What To Expect When Getting Your First Car

You will feel tremendous pride when you pass your driver’s test for the first time. There will be a lot of anticipation and many things you want to do. It will all be flying through your mind, but there are a few things you must do before and when you get your first car. Getting your first car can be so exciting and make you feel overwhelmed. 

Vehicle Inspection

The first thing you should do is get the help of a professional mechanic to inspect the vehicle. There are several things you might overlook or be unaware of and not understand what questions to ask—in these instances, having someone who has been driving for a long time will be beneficial to you. Even though you are most likely on a budget and do not want to buy a top-of-the-line car, you still want a good car that will last a long time and not break down immediately. Another crucial consideration is whether or not it has had an MOT and what the results were.

Shopping for Car Insurance

Then you’ll want to think about auto insurance. When purchasing insurance for the first time, be sure you know exactly what you’re searching for and if there are any methods to make it more reasonable for you. There are all different companies who will all quote you an additional amount. See if you can find a comparison site that lets you know the cheapest and the most suited for your needs. It can sometimes be higher in your first year, but it usually reduces as long as you have no bumps or incidents.

Organize a Road Trip 

Organizing a road trip with your pals is one of the great activities and something you can check off your bucket list. When you drive a car, the world becomes your playground, and you have the freedom to go wherever you choose. There’s so much to explore, so many hidden jewels even in your backyard. So do some study and add some of the gorgeous places to your list of travel destinations.

Cleaning Your Car

When you initially obtain your car, you must clean it personally. Put in some effort and spend some time getting to know your vehicle. Clean both the outside and the inside of the house. Everyone is concerned about cleanliness due to the epidemic, but with items like autos, you want to maintain them as clean as possible. You’ll need to clean every crook and crevice like the glove compartment and under the seats, as they are often overlooked.

Set Boundaries with Friends

It’s critical to avoid becoming a cab driver for your friends and loved ones when you obtain your first car. It’s enjoyable to drive your pals about, but you don’t want to do it all the time or have others take advantage of you, particularly if they’re not paying for gas. In addition, it can be pretty costly, and you will still need to use it to commute to school/work and for vital tasks like dropping your children off at daycare.

Car Maintenance

One of the other things that are vital to know and learn about when you get a car is a cost of running it. It isn’t a cheap thing, and not only running it, but things can crop up all the time. When you first get your car, you will need to pay for the vehicle, of course, then on top of that, insurance, road tax, gasoline, and all the other things you need to keep on top of like screen wash and oil.

It is essential to get your car checked regularly as sometimes things that could lead to more significant issues can be caught by a trained eye, so it can save you money in the long run from something as simple as needing to replace your oil and oil filter which if not fixed can lead to it ruining your car. It will cost you a lot of lot more to repair. Or may break entirely, which will give you the cost of getting a new one. 

As with life, things happen, and we can’t always control it; someone may bump into you, someone may vandalize your car, and in some cases, you get stuck with the bill. There may also be the situation that when you take your vehicle for its annual check, there are things that need to be repaired or replaced. You may even find that you can’t drive your car until it is fixed, which means you will need to find other methods to get to work, school, or the shops. So an important thing to do is make sure you have enough money monthly for the typical running costs and budget. Then if you can, put some aside each month as a bit of nest egg, so if something does go wrong, you have something to fall back on. 

If you do ever need something repaired on your car, sometimes you can look at sourcing the parts you need yourself, it can end up being a lot cheaper, and if you don’t know how to fit them, you may know someone who can. If not, you only need to pay the mechanic for it to be fitted rather than the part and have to wait in case they need to order it in. So say, for example, you need a high-performance transmission, source it yourself, and then ask someone to install it into the vehicle for you. 

To Summarize

Having your first car brings so much joy, ease, and opportunity in life. You can drive down to the beach for the day if you don’t live close, you can go wherever you want, it gives you a sense of freedom and allows you to see the incredible things the world has to offer. So it is essential to look after your car, clean it, make sure it is running correctly and make it last you a long time.

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Todd Smekens

Journalist, consultant, publisher, and servant-leader with a passion for truth-seeking. Enjoy motorcycling, meditation, and spending quality time with my daughter and rescue hound. Spiritually-centered first and foremost. Lived in multiple states within the USA and frequent traveler to the mountains.
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