How to Choose Your First Ever Car

Choosing a car can be difficult but it’s even more difficult if you’ve never done it before. If you’ve just begun your driving journey and are looking into buying your first ever car soon, then there are a number of things you’ll want to consider before forking over your hard earned cash. Here are the top tips to ensure you choose the car that’s right for you.

 

Don’t even think about style

Unfortunately for most young drivers style is one of the most important aspects when choosing a first car but this is actually one of the most useless considerations you can have. In fact it can actually hamper your decision making process and leave you with a lemon or a huge debt that you simply cannot afford. Choose your first car first and foremost on reliability. You need something that’s going to get you from point A to B as safely as possible, not in style.

Make a budget

When choosing your first ever vehicle, you’ll likely have a very tight budget. If you don’t know what your budget should be, consider doing your research first. There are a lot more costs involved in a car purchase than simply purchasing the car itself. You’ll need to factor in stamp duty, registration, insurance and of course paying back your loan, if you got one. Though it’s always best to save up and pay outright for a car than get a loan, as it will cost you more in the long run.

 

Do your research

Whether you have a couple of makes and models in mind for your first ever car purchase or you’re at a complete loss, consider getting your friends and family (only those knowledgeable about cars of course) involved in the decision making process. It can be tricky to know what you’re looking for when buying your first car as you don’t have past experience to draw from so it’s always a good idea to get some firsthand advice from those you trust.

Go for a test drive

Always test drive multiple vehicles before landing on one make and model. Though you’ll likely be wanting to buy a used car, you can of course go to new car dealers as well and test out their rides to find out what’s on the market, then testing out previous versions of the models you like if there isn’t a used dealer with a large enough selection around. Take each model for a spin before deciding on the make you like the most.

Choose what’s comfortable

As this is your first ride you’ll likely be doing a lot of driving around so you’ll need to buy something you feel comfortable in. When deciding on your car, always make sure to check how comfortable the seating is and how much you can view in your mirrors, this will not only make a big difference to your comfort levels while driving but also your ability to drive well.