You’ll always remember your first car. Maybe it was the sense of freedom as it finally meant you didn’t need to rely on your folks anymore. Maybe it was a memorable first date on the backseat. Maybe you remember it purely because it was completely all yours!
Hopefully the reasons you remember your first car are good ones, and not because you wrote it off from too few driving lessons or because you bought a lemon. Let the following points be your guide to smart first car buying – brought to you by A Grade Driving School.
Don’t buy something that you cannot afford to maintain. Even a car in good condition can quickly become unsafe if you do not invest money in it and have tyres changed and the car regularly serviced.
Looks are only part of the equation. While we understand that young drivers want a car that reflects them, but practicality and functionality should be weighted more heavily than the way the car looks. There are many ways they can later personalise a car and make it their own.
Most young drivers don’t have the funds to buy new model cars so purchasing something around 10 years of age is often needed to find something within their set price range. Since older vehicles may often require replacement parts, purchasing Australian or Japanese makes compared to European cars will have a significant impact on the costs of servicing and repair and spare parts.
Consider the size of the vehicle, where it will be driven and the costs of fuel. 6 cylinder vehicles have extra power but the research shows that with 6 and 8 cylinder cars these are more dangerous for young drivers, not to mention an added expense to insure.
Learn to drive in a manual car if possible. It not produces a more competent and well-rounded driver, it also increases the number of cars available in your search. Manual models are also usually cheaper to buy and there is evidence that they consume less fuel
Look into the safety features of the car including crash protection features like airbags, ABS brakes and stability control – especially in 4WD’s which are more prone to rollovers.
It always pays to look into the history of the car. You can do a vehicle history check online to see whether the car has been involved in any crashes. If you do find a second hand vehicle you should always make sure it comes with a safety certificate.
There’s no doubt that a car is probably the biggest expense to continue to run, so making sure that you can afford the ongoing costs (petrol, registration, insurance and repairs) and these are factored into your choice of vehicle. These will vary and they should be considered when making a sensible purchasing decision.
When it comes to the cars we conduct our driving lessons in throughout Forest Lake, Sunnybank and the greater Brisbane region, all are routinely serviced and selected for their safety features so learning to drive in one of the cars in our modern fleet will not be a great learning experience but a safe one too!
To book a driving lesson, call Michael today on 1300 885 585.