more to insure than Renaults, Citroens and tiny Fiat 500s. Some cars are well known for being involved in accidents on the road and therefore cost more to insure. Consider this before deciding on a manufacturer for your lease vehicle.

What features does the manufacturer offer as standard?

Some car manufacturers will throw in leather seats and a sat nav, while others require you to cough up more money for these fun features. It’s a good idea to weed out the manufacturers you know don’t offer those little perks to ensure you aren’t wasting any time while conducting your search.

Do your research before settling on a vehicle to drive away in, ensure you can cover the costs that come with maintenance and choose your perfect manufacturer! We have a huge range of makes and models here on the Lease Car website, ready to check out and choose today. Click here to take a look!