There is nothing quite like passing your test and joining the driving world. This is an exciting period and especially if you are a young driver, but you must also be very cautious of which vehicle you (or your parents) buy as your first automobile. Ideally, you will want something that is safe, economical and affordable. Here are a few tips for picking out the perfect first car for a young driver:
Of course, you will want to be cruising around in a luxury sports car (who doesn’t?), but this is not realistic or smart for a young driver. You first need to consider all of the expenses that will go into keeping you on the road so that you can establish a budget. This includes the cost of the vehicle, insurance, running costs and tax. There are many ways to reduce your insurance which you should consider (this can be a gigantic expense for new drivers).
Buying a used car makes the most sense for a young driver as they are much more affordable. Although older cars do not have all of the fantastic safety features found in newer automobiles, you can still find excellent older cars that have a good safety rating (this will lower your premium). Look for used vehicles that have a 4 or 5-star NCAP safety rating.
Fortunately, the internet has made it easier than ever for motorists to find the perfect automobile for their needs. Spend some time researching different cars that fit within your parameters and will not break the bank. Shopping around will also help you to find the best deals. Shopping at reputable car supermarkets, like Motorpoint, is a much better option for inexperienced drivers than a private seller. This is because it is less intimidating, you avoid scams and you may get extras thrown in.
Still, it is vital that you go and give the vehicle a thorough inspection and take it for a test drive. Most people find it helpful to bring someone along for moral support and as a second set of eyes. There is a lot of helpful advice online for this stage. If it does not feel right, do not be afraid to walk away from the deal – this is a huge investment and it must be right for you. You must make sure that it has all the documentation and check if any modifications have been made (this could affect your premium).
Do not get rushed into the purchase and consider taking some time to make your decision. If you think that it is the right car for you, arrange with the dealership to come in and buy the automobile. You will need to leave with the vehicle (obviously), insurance (set this up beforehand), tax (which can also be done before), a receipt, the V5C, the owner’s manual, paperwork and the keys. You will also be asked to fill in the new owner part of the logbook.
Congratulations, you now have your first ever car and one that is perfect for your needs.