Buying your first car can be very stressful. I was looking with my mum who is hopelessly clueless about cars, so I had to learn some stuff. I figured I could have done with a literal step by step (or at least a list) of things to know, so I thought hey! I’ll do that. Obviously, it’s different for everyone so I’ve tried to generalise this as best as I can.
These are just a few key things I have learnt - if you have a family member who knows loads about cars, they can be massively helpful. It may take a while to find the car perfect for you but it’s worth a long search.
Equally, it’s important that your first car is meant to be a bit crap. It’ll get scratched up and probably dented quite a bit. You may want to even have a car in mind for your second vehicle that’ll be more expensive - for example, my absolute dream car is a Ford Mustang but they are ridiculous in every sense of the word.
It’s also important to remember that every situation is different for everyone. If I look in my college car park, there’s every kind of car from 1998 Peugots to brand new Fiat 500s. An old car that has four wheels and a working engine does the exact same thing as a brand new car so go with what you can get, and what is best for you, without looking at what everyone else.
Lastly - don’t feel any pressure to buy a car straight away. It may be your financial situation or the fact you just don’t want to drive, but like I said before, it’s different for everyone. For example, my best friend isn’t learning to drive because she knows she’s going to London next year and will be using the tubes more than anything.
So, in short - go with what you can afford and what you like, don’t compare your car/driving situation to anyone else’s and only do it if you feel ready.
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