Purchasing your first car should be an exciting experience. No matter what age you are when you pass your test, getting your own vehicle and hitting the road can be exhilarating. However, knowing what to look out for before getting your first car can make a huge difference in your driving experience.

Whether you’re buying a brand-new vehicle or a second-hand car, you will want to know you’ve made the right decision. While some cars may seem great on paper, there can be all sorts of underlying problems that you are not aware of. Here are a few things to look out for when buying your first car.

Make a Plan

Knowing what you want in a car is the first step in helping you find the right one for you. As each driver is different, there are various specifications that may suit one driver more than the other. There are various things to think about such as the colour, size and model of the vehicle, as well as how many miles the car has done (should you be purchasing a second-hand vehicle). The price is a major factor, so it’s important to be realistic with your choice. Make sure to draw up a budget before you make any firm decisions. It can be all too easy to get carried away and end up spending a fortune, so being savvy with your money will ensure you stay in control.

Visit a Dealership

Once you have made up a plan, you should visit a local dealership so you can see a range of cars up close. Many dealerships have websites which display their new and used vehicles, helping you to get a better idea of what you want. You may want to bring a friend or family member along who can give a second opinion. Once at the dealership, don’t hesitate to ask any questions. Any concerns or worries you have will be quickly addressed by a member of the team, giving you confidence that you’re making the right decision.

Know Your Car’s History

If you are planning to purchase a second-hand car, it’s important you ask the car dealership to provide evidence of the car’s history. It’s important to know how many miles the car has done, as well as how many people have owned the vehicle. Also, checking if the car has had any issues in the past will help reduce the risk of purchasing a car that soon breaks down or needs to go in for repair.

Test Drive

Once you have found your dream car, you should take it for a test drive. There are various things that you should be looking out for when on your test drive, such as whether there are any unusual noises. You need to be confident when in the vehicle, so make sure to test the brakes, check out the gears and clutch as well as the steering wheel. You should never pick a car that you don’t feel comfortable in, otherwise you may be taking it back to the dealership sooner rather than later.

Car Insurance

The amount you need to pay for car insurance will depend on how old you are. If you are under the age of 25, expect your insurance to be much higher. While you may score a bargain with a car, you need to remember that the insurance and tax will be a huge part of your running costs. There are various websites that allow you to compare car insurance, helping you find the best deal.

Modifications

Once you have purchased your dream car, there are various modifications that you can make to claim it as your own. Whether it be replacing the floor mats or changing the steering wheel cover, there are many ways that you can make your car more personalised to you. If you want to have your own personalised number plate, you can make your own on Number 1 Plates. Simply use the company’s number plate maker and enter your registration, plate size, material, text style, badge and border, allowing you to create your very own personalised number plate.

Having the expertise and knowledge of what to look out for in your first car can go a long way. Make sure to create a plan of what type of specifications you want your car to have. Taking a trip to a car dealership can also be beneficial, allowing you to compare a range of vehicles and also taking some out for a test drive. It’s vital that you know the history and condition of the car, as well as how much the insurance will be. Being in the know means that you can find your dream car without the worry of things going wrong.

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