Cars are getting bigger, but what about parking spaces?

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How easy do you find it to get out of your car?

Have you noticed when you go to get out of your vehicle in a car park, it seems harder? You might put it down to bad parking, or your bad back, but actually it is due to the increasing sizes of modern cars. Whilst modern cars are getting bigger, car park spaces are determinedly remaining the same size, giving us less and less room to maneuver ourselves out of our new larger cars. If you have a poorly parked vehicle in the adjoining space, you can really struggle to get out of your vehicle, or indeed back in. If you have mobility issues and need more space, you might find it even harder.

Why are cars getting bigger?

There are many answers to the question – “why are cars getting bigger?” Firstly, many things are getting bigger; we have bigger televisions and bigger houses, and we are statistically bigger than our predecessors. New cars are vastly safer than cars from the 1970s. Modern safety features include crumple zones, crash structures, airbags, and many other safety additions. Crumple zones, for example, have become one of the common safety features, but these crumple zones sometimes require larger cars, in order to have the space to crumple. These changes in design, which are much needed, and have massively increased road safety, have contributed towards the increased size of the average car. We spend more and more time in our cars, they have more technology and more use than they did 50 years, and all of these additions require extra space. We use our cars far more than we did many years ago, with the average miles travelled per year increasing, though interestingly the average number of people in the car has declined over the same time period.

How big is a modern car?

A modern mini is 55% bigger than its 1970s equivalent. A 1970s Range Rover took up 69% of a parking space, which is the same footprint as the Ford Focus of today. Bear in mind that the guidelines for a parking space, state that it must be no smaller than 8 feet wide, by 16 feet long. Businesses or councils can design car parks with bigger spaces, but as there are more and more vehicles on the road, with more and more car park spaces needed, they tend to aim to fit in as many spaces as possible, rather than consider the impact on drivers of bigger cars. This trend leaves drivers of larger cars, such as SUVs, with vehicles that take up nearly 90% of a car park space – a tight squeeze indeed.

Is it time to downsize your car?

As we know that the answer to the question “Are cars getting bigger?” is resoundingly a “yes”, the next question is what to do about it? The additional safety features in modern cars more than compensate for the increase in size, however, now might be a good time to consider downsizing your car. Bigger cars have many disadvantages. They tend to have worse fuel economy, they are harder to park in public car parks, and are far harder for parking on the street. Small cars are efficient, easy to maneuver, and fun to drive. You may have always had larger cars, but do you actually need one? A small car is an excellent choice in city environments, where bigger cars can be cumbersome and hard work. Consider what car size suits your lifestyle. While it is nice to have cargo space, how often do you really need it? Most cars have clever storage solutions and you may be pleasantly surprised by how roomy a small car can be. Larger cars are not inherently safer, as car makers have extensively researched how to include top-specification safety features in smaller models of cars. So, if you are fed up with struggling in and out of your car when parked, why not make your life easier and downsize your car today?

Why sell your car rather than part-exchange?

If you have decided that downsizing from a Range Rover to a Ford Fiesta would make your life easier then you have come to the right place. At Sell Your Car 2 Jack, we are here to take the hassle out of changing your car. Selling cars privately can be time-consuming and unsuccessful, and part-exchanging doesn’t necessarily give you the best deal. We will simply buy your vehicle for cash, leaving you in a great negotiating position for buying your new model.

Why come to Sell Your Car 2 Jack?

We know that you are busy and that upgrading or downsizing your vehicle can be time-consuming. With us, it is simple. All you need to do is book an appointment for one of our professional team to come and assess your vehicle. We make you an offer based on the current market value of your vehicle, and once you accept then the money will be in your pocket in no time, with no admin fees – simple and straightforward. Take the hassle out of selling your vehicle with us. Don’t just take our word for it, but see what other customers say, on Trust Pilot and our reviews page.

Downsize your car today

If you are struggling with the fact that cars are getting bigger then change your vehicle today. Car makers have some fantastic smaller vehicles, with incredible designs, the latest safety features, and brilliant performance to give you a great ride. Don’t assume that bigger is better, when we all know that the best things come in small packages...If you are ready to change your car size today, we are here to help you make the change. Simply book your appointment with the experienced team at Sell Your Car 2 Jack today, and get ready to enjoy your small car tomorrow. Our friendly team are ready to buy your car for cash today with no admin fees, simply call us on 0121 296 3829