Choosing your first car can be a very exciting time…
…but you need to make sure you approach it in a responsible and sensible way, or you could end up making a very expensive mistake. However, if you follow this guide on how to approach the task you can’t go wrong.
There are lots of things to consider when buying a car; there is so much choice that first of all you need to narrow down exactly what you need from your motor. What will you realistically be using your car for? If you’re just making small journeys for example taking the kids to school or getting into town and back, you can be much more flexible with the kind of car you go for. However, if you’re going to be making long journeys you need to make sure it is really reliable and well-built. How many people will you need to be able to fit into your car? Is it just you or do you have children? You need to make sure that your car has enough room for everyone to be comfortable, including plenty of leg room and height.
If you’re going to be driving along small country roads you will not need to consider the speed of the car in much depth however, if you’re going to be doing a lot of motorway driving you need a car that can accelerate quickly so that you don’t cause any hold-ups. It can be dangerous to be stuck at a low speed when you’re surrounded by cars travelling at over 60 MPH. And lastly, if you have an automatic licence don’t forget that you can only legally drive an automatic car.
Your budget is going to play a big role in your decision. It is helpful to know your budget as it cuts down your choices leaving a manageable number of cars to choose from. Firstly, you need to think about whether or not you can afford to buy a car out right, or whether you need to opt for a lease agreement. Be sure to read the small print on lease agreements to make doubly sure that you will be able to afford the payments. Each car can do a different number of miles-to-the-gallon and the higher this is the less often you will need to top up the fuel. So, if you have a low budget make sure you get a car with a high MPG rating.
Research the reputation of car manufacturers. Some manufacturers specialise in budget-friendly run-arounds while others focus on producing top-quality, reliable vehicles. It can be better to buy a second-hand car from a more reputable manufacturer. Make sure to also look into the cost of repairs for different brands of cars.
At the Garage
When it comes to seeing cars in the flesh make sure you research the reputation of each garage, as some could have a history of selling cars with hidden problems for over-inflated prices. Take someone with mechanic experience if possible, to have a look over the cars for any obvious issues.
Two important things to make sure a car has before buying it are a twelve-month MOT certificate and a full-service history as this shows that it has been looked after and has been classed as being in good condition. And finally, take it for a test drive to see if it suits you. This is also a good way to see if you can hear or feel any other issues.
It is very important to follow these tips when buying a car or you could end up regretting it if you’re stuck with a car that causes more trouble that it is worth. And remember, you can’t just consider getting car insurance, it is a legal requirement along with taxing your car.