Tips for Buying your First Car
08 November 2021
Are You Buying Your First Car?
When you are ready to buy your first car, it can be a daunting experience but don't worry, this post will give you some great tips for buying your first car.
It's not easy to buy a car but this blog post will help you get started with the basics of what to consider when buying your first vehicle. There are many different types of cars that come in various shapes and sizes, so there are many things to consider before settling on one type or brand. Our goal is to provide helpful information that will make the process easier for you as you purchase your very own set of wheels!
Should I Buy a New or Used Car?
Many people would love a new car to be their first car. However, this isn't an option for most people and for many others, it is simply inadvisable. No matter how careful of a driver you are, we all make mistakes from time to time, be it grinding a gear, clipping a curb or something more serious. We advise you to use a used car for a couple of years and develop your confidence as a driver before entering the world of new cars. Additionally, used vehicles can be considerably cheaper than new cars. For this reason, you can often get more for your money when buying used vehicles. Be this a larger car or one with more technology. Finally, you may be surprised by the great used car deal you will find.
How Much Will Insurance Cost?
Many people, when learning to drive, overlook the cost of insuring their first car. It may seem insignificant at the time; however, your insurance can be the same price as your first car itself in some cases. When you are looking for your first car, be sure to consider the insurance cost and take this into account when you are making your decision. Additionally, considering building your no claims bonus from day one, this can be a great way to help reduce your insurance cost as quickly as possible.
How Long Will You Have The Car?
When choosing your first car, many people plan to keep it for a long time. In reality, it can be beneficial to change your vehicle after a couple of years. This is for a couple of reasons. Firstly by changing your car after a couple of years, you may be able to afford a more expensive car which can help to reduce your insurance costs. Secondly, after a couple of years, you will be a significantly more confident driver than just after you pass your test. This confidence will help ensure that your next car will not be bumped and kept looking its best.
What Do You Need?
You must understand what you will need before purchasing your first car. It can be a complex process when you have not done it before. Firstly, we recommend arranging quotes for everything and where possible, having multiple quotes to ensure you are getting the best deal. These quotes should include Insurance, Tax, Breakdown Cover, Estimated Fuel Costs. This will help to avoid any surprises when you get your car. Secondly, when you pick up your vehicle, ensure you have all the relevant documentation, such as your driver's license, a letter with your address and any other documents requested by the deal. Finally, whether your agreement has driven away insurance or you have a range of insurance yourself, make sure you are insured to drive your new car home.
Is The Car Ready To Drive?
If you are getting your first car from a deal, it will likely have just had its service and MOT; however, if you buy privately, you must understand if these need to be done before agreeing on the sale. When you purchase a car, it is very important that you fully understand the history of the car's servicing and repair work. If you are in any doubt, you are well within your rights to arrange a local independent mechanic to look the car over before agreeing to anything or paying a deposit.
How Do I Know How Much A Car Will Cost To Run?
When purchasing your first car, the running cost may be very vague and difficult to plan for. The easiest way to prepare for these expenses is to estimate the maximum number of miles you will drive in a month. Then you can calculate the fuel cost to travel this distance; you can do this yourself or use an online fuel calculator. Additionally, check your mileage allowance agreed with your insurance and going over this may void your insurance.
You’ve made it this far and hopefully, you found our article helpful. If you have any questions about what we discussed today or would like to learn more about how Autoking can help with your car buying process, contact us! We will be happy to answer all of your questions and guide you through the complicated world of cars without a hitch. Don't forget that there's nothing wrong with taking some time before making an important decision, such as purchasing new wheels for yourself, but don't wait too long because prices are constantly changing!