Useful Tips for Buying Your First Car

It’s always an exciting time buying a new car, even more so when you are buying your first car! Some people buy their first car whilst they are still learning to drive. Others wait until they have passed their theory and practical tests.

Are you getting ready to buy your first car soon? If so, you will doubtless have many questions about the process. You might also be unsure about it. You need not worry anymore because this handy blog post will walk you through the process!

Choosing the right car

The first thing you need to do is think about the car that is suitable for your needs. Most learners and new drivers alike prefer to start out in small cars. Such cars give them the confidence to get used to the road, and how to handle a car unsupervised.

Examples of such cars include:

  • Vauxhall Corsa;
  • Ford Fiesta;
  • Volkswagen Polo;
  • Fiat 500;
  • Kia Picanto.

A lot of new drivers choose to buy the same model of car they learnt to drive in. They do so because they are already familiar with the controls and how to handle the car. Of course, the car you choose is your decision, and you can opt for a different model instead if you prefer.

You should always test drive the car you want to buy as it can be difficult to return if you change your mind after you’ve bought it!

New or used?

Once you have decided what model you want, you need to decide whether you want to buy a brand new or used one.

Each option has their pros and cons. Dealers often have promotions on brand new cars. But if you aren’t earning much money, you should stick with a cheaper used car instead.

Also, you cannot apply for car finance (on new or used cars) unless you are at least 18 years old.

Likely costs

It can be hard to estimate how much your new pride and joy will cost you. It is because it depends on many factors such as your age, driving style and the car you want to buy.

Car insurance costs can vary depending on your personal circumstances, where you live, and even what you do for a living.

Servicing, MOTs and car tax will all depend on the make and model of car that you own. It’s worth bearing in mind that MOT tests won’t cost you more than £54.85.

At the time of writing, the average cost of petrol is around £1.30 per litre, and for diesel it’s £1.36. If your car has a 45-litre tank, for example, it will cost you £58.50 to fill it up with petrol from empty, and £61.20 for diesel.

Note that fuel costs in your area might be different to the examples used above.

Maintenance

All cars are mechanical devices and need regular maintenance if they are to work well! Every week, you should check the condition of your car’s tyres (including pressures) and brakes.

You must also check and top up your engine’s vital fluids. It will help you to prevent a breakdown on the side of the road.

I hope you have found this blog post useful. Thanks for reading!