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Buying Your First Car

Most people get a bit of an old banger for their first car. Most new drivers get the odd scratch or minor dent in the first few months, so it can be a good idea not to go for something too new and shiny. You will also need to keeep in mind that the newer the car the more expensive it is likely to be to insure particualrly for your first car when you don't have any no claims bonus. Having said that most people don’t want an old jalopy that keeps going wrong! Popular first cars include the Ford Fiesta and the Vauxhall Nova.

Where should buy your first car?

For brand new and nearly new cars, main dealers will be the safest bet. You will get a worthwhile warranty and you will be dealing with people who have a reputation (usually good) to uphold! Having said that there are plenty of options to buy nearly new crs advertised for instance at autotrader.

There are other car dealers who are not main dealers for a particular make but still have the same good reputation, particularly if they are a well established local business

If you buy from a Private seller, you will have little or no redress if the vehicle isn’t up to standard. BUYER BEWARE! is the relevant thing here. Having said that private sales will save you a lot of money and thousands of people buy cars this way and are totally happy.

When buying your first car consider these things

How many owners has the vehicle had?
Ask to see the old MoT's
Has the owner got the Registration Document (if not steer clear!), if so ask to look at it
Get someone knowledgable (preferably a mechanic) to look at the car with you
Don’t be pressurized into a hasty decision. Take your time to have a good look all around the car, inside and out. Ask to take it for a test drive.
Get an HPI check done to see if it is a repaired write off or if there is an outstanding car loan
Check the value of the car in Parkers Car Price Guide

If itn looks like a bargain that is too good to be true - then be suspicious!