Thinking of buying your first car? It is a big step and there are a lot of things to consider, but it is also super exciting, too! Here is a list of things to consider and a guide to buying your first car, so you can get behind the wheel and head out on some adventures.
Think about the car you are looking for
It is worth having a think about the sort of car you are looking for. When you head out shopping, it can be quite overwhelming and there is a lot you can choose from, so having some idea as to what you’re looking for is a good place to start. Think about the things you want in it, the size, and what you are going to be using the car for.
Setting a budget and sticking to it
Whether you opt to pay outright or look for car finance, you should always have a budget in mind. Have a budget and stick to it, even when faced with different and more expensive cars! Think about how much you want to spend and keep in mind insurance costs as well which are going to be more expensive if you are a new driver…
Doing your research
When you have a car in mind, do your research to check the price and any real world reviews of it. This will help you get an idea of whether or not it is the car for you and if you would like to commit to it.
Test driving your car
Unless you are buying online and it is a distance sale, make sure you test drive the car. You will want to get a feel for being behind the wheel and to see if it feels right for you. Every car feels different and you might love it on paper, but to drive it may not be what you are looking for. If you are purchasing via distance sale, you should have 14 days to change your mind if the drive isn’t what you are looking for, but make sure you check this!
Consider other costs
Look at how much servicing and maintenance will cost, as some cars need specific services which can be more expensive. It is these little things that add up and can make your car a lot more expensive than you thought it would be.
Drive away happy!
Once you have checked through everything, you get to drive away in your dream car. Make sure you enjoy it and that you have asked any questions you may have prior to the sale and driving away. A car dealership will be there for you and should be happy for you to ask as many questions as you need. Don’t be rushed and enjoy the process, then enjoy your new used car.
We hope those tips helped and if you are on the hunt for your first car, come and speak to the team at We Finance Any Car, where we will be more than happy to help!