Once the relief of passing your driving test has finally sunk in, the next stage will be to find and buy your first car. Understandably, most new drivers have little to no experience of purchasing a vehicle and can be easy targets for rip-off merchants. Therefore, it is essential that you make the most of the following advice to ensure you don’t end up with a faulty car that will leave you out of pocket and wondering if it was all worth it or not.
Buying from a Dealer, Online and Privately
Franchised dealers will usually be the first place many people go when looking for their first car. While they offer quality vehicles, aftersales service and assistance, it does come at a higher price. ON the other hand, independent dealers offer lower prices but there is a higher amount of risk as the quality of used cars and services will vary. Search online to find the average price for the car you want to avoid paying over the odds at a dealer or through private sellers.
Conduct an Efficient Car Inspection
It is always worth getting a used car inspection if you are not confident looking over a car yourself. Especially for private sellers, some will try to flog their vehicles that don’t have obvious faults. Aside from superficial damage, it is important to check that lights and indicators work with no scratches, that the tyres have enough tread by running a 20p into the grooves and matching the mileage to the paperwork.
New or Used?
A new car will be seen as a more desirable option, but the costs can be a lot more. There are plenty of reliable used cars for sale though, that make for an excellent first vehicle. Second hand hatchbacks are usually the best choice, as they’re viewed as more reliable motors and popular cars, that are cheaper to repair should you encounter nay problems.
Remember Insurance and Breakdown Cover
Insurance can be extremely expensive for new drivers, sometimes eclipsing the cost of the car itself. There are a few ways to cut back on insurance costs, such as adding an experienced driver to the policy and paying upfront. Breakdown cover should also be added, and sometimes can be included with your insurance policy at a discount too, to ensure you stay safe and save some money at the same time.