Newly Passed Drivers: What To Look For When Buying Your First Car

In a 2006 episode of the animated sitcom Family Guy (which is of course beloved the world over by college students and 14 year old boys), Peter Griffin, the father of the family in question, takes his teenage daughter Meg to buy a car. While Meg is rather sensibly interested in a used sedan, her father becomes distracted by an old tank that happens to be on the sales lot, and ultimately chooses it over the sedan; won over by its ability to protect from short-range missile attacks… something the sedan is sadly not able to do. Many first time drivers will make the trip to the sales lot with their parents, since a large part of the vehicles financing will come straight from the Bank of Mom and Dad. While the newly passed driver and their parents might disagree on which car to buy, there are a number of things that should be mandatory, although protection from short-range missile attacks probably isn’t one of them.

The Money Side of Things (Now)
Whether you’re getting financial assistance from your family or if you’ve saved the money yourself, it’s important to keep to a budget. Remember that there’s often some flexibility when it comes to a cars sticker price, so you can often negotiate a reasonable discount. Don’t be tempted to borrow money from a financial provider, since many companies that offer easy credit to those without much of a credit history also charge hefty fees and have a high percentage rate on repayments- you’ll often end up paying back many times more than what you borrowed.
The Money Side of Things (In The Future)
Once you’ve checked out a few different sales lots and websites and narrowed the field, it’s a good idea to do a bit of research on the models of car that are the front-runners. What’s the cars safety record like? Is it competitive when it comes to fuel efficiency? You need to be careful not to end up with a gas-guzzler that’s prone to breaking down a lot, since it will be a constant financial drain. The history of a vehicles make might not be so obvious when choosing a new car (as opposed to one that’s been on the road for a few years), so this is something to mindful about. It’s also a good idea to stay away from obscure manufacturers, since any car parts you might need in the future will be difficult to track down, as well as expensive.
You Can Never Be Too Careful
While most dealers are reputable, it’s a great idea to be extra careful before making an offer on a used vehicle. When your car search is down to the final couple of contenders, you might want to consider having them inspected by a certified mechanic. While the car in question might have an impeccable safety record, the previous owner might not have looked after it as well as you plan to, and so getting a professional to identify any issues can be very reassuring.
Whether you’re looking for new cars in Cincinnati, or a used tank in Rhode Island, there are many options available for the newly passed driver. The important thing is to do your homework, so you can end up with a great car that will serve you well in the years to come.
About The Author :
George Watts
This guest post was written by George Watts. He is a freelance writer who shares his lifestyle tips on various blogs.

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