An accident doesn’t have to be your fault. All it takes is one rash youngster trying to impress his friends, a drunk driver or even an innocent motorist who instinctively swerved to avoid a crater on the road, but didn’t see a car in the lane next to him. You can expect your car to do 0-60 in 7 seconds, you can expect it deliver 15 kilometers to the litre, but accidents are something you can never see coming and don’t come with an ARAI certification.
If you plan to have your family or friends along often make sure you take them along to see how the car handles when packed. This is how you can know how hard or soft your suspension is, if the car struggles or strives when put under a heavy pay-load and if the car rides high enough. It’s not a deal breaker, but can save you a lot of grief. The sound of your bumper giving a high-five to a speed bump is quite heartbreaking.