You might feel overwhelmed with options and choices when buying your first car. There’s a lot of information about picking the right car, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. We’re here to tell you that making this decision doesn’t have to be complicated! Follow these simple guidelines, and you’ll find yourself in front of your new car in no time!
1. Auto insurance
Auto insurance is a must. Accidents happen, no matter how careful or how much money you have, and sometimes it’s not your fault. You don’t want to find out the hard way that your car insurance won’t cover repairs after an accident or worse if someone else hits your car while uninsured.
Insurance can save you money in the long run by protecting against financial loss after an accident occurs—whether that means paying for another driver’s medical bills if they’re injured (which could add up quickly), replacing damaged property like fences and gates, or repairing/replacing your car itself. It also helps protect against lawsuits filed by others who your carelessness may injure on the road—or even those who aren’t hurt physically but still seek compensation for their pain and suffering due to an accident caused by someone else’s negligence (such as failing to stop at a stop sign).
2. Not doing a test drive before you buy
If you want to make sure you like the car before buying it, take a test drive. You can sit in the car and see if it’s comfortable and safe. You can also take the car on some roads with traffic so you can experience how it handles different situations.
Another reason why taking a test drive is essential is because many people make mistakes when choosing their first cars. For example, many new drivers choose small cars because they think these vehicles are safer than larger ones, but this may not be true since small vehicles have less room for passengers inside and also provide less protection from impact during an accident (which could cause serious injury).
3. Ignoring the service records of older cars
If you’re buying an old car, you’ll likely be able to find quite a few problems with it. However, there are ways to tell if a problem is severe. For example, if there are no records of any service performed on the car in question, and it has been driven regularly by its owner, then you might be looking at a significant issue down the line. If this is your first car and you aren’t yet familiar with how these things work, do yourself a favor by having someone knowledgeable help out before committing yourself!
4. Buying something very cheap but needs a lot of repairs.
You might buy something very cheap but needs a lot of repairs. That is not a good idea because you will spend much money on repairs and waste time waiting for them to be done. It’s better just to buy something more expensive so that it won’t need as many repairs.
5. Not using a professional mechanic to have your car inspected
The first step to buying a car is having it inspected by a professional mechanic.
A good mechanic can tell you if your car has severe problems and whether the engine or transmission is in good shape.
An excellent way to find a mechanic is through word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and family who have used them in the past. You can also ask at work or on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram if anyone knows of a trustworthy mechanic near your home or work. A wrong-way would be searching Yelp reviews (or other similar websites) because there are too many fake reviews online—people get paid money so they can write positive things about themselves! This is not very reliable information because anyone with internet access could write something false about any business out there—you need actual proof before making your decision!
6. Buying some fantastic piece of junk without thinking about the future and your possible family.
It sounds like a fun idea right now, buying a car you don’t need and won’t drive far, but what happens when you have kids? Or if your partner wants to start exploring more than just around town? Or if you need to get somewhere in an emergency and there’s no bus stop nearby? Or even worse: when do your parents come to visit? What then? You’ll be stuck with an impractical vehicle that will cost much more than before because it will require expensive repairs (if it even runs).
7. Not being prepared for maintenance costs
Two things in life are guaranteed: death and taxes (and taxes due on death). You can’t escape paying them; they’re part of life! The same goes for car maintenance costs: no matter how careful or economic driver you are, sooner or later, something will break down – unless maybe your car was made out of Legos – so prepare yourself for these expenses by budgeting accordingly!
8. Ignoring reliability issues in the car model you are buying
Reliability is a huge factor when it comes to buying a car. Reliability can be more important than anything else on this list. If your car is unreliable, you will have problems that can be expensive and dangerous to fix. You will also have issues with the car being inconvenient or embarrassing.
9. Getting a car loan for too long a period
If you’re going to get a loan, make sure you can afford the payments. You don’t want to be stuck with a car payment for longer than necessary. If you’ve got a car that’s paid off and don’t need another, there’s no reason to extend your car loan beyond its original term.
10. Choosing style over safety, comfort, and practicality.
When you’re picking the first car, there are several things to keep in mind. The most important thing is safety. You want to ensure your vehicle will protect you if anything happens and be comfortable while driving.
You should also think about practicality and comfort. For example, some vehicles only have two doors—which means that it may not be easy for friends and family members who are not very flexible to get in or out of the car quickly. It’s also important to consider whether or not the vehicle has a good storage room for groceries or other items.
If a style is also essential to you, then, by all means, go ahead and pick a stylish vehicle!
11. Buying a cheap car that was manufactured before 1996.
You might think this is a good idea if you don’t want to spend much on repair costs. But for many cars, the OBDII requirement was not enforced until 1996, so older models may not have any way of displaying diagnostic information (and thus will require expensive repairs). So if you buy an old car that doesn’t meet standards and then have problems with it, there’s no way to know what’s wrong with the vehicle and how much it will cost to fix!
This mistake can be exceptionally costly if you decide to sell your vehicle later: since most people won’t want something without all its bells and whistles (including airbags), they’ll probably offer less than market value for your car—or even refuse altogether.
12. Focusing on aesthetics (style and color) rather than function (practicality, safety, comfort).
When buying your first car, you might be tempted to place style and appearance as a higher priority than practicality. After all, if your goal is simply to get from point A to point B as stylishly as possible, then why not choose the most aesthetically pleasing option? However, while this may be true for some people (especially those who have money), others will find themselves regretting their decision later on. It’s essential to remember that while aesthetics are important to us humans and therefore serve an evolutionary function—they help us identify whether something will be helpful or not—they aren’t necessarily indicative of functionality. You may love the look of a particular car but find yourself hating its ride quality once you’re actually driving it around town, or maybe that sports car’s engine sounds impressive but has terrible gas mileage, or perhaps that convertible is just too cramped for comfort when trying out for long trips…
13. Focusing on color instead of safety or practicality.
It’s tempting to think that the best car looks promising. You may have heard your friends talking about the latest paint job on their car or seen pictures of cars on Instagram, and suddenly you’re thinking, “I want my car to be just like that.”
But color is not a good way to pick a car for your first car. Color is essential when buying a new vehicle because it can affect your vehicle’s safety and efficiency. But the color decision should come after considering four other factors: safety, practicality, value, and fuel efficiency.
We hope this article has helped you discover people’s most common mistakes when buying their first car.
Keep in mind that there is no perfect car for everyone, but you can still avoid making some of these mistakes by researching before making any big decisions!