A beginner’s guide to buying a car

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For most, buying your first car can be exhilarating. You’ve put the work in, passed your test and now you’re ready to reap the rewards. But there’s more to buying a car than standing in a shop, pointing at the shiniest and saying, “I want that one!”

When buying a car, there’s a lot to consider. Alongside picking a design you like, you need to think about practicality and auto insurance. So, what do you need to consider when buying your first car?

 

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Budget

Before you even think about going to a garage, you should know how much money you want to spend. Many people don’t spend huge amounts on their first car, as they’re still getting used to driving. Picking a car that you feel comfortable driving is most important.

Finance plans

If you’re buying using a finance plan, you need to know that you’ll be able to keep up with payments. Prepare for the unexpected. You’re better off going under budget to prepare for any costs later.

 

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New or used?

Many people wonder whether to get a new or used car. New cars are more expensive but don’t have any mileage, meaning they’ll probably last longer.

Used cars come with mileage but will be cheaper and your insurance will be lower. Used car garages often have a better selection of cars, too.

Purpose

Why are you buying a car? It’s important to consider the purpose before you make any decisions.

If you’ll be using the car for long distances, check that it’s up for the job. If you’re simply looking for something to drive your friends around in, you might not need as many features.

 

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Makes and models

There are thousands of car makes and models. If you’re a novice to the world of cars, you might not know that the make is the brand of the vehicle, whereas the model is the name of the product. The make and model are entirely up to you, but some are more reliable than others.

Do your research, read reviews and ask around. Just because a car is a fashionable make and model, doesn’t mean that it is the best car for you.

Test drive

When you’re looking for a car, you’ll be able to take it for a test drive. Normally, the salesperson will accompany you on the drive, talking you through the features. Most cars will feel a little strange when you first drive them.

You’ll be used to driving your instructor or parents’ car, and it probably won’t feel the same. However, make sure you feel a certain degree of comfort on the test drive. If the clutch feels awkward or the car is too small, it might not be for you.

 

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Environmental impact

We all know that certain cars don’t have a great environmental impact. Some emit great amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases which contribute to global warming pollution. So, do your part and help the planet we live on.

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