What You Want And Need From Your First Car

What You Want And Need From Your First Car
24 Jul 2014

Buying a first car is an exciting experience. Often, you have just passed your test, and it will be your first real-time out on the roads. But before you reach that point you have to buy your first car and you want it to be the right kind of vehicle. There are certain aspects you want your first car to have, and we think these pointers will help first-time buyers out a lot.

The Right Type

We imagine if you are buying your first car you are working on a budget. Therefore the types of car you should be looking at will sit in two categories: simple and hatchbacks. If your budget is minimal look for a simple three-door car that will get you from A to B without breaking down. You do not need to look for power and performance. Remember, a car with a lot of power or good performance will most likely cost you a fortune to insure.

You can also look at hatchbacks. There are a number of fantastic hot hatchbacks on the market right now at affordable prices. The classic is the Volkswagen Golf, but there are models by other brands. Shop around for the one that is right for you. These cars are stylish but affordable and the perfect choice for your first car.

Make The Checks

Again, if you are buying your first car on a budget, you may be looking into purchasing a vehicle second-hand. This is perfectly fine and an option many buyers choose. You just have to remember to check the car out, particularly if you are buying, that would be expensive new. Also, do not fall for buying a car cheaply that should be a lot more expensive. The vehicle will most likely have serious issues that will cost you a fortune to repair. Make sure you get a full car history and, if in doubt, check a government website for MOT records. Also, be aware of the tricks car sellers use such as faking the mileage. If it looks older than its small mileage, do not buy it. The milage is probably fake, and the car may have had a lot of wear and tear.

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Look For Reliability

One of your top concerns for your new vehicle should be reliability. Ask a dealer or look online for the most reliable cars. These are the ones that will not leave you stranded by the side of the road after a breakdown. As a first-time driver, you may never have experienced a breakdown before. All you have to do is get your vehicle to the side of the road if possible. Call a vehicle assistance team like Roadside Response, and wait patiently in your vehicle.

Safe And Sound

One last fact to remember is that many new drivers crash within their first year of driving. This may not be their fault. It is often simply due to a lack of experience on the road and difficult conditions. With this in mind, it is important to make buying a car with good safety features your top priority. A dealer can help you here too and will recommend a car that will be easy to handle on the roads.

Stay safe on the roads and enjoy your new one, whichever one you buy.

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Elliot Young

Elliot Young has been an active automotive journalist in the most recent years, but well before that Elliot was well involved with a major corporate automaker in North America. He spent majority of his youth fixing vehicles with his grandfather, which lead him down the path as an automotive engineer.