Firstly, congrats on passing your driving test! Getting your first set of wheels is an exciting milestone moment. But, with the excitement comes the stress of finding the right car. Before you head to your nearest dealership to pick up the keys for your new Vauxhall, Mini, or SEAT, there are a few things you should consider.
Setting a budget
Getting a car will have an impact on your finances, so setting yourself a budget is an important thing to do first – so you don’t get your heart broken!
If you can’t afford to buy a car outright, or you’re someone who wants the latest model every few years, it might be worth considering hire purchase or lease hire. It’s important you understand all the options available to you.
Think about your lifestyle
You might have your heart set on a nippy Mini, but if you live out in the country and may have to drive over alt terrain then it might be worth looking at 4×4 style car. Equally, if you live in a busy city, then a car that’s easy to park, and has responsive breaking might be more suitable.
Spending the time thinking about the type of car journeys you normally do will help you narrow down potential models.
Research the cars you might be interested in before you head to a dealership to get an idea of prices. You may also find that a dealership in a nearby town is cheaper than your hometown. Sometimes travelling a little bit further afield can help you find a bargain.
If you have an idea of the make and model you want have a look at, see how well it holds its value. If it’s a car that doesn’t age well, it might not be worth investing in.
Take someone with you
Getting your first car is a big step for everyone. It’s that first taste of real independence. But, if you’re not entirely sure of what you’re looking at, or you feel overwhelmed by all the jargon used at dealerships, there’s no shame in asking someone to go with you.
Ideally, you’ll want to take someone with you who can navigate the GAP insurance policies and extended warranties that are thrown your way, and who isn’t afraid to ask questions. Whilst it can seem intimidating, when you go to get your new car don’t be persuaded into signing anything you’re unsure of.
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