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The Ultimate Guide To Buying Your First Car

beetle There’s no denying the fact that buying your first car is one of life’s most exciting moments! Whether you’ve just passed your test or you’ve finally saved up enough cash to get a vehicle of your own, buying your first car is a huge milestone. However, as it’s such an important decision, knowing where to start can be tricky.

To help you get the keys to your first vehicle, we’ve put together some top tips below.

1. Decide the budget

Although we might all want a Ferrari, chances are the budget won’t stretch that far!

When you’re deciding on what car to buy as your first, it’s important to consider all the costs associated with car ownership. For example, as well as the cost of the car itself, you’ll have to think about road tax, insurance, the warranty and even things like petrol (this is especially important given the recent rise in petrol prices!).

As such, it’s crucial to decide on your monthly budget before heading to the showroom. When thinking about finances, just remember not to overstretch yourself and give yourself some room for living cost increases.

2. Set your priorities

Once you’ve decided how much you can afford, it’s important to create a list of ‘must-have’ features for your car. Whether that’s the shape of the car (i.e., saloon or a 4x4), the number of doors, the brand or the fuel consumption, you’ll need to write a list of essential features for your next car.

Then, you could also create a list of ‘nice to have’ features that’d be wonderful, but aren’t essential, if your budget will stretch that far.

3. Decide how you’ll pay for the car

Once you’ve decided what your ideal car will look like, you’ll need to decide how you’re going to purchase your car. If you’re buying a used car, paying in cash can be more beneficial as you won’t have the interest to pay on your purchase.

If you can’t afford the car in one payment, you could consider a car loan or finance deal to make the payments more manageable.

4. Search on the internet for sellers

A quick Google search will normally bring you a long list of cars for sale, along with the seller’s price. If you can, to avoid being scammed, you should look to purchase your car from a reputable garage. If you’re buying a car from an individual, it’s important that you visit the car beforehand and check it out for any damage. If you can, getting an expert opinion makes sure you’re not buying an illegally repaired car.

5. Try before you buy

This is especially important as it’ll be your first car. As you’ll probably only have driven a few cars beforehand, it’s important to get a feel of the car you’re going to buy. As you’ll be spending so much money, you need to make sure that you feel comfortable driving your new car.

But importantly, make sure to have fun in the process! So, all that’s left to do now is get car shopping.


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