If you have not long passed your driving test then you may be considering buying your very first car. This can be a very exciting time for you, but it is important that you know what you are doing. Buying a car can be very expensive so it is essential you complete this process properly and safely to avoid losing out on money.
Stay Slow and Steady
Just like your driving should be, the car buying process should be slow and steady. Even though you won’t be able to wait to get back on the road, it is important that you do not rush into buying a car as you are going to have this car for a very long time in the future.
Before going ahead and giving your money away, you should make sure you choose a car you love. It is advised that you should go out and have a look at a variety of cars; this will make sure that you are happy with your final choice.
Bring a Car Expert Along
If you have found a car that you really like you should not be too keen at giving your money away. It is likely that you do not know too much about the mechanics of a car, to make sure that the car is safe and road worthy; you should bring someone along who knows about cars. You can then inspect the car to check that it is as good as it sounds.
History of the Car
If you are happy with the car itself, it is now just time to check over the history of the car. You should ask the dealer/seller for all the car documents, this should include the log book, current MOT, previous MOT’s and any other documents concerning the history of the car. If the car doesn’t seem to have that many documents then you should be a little concerned that the seller is trying to hide something. You should complete a HPI check on the car; this will inform you of any problems it has had in the past including whether it has been written off, involved in a big accident, whether it has been stolen and if there is still money owed to the original dealer.
If you are happy about all the information you have received and the car itself, then you should get some car insurance quotes. You will need to make sure that you are going to be able to afford to buy insurance for the car, if the car is too big or the engine is too big you may find that the insurance is going to be higher, making the car unaffordable.