Your first car is a bit like your first kiss – you never forget it! However, some people don’t always remember their first car for the right reasons. You often hear stories about first cars being a nightmare and costing thousands in repair bills.
There are lots of factors to consider when buying your first car, it needs to be safe, reliable, affordable to run and hopefully fun to drive! To help you, we’ve put together our top five tips on getting that first car right.
1. Work out your budget
Probably the most important thing to do first is to work out what you can afford and it’s not just about what you can afford to pay to purchase the car either. Owning and running a car can be an expensive business, what with insurance, road tax, fuel, and servicing, the costs can soon mount up.
Certain cars cost less to run than others, this might be because they are cheaper to insure and/or are more economical on fuel. So, take all these factors in to account when working out your budget.
2. New or used?
Everyone knows a used car will cost less than a new car, quite often a car that is only three years old has lost up to 40% of its value from new. However, there are other considerations, a new car will have a manufacturer’s warranty and there can also be some very competitive finance deals available. Modern PCP deals can sometimes make it cheaper to buy a new car rather than save up and buy the two or three-year-old equivalent model. You need to weigh up the pros and cons of new versus used and take in to account what is important to you and your particular lifestyle.
3. Do your research
You have decided on your budget and whether you’re going for new or used. You’re ready to start looking at some potential cars. Before you actually go and see any vehicles though, do your research. Look up reviews, find out what the experts say, is it reliable, are there certain things to look out for? Use an online valuation tool to see if the price wanted is a fair one? By educating yourself about the car you are about to view will help you make the right decision as to whether to buy it or not.
4. Never go alone
Buying your first car is of course an exciting time, however it can also be a little overwhelming and daunting. So that you don’t get carried away or talked in to something you will regret it is always better to view a car with someone at your side. A family member or trusted friend is a good idea, and if they know something about cars even better. Having an extra opinion or someone to chat to if you are feeling pressurised could stop you making the wrong decision on the day.
5. Always, always test drive any car before buying
Regardless of whether you are buying new or used it is absolutely essential that you test drive a car before making a decision to buy. You need to be sure that you are comfortable and enjoy driving it – if you don’t then it’s not for you.
Remember driving the car to the end of the road and back is not a proper test drive. Allow a good hour to put it through its paces properly. Drive the car both in town and on the open road, a motorway if possible. Take it up a hill to see how it pulls and around some challenging corners to see how well it hugs the road. Try breaking hard to see how it reacts and how stabile it feels. It’s also a good idea to take a passenger with you and get their opinion of how the drive felt for them.
If you need any help or advice regarding repairs or servicing of your first car then please give DCS Bristol Ltd a call. Call for an appointment on 0117 972 4343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org