Looking to buy your first car? This is an incredibly exciting moment in your life and the start of a new chapter, but you need to make sure that you make the right call and get a suitable first car. So, what are a few tips to keep in mind to help you to make the right decision?

Set Your Budget

First, you need to work out how much you can afford to spend. Keep in mind that you can arrange a finance deal to make the costs easier to manage, but it is not just the cost of the vehicle that you need to factor in. Other costs that you will need to factor into your budget include the insurance, road tax, fuels and maintenance costs.

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Choose a Brand With a Good Reputation

You also need to think about the brand that you are buying and opt for one with a good reputation. You will want to choose a brand that is known for reliability, comfort, practicality and performance and there are many great brands and models to consider in the UK.

New or Used?

Buying new or used is a tough question that every motorist faces. There are benefits to both, but no matter what you decide, you should always buy from a trusted dealer of the manufacturer in your area. If buying a Nissan, for example, then you will want to buy from an experienced Nissan dealer in Northern Ireland where you can buy both new and used with consumer protection and finance deals.

Check the Car Over

You should never buy a car without giving it a thorough examination first. You will want to inspect both the inside and out paying close attention to the tyres, engine, oil, mileage, electronic features and overall condition. You may want to bring someone along for this to give another set of eyes on the car. 

To be legal to drive the car has to pass an MOT, so it’s essential it’s working.

Go For a Test Drive

It is also important to take the car for a test drive. This is so that you can test the performance and that everything works as it should, but also to check that you feel confident, safe and comfortable while driving the car.

Get Insurance in Place

Finally, you will want to make sure that you have insurance in place. In addition to your car insurance, you may need to take out an extended warranty and look into GAP insurance.

Hopefully, this post will help you to find the perfect car to start your driving career in and enjoy this special moment in your life.

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