3 Top Tips For Buying Your First Car

 

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Buying Your first car can be an exciting experience. If you have just passed your driving test, you will no doubt be itching to get on the road. Many people, though, will make the mistake of rushing out and buying the first car that they find. This can lead to them paying too much money for something that is not practical for them to run. A car is a long term investment, and you need to make sure that you apply logic when it comes to finding the right one for you. 

 

New Vs Used

 

There are strong arguments in favour of buying both new and used cars, and the route that you decide to take should be right for your specific individual circumstances. For example, you may be looking at new Nissan Cars. The advantages are that you will be getting a car that nobody has driven before. It will come with a warranty, so you know that if there are any manufacturing problems early in the life of the vehicle, then you are covered. A new car will generally be more fuel-efficient than one that is several years old as the technology is rapidly involving to reduce the environmental impact of cars. You may also be able to benefit from some great financing or lease options. 

 

Buying a used car will save you money in the initial purchase. Once a car is a couple of years old, its value will have dropped dramatically, making it a more cost-effective purchase. 

 

Getting Insurance Quotes

 

Whether you decide to buy new or used, you should always check out insurance prices for the specific car that you are buying. Insurance costs can vary dramatically and will take into account every aspect of the car. The make, model, value, security features, and any modifications that the vehicle has. The policy will also look at you, where you live, your age, your driving history, and if you have had any accidents or motoring convictions previously. 

 

Shop around because quotes will vary, but make sure that you get the best level of cover possible as it can end up being very costly if you don’t have this. You may also want to think about getting a telematics device fitted to reduce the cost of your premium. 

 

Taking The Car For A Test Drive

 

It is vital that you take any vehicle that you are considering driving for a test drive. A car dealer will be fully expecting you to do this, however, a private seller may not feel comfortable with you doing this. It is important that you are able to do this as it will show you how the car handles, and it will highlight any concerns with any potential maintenance issues on a second-hand vehicle. 

 

Make sure that you test the vehicle at different speeds, go around corners, and make numerous different manoeuvres. The last thing that you will want is an expensive garage bill to fix a problem that was already there when you bought the car. 

*this is a collaborative post 

6 Comments

  1. Samantha M
    15/03/2020 / 22:59

    I wish I had this guide when I was buying my first car – I really had no idea what I was doing and just ended up mindlessly haggling with the salesman, pretending I knew what I was talking about! Luckily it worked out okay!

  2. A S,Edinburgh
    18/04/2020 / 21:30

    Great advice, thank you. It’s a purchase that’s easy to get overexcited about! It pays to keep your feet on the ground a bit.

  3. Marion Payne
    18/04/2020 / 22:58

    Good advice

  4. Marion Payne
    18/04/2020 / 22:58

    very Good advice

  5. Marion Payne
    18/04/2020 / 22:59

    Very Good advice, always good to research well before making a purchase

  6. Lucy
    24/05/2020 / 15:44

    Great advice I’m hoping to get a car after lockdown !!!

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