5 Tips for Choosing the Right First Car

by admin | Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018

Buying your first car can be as intimidating as it is exciting. You can take some of the stress out of the process and make an informed choice by taking advantage of these five helpful tips.

tips for first car owners

  1. Know Your Goals

Your first car should be chosen primarily for practical reasons. While it can be tempting to try and get your hands on your dream car right off the bat, this usually doesn’t work out for obvious reasons. Something that is a good balance between what you like and what meets your needs and budget can be the perfect choice for a first car.

Goal setting can be a great practice in almost any situation, and car shopping is no exception. If you have a clear understanding of you want then you can be much more likely to get it than if you relied on your impulse at any given moment to make the decision. 

  1. Research Your Options

The ease with which you can look up anything on the internet can make doing research fairly painless. Because of this, you should have no excuse for not looking into a few options before you make your way to the car dealership. You can consider research to be the starting point of your search as well as a preventative measure against getting stuck with something that isn’t right for you.

You should research several makes and models you’re interested in so you can get a good feel for what you want. In addition to using the internet, you can utilize resources, such as friends and family members you trust to see what their opinions are. 

  1.  Test the Vehicle Out

Research can go a long way, but it should be no replacement for actually trying out the vehicle for yourself. You shouldn’t underestimate the importance of test driving. After all, you’re probably planning on spending a substantial amount of the time behind the wheel of whatever vehicle you choose, so should be something you feel comfortable driving.

A few things you should try on test drives are:

  •          Stop and go
  •          Freeway merging
  •          Freeway speeds
  •          Comfort of controls

It can be a good idea to take at least twenty minutes or more to try the car out. If the dealership is against this, then you would probably be better off finding somewhere else to take your business. 

  1. Choose a Dealership

When choosing the dealership that you’re going to be buying your car from, you should look for a couple of things. First and foremost, the dealership should carry vehicles you’re interested in. They should also be conveniently located and offer good service. Since you will probably be taking out a loan on your car, you’ll need to purchase it from somewhere you can get approved. If you can find a dealership that meets all your criteria then chances are that it’s the perfect one for you. Buying a car should be a positive experience, so choosing the right dealership matters. 

  1. Plan and Budget

Of all the work that goes into the process, financing for your first car is probably the part you’ve been least excited about. After all, monthly payments can be anything less than fun and it can be hard to get a good loan as a first timer who might not have a very high credit score built up yet. Luckily being able to get what you need can be entirely possible.

The most important thing can be that you consider how much money you are able and willing to spend before you start negotiating. You need to be sure that you’re going to be able to keep a roof over your head and food in your fridge before going all in on that amazing sports car you love. Once you decide what you can comfortably spend, then you can start looking for the right vehicle to fit those parameters. 

Things to Keep in Mind 

These tips can be a great place to start on the right path to choosing your first car. In the end, success can come down to planning and mindfulness about your needs and wants and finding a balance that fits your lifestyle as best as possible. You should have fun purchasing your first vehicle while still getting something you can be happy with in years to come.


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