Friday, 28 September 2018

What you need to know when buying a car

Seven months ago I made a huge life step and finally passed my driving test. I genuinely can't believe it's been that long already it's completely flown by and I've managed to keep myself and the car in one piece - winning! Now back when I did pass the first thing I wanted to do was get in a car and go, but it obviously takes a little longer than that. I sent off my provisional and prayed somewhere along the way they'd find a better picture of me than the current one (I look like casper the friendly ghost but less friendly) but whilst I was waiting for it's return I did so much research on cars so that as soon as it came back through I'd be well informed on what I'd want and what would be a good choice for my first car

Red audi speeding along country roads
One of the most important decisions I had to make was what kind of a car I wanted, did I want to fork out for a brand new car or did I want to take the risks of buying a second hand car. I toyed with both for so many hours because let's face it I had absolutely zilch experience when it comes to cars, If I'm ever asked what car I have it's a 'red one' so looking at lots of models and specs just absolutely flummoxed me. 

So I decided to toss a coin - well I might as well have because when it comes down to it you can never really predict cars I think mines got a mind of her own which is why Car Insurance is your most important purchase. It doesn't matter whether new or used as with good insurance from companies such as Aviva you'll be covered whether your new car gets damaged or whether your older car needs roadside repair, so make sure that whatever route you go down your insurance is top notch

I did weigh up some of the options of new and used cars and I thought I'd share my wisdom:

New cars are pretty aren't they? They're so shiny and have that new car smell, you know it doesn't have any hidden niggles because well no-ones used it at all. You'll always know it's service history and from day one you can make it your own. Insurance is typically cheaper because newer cars are generally safer and more eco-friendly. However that does all come at a premium which can be double or even triple what you can get second hand which is why I went down the second hand route

Second hand cars, you'll hear so many horror stories! About the people who spent pennies and wondered why the car didn't work after a week, what I'd say here is always do your research. Personally because I'm not an absolute car expert I went to a reputable dealer like Car People as I felt a little more reassured that whilst the car was second hand it had been thoroughly checked and tested and was passing with flying colours. I had clear access to the service records and my little run around had only had one previous owner who like me didn't seem to use it all too much. A smaller engine and a smaller car in general meant Car Insurance prices were reasonable and the car price itself didn't break the bank

Being a brand new driver to the road (because when you pass that's when the actual learning starts believe me!) I didn't want a flash expensive car it would have stressed me out completely. I opted for a cheap little second-hand run around and made sure my Car Insurance was the best I could afford to give me peace of mind. My car was planned to last me for a few years, I think maybe once I'm more confident I might opt for a new car that will last me donkeys years but right now I definitely think I made the right decision

Is your car new or second-hand?


*In collaboration with Aviva
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  1. Congratulations on passing your test! Personally I have always gone for used cars rather than new ones. New cars depreciate in value so quickly. And if I had one I would only worry all the time about it picking up a dent or a scratch!

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