Tips for Buying Your First Car

Posted on May 28, 2012


There are few better feelings than the freedom of passing your driving test. No longer having to rely on rides from friends or parents, or public transport: can there be anything better?

Before you can cast off the shackles of yesterday, you first need to go through the stress of choosing and buying a car. This isn’t something that should be rushed into: your car is going to be a close friend over the next few years. You’re going to be spending a lot of time together, so you’ll want to make sure you have a relationship that works.

Buy used instead of new

You’ve probably already been told this by your parents, teachers, and worldly friends: when you buy a brand new car, its value decreases dramatically in the first 12 months. Protect your investment and save money by purchasing a car that’s a few years old. This way you won’t need to face such a dramatic drop in price. But do be wary…

Check the history of a used car before buying

If the used car you’re purchasing hasn’t been looked after in the past, it could end up costing you a lot of money in servicing. Small things, like having to repair windshield chips can really add up. So before buying the car, make sure you ask the dealer:

–          How many previous owners the car has had

–          What the mileage is (15,000 miles per year is acceptable)

–          If you can see the service history

–          If you can take the car for a test drive

Covering those bases means that there shouldn’t be any nasty surprises in the future. The test drive is particularly important for making sure that the car is a good fit to you, and that parts like the brake pads are in good condition.


If a car has had a lot of owners, or has done too many miles, it is likely to age faster or behave like a car that is older. If you think that you are being fooled, stand firm on the price that you want. Car dealers generally put the price a little higher than the car is worth because they want to take a chance on people accepting it at face value. .Use the information you’ve found about previous owners and the service history to get them to reduce the price. If they won’t budge at all then it’s likely that you’ve got a good deal, but use a car price check website just to be sure.

Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing company on a range of topics. This article links back to

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