There’s not right or wrong time to pass your driving test, but once you do, the freedom it gives you as an individual is exciting. But now you have to buy your first car, and if you don’t know a lot about cars in general, this decision can be a hard one to make, so here are some tips!
Remember Your Driving Preference
When you’ve learned to drive, there are two types of cars, manual and automatic. And it’s up to you to decide which one you prefer. Some people will like automatic because the car will decide when you shift gears and do it for you. The manual does the opposite, and you have to move the gears up and down yourself. No way is the wrong way, so it’s really a preference for yourself. If you are prone to forgetting about changing gears, then an automatic will be more suited for you. If you like having control of the car completely, then manual is best. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that automatic cars are more expensive.
Buy Used Cars If On A Budget
Yes, the allure of a brand new model might be difficult to pull away from, but if you’re on a budget, it’s best to stay clear of any price points you can’t afford. New cars are always going to be more expensive, and there’s nothing wrong with buying a used car if you’re tight on money. Yes, there are some disadvantages to having a used car, but at the same time, there’s always a risk that you could damage your brand new car as soon as you drive out of the Toyota dealership. If you have the money to spend then, of course, treat yourself to a brand new car but know that every car is going to get you from A to B, no matter what it is.
Go For Safety Over Style
When you start test driving cars, you’ll get a feel for what is right for you and what isn’t. Safety should always come first when considering the purchase of your first car, even if the style were compromised slightly. It’s worth doing a little research into makes and models of cars if you’re not clued up on them. Ask friends and family members as most will likely drive a car, and some may have had several within their lifetime and can, therefore, give an honest opinion.
Read Any Contracts Carefully
Just like any contract, you’re given, it’s important to read it carefully. You never know what might be lying in the terms and conditions of your agreement with whoever is selling you the car. Make sure you read it fully before signing it and if there’s anything you’re unsure of or don’t understand, query it instead of staying quiet.
Buying your first car is a wonderful and memorable experience. So get out there and find one that will keep you safe and provide you with that new found freedom!