A car is a very personal space. We commute to work in them, run errands and head out on road trips in them. Thus, no matter how careful you are, the insides do tend to get dusty and need to be cleaned at regular intervals. This is true for new as well as used cars. A vacuum cleaner, in such instances, is a far desirable, than, say, a trip down to the car cleaner in the neighbourhood. Not only is the former a cheaper option, but it is a lot more convenient as well.
Here’s a quick list of things to consider while buying a car vacuum cleaner:
Size: This is one situation where size typically matters. It is, more often than not, directly proportional to the suction capacity of the cleaner. So get the one that’s adequately sized for your needs. And make sure it is portable, else it runs the risk of sitting on the shelf at home, and not being available when you need it the most.
Motor: The motor is the heart of the vacuum cleaner. Higher the wattage, better is the suction capacity, and thus, higher is its efficiency in sucking out dirt from various parts of the car.
Power Type: One of the things to consider while buying a car vacuum cleaner is whether you should get a cordless model or the one that plugs into the 12V socket. Each has its own advantages, and if you can splurge on one that offers both in the same housing, then nothing like it.
Accessories: Car vacuum cleaners have to typically function in tight spaces. Also a car environment tends to have loads of nooks and crannies where dust is likely to settle in. The right set of accessories can make a world of difference here, so make sure this is on your list, irrespective of whether you are buying it for new or used cars.
Weight: Operating a vacuum cleaner in the closed confines of your car will make you appreciate the importance of having a cleaner that’s light enough to hold for a long time.
Capacity: Some vacuum cleaners end up being sold with ridiculously low capacity dust-bags. These quickly turn into a nuisance, as you make multiple trips, simply because the bag had to be emptied repeatedly. It is therefore important to choose one which is of an adequate size for your requirements.
Add-ons: Fitments such as an in-built light and other add-ons are always nice to have. So you could consider them in your purchase decision.