What to Consider When Buying Your First Car?

Whether you are buying a new or a used car, buying your first car can be a tough decision to make. After all, cars don’t come cheap so you want to be sure that you are getting the right one, one that will hold its value and meets all your requirements. With so many cars to choose from, its hard to be sure you are making the right choice. Here are some things to take into consideration which will help you to make your decision when buying your first car.

What is your Budget?

Before you start shopping around, firstly you need to know how much you can afford to spend. Your budget may limit the choices you have available to you. Even if you are buying a new car, the price is usually negotiable. Bare this in mind and be sure to shop around for the best price before making your decision. it’s a good idea to get an insurance quote before you buy to make sure you can afford the insurance. Also, calculate how much it will cost to run. If you’re working with a tight budget you may want to consider a smaller car, one that gets more miles to the gallon and costs less to insure.

What will you use your car for?

What do you need you’re car for? Will you be mostly driving to and from work? Doing the school run? Do you have Pets? If you do have children you are probably going to need a 5 door or a mini van with sliding doors if you have a large family. What type of roads will you be driving on? If you are driving on harsh bumpy roads or up and down steep hills you may want to consider buying a 4×4. What type of work do you do? If you carry lots of tools and equipment you might want to think about buying a van. Once you know exactly what you want from your car you should start making a shortlist of all the cars you like and can afford.

Where is the Best Place for Buying Your first Car?

It’s always best to buy from a licensed dealer. Buying from a private seller can be risky as there are no guarantees if something goes wrong. If you are buying from a private seller or from an auction, it’s a good idea to take someone who knows about cars with you. Maybe you have a friend who can help you or if not, take a mechanic with you to do a quick inspection of the engine. Always make sure the vehicle has a valid M.O.T and if you do purchase from a licensed dealer be sure to get any warranty or guarantees in writing, a guarantee is worth nothing if you don’t have it in black and white.

Check The Personal Property Security Register if You are Buying Second Hand Car!

Always check the personal property security register to make sure everything is above board. This will let you know if there is any money owing on the vehicle or if it is stolen. If there is money owing on the vehicle don’t buy it, there’s a risk that one day it could be repossessed. Also, always make enquires to find out if the vehicle has been in any serious accidents, how many previous owners it has had and finally, insure the vehicle before you drive away.

Covid -19 update
Driving lessons will resume from 4th July for all pupil following the government guideline. The following Covid 19 measures are in place for the safety of the pupil and the driving instructors, these includes:
Driving instructors:
All instructors will declare whether they are Covid 19 symptoms free at the beginning of each lesson. We will ensure all instructors have face masks available during the day should they need to wear one. But it is up to the individual instructors and the pupil to decide what they would prefer during the lesson. Our instructors will be using the hand sanitiser every 20 mins during the lesson period. We will have the car windows half way down during lesson to keep it ventilated.

Covid 19 declaration for all pupil:
It is vital that you only book lessons if you are Covid 19 symptoms free. For more information on symptoms visit the NHS website for more details and guidance. Be aware we will ask you at the beginning of the lesson if you are symptom free. The driving instructor can refuse to give you a lesson if you are unwell and will be explained to you why on the day.

The driving school recommends face mask but it is not essential. Please bare in mind face mask do not protect you from Covid 19.
It is essential that all pupil sanitise or wash their hands before every lesson and after. Please avoid touching your face and eyes during the lesson period. During the lessons hand sanitiser will be available to use. Please ask the instructor when you would like to use it.
We advice all pupil to wear a suitable clothing which covers their arms and legs due to Covid 19.

Preparation of car:
We will do everything possible to keep the pupil and ourselves safe whilst on lesson. We will ensure the car surfaces are disinfected such as door handle, seat, seat belt, hand brake, gears, arm rest etc and any other surfaces. To confirm that is it safe for you next for your lesson. Your safety is our priority!
The used wipes, gloves or masks will be recycled after each lesson to avoid Covid 19 transmission.

Communication during lesson:
At the beginning of the lesson you will be greeted by the instructor outside the car. They’ll be at 2m distance and will explain to you what will happen during the lesson. Any queries you have please discuss with the instructor. Whilst in the car the driving instructor will avoid facing you due to Covid 19 but instead will look forward to communicate with you. If it becomes necessary to give you any detailed explanation during the lesson Instructor may ask you to step out of the car once parked at a safe place to explain the faults or to communicate something vital with you about your driving keeping the social distancing measure in place.

We thank all the pupil and the instructors for their support and understanding and we wish all the pupil and instructors best of luck with lessons.
For more information don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay safe!

RSM Driving School