Tips for Buying your First Car

tips-for-buying-your-first-car5 Things First Time Car Buyers Should Know When Looking for Cars for Sale

If you’re at that stage in your life where you are considering buying your first car and have been looking for cars for sale, I have some advice for you.
At this point in your life, I’m sure, or at least hoping, that you have thoroughly thought this through. I hope that you’ve done all the research and I hope that you know what you’re getting yourself into as there is so much more to consider when buying a car, than simply the price. In an effort to educate all those first time car buyers, I have compiled a list of important things to consider.

1. Stability

Do you have a job? Are you financially stable enough to afford the car? Please, I beg you, before you rush off to buy the new car, please make sure you can afford it. I promise, there are few things worse than having a nice car and not being able to drive it because you can’t afford the petrol or, should the worst happen, not be able to fix it if it breaks.

2. A License

Now I know this may sound obvious to some, but you’d be amazed at how many people have considered buying a car without being properly licensed. Without a license, you won’t be able to register the car, you won’t be able to insure the car and, most importantly, you won’t be able to legally drive the car.

3. Cash or Finance

This is also an important aspect to consider as it will affect the smaller things such as insurance, services and car payments. If you have the cash upfront to buy the car, well done, you won’t have to worry about repayments. But, if you have to finance the car, you will need to carefully consider your budget. With financed cars, insurance is not optional, the finance company will not allow you to drive the car off the showroom floor if you can’t provide proof of insurance. This means, when you’re buying the car, you will need to factor in the cost of insurance as well as the repayments of the car, and seeing as you’re probably fairly young, insurance will be costly.

4. Insurance

When it comes to insuring the car, please do it. If you can’t afford it, you shouldn’t buy the car and if something bad happens, such as an accident, you will have to still pay for the car, even if it’s been written off, which means you’ll have to spend the next few years paying for scrap metal. If you happened to crash into someone, you’ll have to pay for their car as well, and insurance companies love going after people that owe them money. Also, the bigger and more expensive the car, the larger the premium. If you have no insurance history whatsoever, you will need to find a car that falls neatly into the lower insurance bracket, so you don’t end up paying thousands on insurance.

5. General Upkeep

Once again, before you buy a car, you have to make sure you can afford it. In this instance, I’m referring to the general upkeep of the car. Things like services and tyres that might not form part of the initial buying process or the repayments, but are essential, especially if you’ll be using the car for a daily commute. You don’t want to be driving down the highway, stuck in a 120 km/h traffic jam with bald tyres and worn breaks because you can’t afford to replace them.

Be Careful

I hope you heed my warnings and listen to my advice because buying your first car is supposed to be fun, but, if you don’t do it properly, it could turn in to your worst nightmare. My final bit of advice is this: you should only buy the car you can afford, not the one you want. It would make absolutely no sense whatsoever if you were spending a fortune on a car, a BMW for example, that permanently lives in the garage. If you are in the market for your first car, I wish you good luck. If you were wondering where to find cars for sale in Pretoria, have a look at Junk Mail where you will find a wide range of the best cars for sale.

Saskia Meintjes

Hyperactive, extremely realistic and addicted to reading can best describe me. Life is all about the good memories and sitting around will not create them.

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