Passing your driving test and then purchasing a car is a major life moment. However, finding the right car isn’t always as straightforward as it sounds. Here’s 5 easy questions so that you can make sure that you get it right, first time.
Does it meet your budget?
Don’t forget you also have to be able to afford car insurance, tax and routine running costs like petrol and MOT’s as well as the initial cost of the car. We recommend looking into specific car types and how much they are to insure and tax as this can vary between cars and can make a big difference to the overall cost. Do some research, set yourself a budget which you can afford and stick to it!
Should you buy a new or used car?
There are positives of both!
New cars come with warranties covering any faults which may crop up in the first few years. There also tends to be more finance options which means that buying a new car allows you to spread out your payments rather than an upfront cost. You can also personalise the specification of the car and have the peace of mind knowing that you are the first owner of the car.
Used cars are less expensive to buy and depending upon how old, can depreciate in value less than a new car. There are used reliable cars to suit any budget and there is no waiting for the car to be built and delivered.
Ultimately, it depends upon your budget, finance options, the longevity of the car and the availability of your chosen model that really determines whether you choose to purchase a new or used car.
Do you trust your seller?
Private sales can be more affordable but come with the risk of a lack of service of history and recourse if something goes wrong. With a car dealership you are protected by consumer rights laws which eliminates these risks. Used cars often come with a warranty for extra peace of mind.
How much do you know about the car?
When you do find what you think is your perfect car, there are a few key things to check:
Cars History (MOT history, service record, mileage, age, number of owners, any modifications)
Car condition (Paint finish, any rust anywhere, sufficient tyre tread, fault lights on dashboard, seatbelts functioning).
Take it for a test drive (Test- clutch, performance, brakes, at low and high speed driving).
Have you been to Pye motors?
Everyone remembers their first car and we would love to be part of your car purchasing journey. We offer our expertise and experience so that you feel confident throughout the process and can ask any questions.
Whether you are looking for a new or used car we believe in excellent quality. Many of our pre-loved vehicles are part of our locally sourced scheme which means although the owners may have changed, we know all the cars service and MOT history - you can’t buy a quality used car any safer than that.
Have the perfect first purchasing experience with Pye.