Are you thinking of getting your own car? This is a great decision and a big move. Cars may well be an expensive purchase, but at the end of the day, they give you your own private means of transport where you control where you go, when, whether you stop off on the way, which route you take and so much more. Rather than relying on public transport, you can travel at any time of the day or night, taking a direct route to your destination and not having to switch modes of transport along the way. You can drive directly from A to B without having to walk to or from transport stops.
Passing Your Test
The first step to getting a car? Passing your test. Sure, you might be able to buy a car before, but that’s not much use unless you plan to have your lessons in it and learn to drive in it. Passing your test, of course, can be quite a long process. At the end of the day, you’ll be picking up an entirely new skill that involves moving your arms and legs in ways you’re not used to, as well as keeping an eye on the road, hazards, directions and so much more. It will take a fair few lesson – potentially twenty or more. You will also need to pass a theory test that ensures that you know the rules of the road and how to react in different situations behind the wheel.
Setting a Budget
When you make any purchase, you should make sure that it fits within your budget. This is particularly true when buying a car, as this is likely to be the second biggest investment you make in your life after your home. Of course, you need to consider the cost of the car itself when making a decision on what to buy, whether you’re using savings or taking out a finance agreement. But you also need to consider all of the other costs that come hand in hand with a car. You need to consider how much it will cost you to insure it (this can vary based on your age, how long you’ve been driving, your driving history and more). You need to consider road tax and MOT and service costs. You also need to consider how much fuel the car will use and how much this will cost you. You will also need to consider repairs and maintenance costs, as you’ll find yourself facing replacements and decisions like which tire brands are best down the line. Make sure that you’re not using yourentire disposable income on your car, as you still need to enjoy yourself around paying your bills.
Now, most of us have different cars that we like the look of, but you need to consider practicalities when choosing a vehicle too. At the end of the day, it’s all good and well having a two seater sports car on your drive, but if you live in the countryside or have three kids and a partner to drive around, it’s not going to be of much use to you. Some areas to consider include:
Manual or automatic – you’re going to have to choose whether you want a manual vehicle or an automatic vehicle. This decision could be based on the type of licence you have (you may only be qualified to drive one or the other) or it may be based on personal preference (you may have licences for both manual and automatic vehicles but prefer driving automatic).
Seats – how many people will regularly travel in your vehicle. How many seats will you need to accommodate them all?
Doors – some cars have three doors, some have five. If you have kids or will have more than two passengers on a regular basis, five doors is better, as it means less reaching and climbing over into the back.
Storage – one of the main benefits of having a car is being able to easily transport heavier loads or luggage without having to manually carry it. You’re less limited and travel becomes easier. Of course, different people require different amounts of room.
New or Used
You always have the option of buying either a new car or a used car. There are, of course, pros and cons that come with each option. When you buy a new car, you get a vehicle that only you have driven. You’ll know that it’s in perfect condition when it comes into your possession and you will have a thorough understanding of its history down the line. You also gain a vehicle that will have minimal problems, because it has low mileage and all the parts are new. You can then choose specifics, such as what colour you want, what interiors you want and whether want add one like rear sensors, front sensors, a convertible and so much more. Of course, the downside of a brand new car is that it loses a lot of value as soon as you drive it, as it will move from “new” to “used”. When you buy a used vehicle, you can save a lot of money. It’s possible to get a car that hasn’t been used much and is close to new but at a much lower price tag. However, you may not know the car’s full genuine history. There may be issues that the seller doesn’t tell you about or there may be issues that develop soon after you purchase it, as the vehicle is older and worn. There really are perks to both, so both are worth consideration.
Choosing a new car for yourself is a big decision and a big investment. It really is important that you consider all of the different elements of the vehicle you’re buying to ensure that you really do make the right decision the first time around. Hopefully, some of the information outlined above will help you on this journey and can see you get the vehicle you