Tips for Buying Your First Car
Buying your first car can be a confusing experience. After weeks of conflicting advice and a huge amount of information to digest, you may find yourself not quite so keen to go through with a purchase in the end.
Because it’s not just the model or make you have to be concerned about – you will have to worry about the other costs involved, as well as the possibility of getting out a car loan to finance your purchase and the decision of whether to buy new or used. Peruse the tips below to try and make your decision easier.
The other costs involved
Before you allow yourself to come to the conclusion that you are ready to buy your first car, you have to consider the other costs that will come with your purchase. These include, but are not limited to: insurance costs, road tax, the rising price of fuel, MOT costs and other maintenance and running costs.
Depending on your desired vehicle’s make, these costs will vary greatly. There is a wealth of information available online with estimates of the further running costs attached to a variety of different cars.
Should you buy a new car, or a used one?
This seems to be the biggest area of concern for first-time vehicle buyers. In most cases, a first-time buyer will be encouraged to buy a used car. However, the answer isn’t as clear-cut as one would like it to be. Your decision will be influenced by your particular needs and how much money you have at your disposal.
If you’ve got cash to splash, it’s hard to resist the temptation to buy a brand-new car. The configurations on the vehicle will be completely customisable: you’ll have a vast range of options to go through. However, if you’re strapped for cash but really need a car, you will probably go for a used car.
However, you shouldn’t see this as an inferior option. Today’s used car dealers offer a wide range of choices, and there are websites where you can narrow your search results down to the specific configurations you want.
Inspect the car with an experienced driver
Car dealers know how to draw you into a purchase you may not necessarily want to make, so it’s highly recommended that you visit the dealership with a more experienced driver who knows their way around cars.
It’s also recommended that you also inspect the car in question during the day (particularly if it’s a used car) so you can see any signs of damage that may otherwise be hidden.