what to look for when buying your first car
How far do you have to drive on a daily basis for work? If you’ve got a hefty commute, you’ll soon be racking up the miles, so there’s no point spending money on a car that’s already done 80,000+ miles.
On the other hand, if you’re just buying a car so that you’re able to pop to the shops every once in a while, you can probably stick to a reliable, higher mileage car.
For cars to remain reliable, they require routine maintenance, such as an annual service where the vehicle undergoes checks to ensure it’s in good condition. A service can start from about £100, so make sure you budget for this. Many cars boast a full service history, which means the car has been regularly checked and is in good working order.
Service history and MOT record
If the car you’re looking to buy does not have a service history, always make sure you get someone to check over the vehicle more thoroughly before you purchase it.
Petrol and diesel are both very expensive. With this in mind, ensure you choose an economical car with good fuel consumption. For more tips, you can also check out our blog on making your driving more eco-friendly here.
If you’re buying a second hand car rather than a brand new one, it is worth carrying out a simple HPI check online which can tell you whether the car you’re thinking of buying has been stolen, registered as an insurance write off, has any outstanding finance or has undergone a change of colour etc.
Car history and logbook
Also ensure that the vehicle you are buying has a full V5 logbook, which will be required to register the vehicle in your name and acts as proof of ownership in the majority of cases.