You have finally passed your driver’s tests and are ready to hit the road. There is just one small issue, you don’t have a car, which raises a lot of questions. The choice might seem a bit hard as one never knows what to look for, look after or take under consideration. Used, new, luxurious, or something simple are just some of the things you might ask yourself. Luckily, for you, we summarized some important advice which, hopefully, will make it easier to pick the right one.
What kind of car do you need?
Before even considering buying a new car, think of your needs. What will be the main purpose of the car? Is it to just take you to work, around the city or are you planning on going on long trips with it? The answer to these questions can help you narrow down the type of car you’re looking for. You can buy a sports car to show off, a limousine to make your long trips more comfortable or a small one to get you to your local mall.
Also, manual or automatic, ask yourself. Manuel cars are often cheaper but it can be quite bothersome to always change gears and sometimes you just forget yourself, and your car starts making funny noises. With the automatic transmission, there is maintenance and it comes at a price.
Go for a drive around the corner
You narrowed it down to the type of car you’re looking for, thought of all the expenses, and calculated the overall cost. It seems like a dream coming true, but wait. There is a strong piece of advice before purchasing since it is better to be safe than sorry. Refresh your memory a bit when it comes to traffic signs and the general regulations on the road. If you are not so confident, you can always test your knowledge, go through the basic rules, and make sure you still know them. Do not worry, most of the tests are free, and it won’t take up much of your time.
Furthermore, a test drive is always a good idea to ensure that the automobile is running smoothly and correctly and it’s great practice. Most car dealers will even offer it on their own and even if it is a used one, the owner will probably let you go for a spin.
New is always better, or is it?
Most people would advise you to buy a used car, as it is your first one. You have just finished your driver’s test, are new on the road and honestly have little experience. So, you might bump the car once or twice or even have a little accident, hopefully, nothing serious. Yet, the overall cost of repairing an old car sometimes surpasses its market value making it hard to sell it, later on, at the same price you bought it.
The thing with old cars is the availability of parts. The older they get, the harder it is to find parts for it, and sometimes they can even be expensive, even if you manage to get your hands on them.
If you’re buying a used automobile, ask an experienced person, such as your father or uncle, or a friend, who knows a lot about cars, which brand to select.
But keep in mind, even if you never bump it, there is always a fear of underlying hidden costs, like when the brakes are worn out, the axle joints are a bit loose, and the oil has never been changed. These are the things you should look out for. But even if you do decide to go for an old-timer, check with your local mechanic first. A little inspection can help you estimate the overall cost and if the car is worth buying.
Of course, new is always better. If your budget allows it, go for it. You also have a two to five-year guarantee on basic services, like oil and brake changes.
Car accidents are quite frequent, so often they are listed as one of the top ten causes of death around the world. As said at the beginning, you are new on the road and accidents are just a common reality.
Therefore think of how safe the car is, is the car rated, and if so, did it score high on safety tests. Does it have extra cushioning, airbags and is it stable on its wheels? Many car manufacturers offer you a guarantee of safety, which is one thing to consider.
Furthermore, you can always take insurance just in case and to be sure. Anyway, always put a seatbelt on and eyes on the road.
Some things to consider
Do not forget about things such as registration, where to put it (garage or parking lot), regular services, and traffic. All this shouldn’t be a problem as they are normal occurrences every car owner has to deal with regularly. Cars practically pay themselves as they serve you well and are a necessity. But honestly, if you are having second thoughts because of all the mentioned above, maybe you prefer public transport and are not in such a big need of a car.
In the end, a car is just like a family member. It requires care, maintenance, and visits to the mechanic. It is an extension of yourself and many people think of their car as a second home. Especially if it is your first car, you’ll create a sentimental bond, and might find it hard to change it once it can no longer serve. Whatever the case, be smart and never rush.