You might have seen me mention my desire to learn to drive on a few occasions. In fact, I think it might well have been on my resolution list for the last 3/4 years, I just haven’t quite managed it yet but it’s still something I have in my sights.
I know it might be a little way off but that doesn’t stop me doing some research and learning the important things for choosing my first car. Luckily I have family members who are clued up when it comes to buying cars so when the time comes I will be taking them along with me to help look over the car and ask any questions I might not have thought of.
Unless I win the lottery in the next year or so my first car will be second hand from either a garage of private seller, this will depend upon what’s available at the time in my price range. Through my research, I have learnt a lot of helpful tips when it comes to choosing a first car and today I will be sharing them here, so if you’re looking to invest in your first car but you’re not sure where to start then you have come to the right place.
- First things first, set your budget and stick to it. It’s no good going to see a car that you would love but that’s out of your price range. You’ll only be left feeling disappointed. By all means, make that dream car a goal for the future but be realistic. Whilst we’re talking money, do your research and make sure you know how much the type of car you want is worth. Don’t let someone take you for a ride.
- After you know your budget you’ll have to decide which car you would like to buy. This will depend on many factors including how many seats you need, how big the boot needs to be and how many doors it has etc.
- Choose whether you buy from a garage or private seller. There are pros and cons to both, a private seller might sell for less than a garage but the seller might not be clued up on cars or there could be potential undiagnosed problems. If you buy from a garage the car you buy should be fully serviced and any issue fixed prior to buying it but you might pay slightly more.
- Once you have found a car you like ensure you check the history of the car. You can check against government, police and insurance databases online which can help you make an informed decision.
- Take it for a test drive. When you have found the car you like then it’s time to take it for a test drive, if you can take someone who knows about cars with you.
- Don’t forget other expenses. If you have young children who will be travelling in the car you then they will need good car seats which will keep them safe in the car. These type of expenses can often be forgotten when purchasing your first car but don’t forget to factor them in.
Are you in the market for your first car? Or do you have any tips to share for first-time buyers?