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5 things I wish I knew when I bought my first car 

Buying my first car was a great milestone for me as I worked hard to save up for my car. I was so excited to get it and looked for great deals on cars everywhere. After all, it was my first car with my years of savings. I now realise how I wasted my savings on something that didn’t last in good condition even a year. Had there been someone to guide me, I could have invested in an excellent car or have kept that car in excellent condition for longer by getting a regular car service. Therefore, I am here to share some important lessons I learned the hard way when I purchased my first car, so no one else has to go through the same experience. I’m bringing you these tips as part of ATS Euromaster’s ‘I Wish I Knew’ campaign, which has been designed to help improve the knowledge of new drivers! Here are five things I wish I had known when I got my first car.

1 – Car Service

If you are buying a used car, check the car service history. Checking the car service history will give you an idea of its durability. Reviewing the entire service history also shows how well the vehicle’s previous owner maintained it. Buying a well-kept and well-maintained vehicle will save you from the stress of it getting broken down on the road anywhere. After buying your car, get an interim car service regularly to check brakes, tyres, and engine oil. Getting an interim service of your vehicle regularly will help you reduce its running cost and improve its resale value. Moreover, getting your car serviced is essential for your vehicle and road safety. 

2 – Pre-purchase inspection

Never buy a car without doing its complete inspection. The best way to go about it is to get expert advice about the vehicle’s condition from a reputable car service company. There are sometimes issues that go unnoticed initially in used cars, but you only get to know it when you start driving it. In addition, buy a car with mileage no more than 50,000. Vehicles with more miles will need more money to maintain in the future. 

3 – Vehicle history

Always check vehicle history before finalising your deal to prevent buyer’s remorse. I made the biggest mistake when I bought my first car without checking its vehicle history. Checking your vehicle’s history is an excellent way of checking the credibility of your owner and ensuring that your car has never been associated with any crime or accident. Just checking this one simple thing will save you from so much stress in the future. 

4 – Check MOT expiry date

This is something that most people don’t pay attention to. Often, people sell their cars just a few months before its MOT expiry date to save their money. You wouldn’t like spending your savings on buying a car and then spending a hefty amount on its MOT in just a few months only because you forgot to check. 

5 – Spend more in short-run and lose less in the long run

We often think about only the short-term benefit, i.e., spending less money and ignoring the long-term benefits. It doesn’t matter whether you are buying a new car or a used one, you are going to lose money on it after a few years. Furthermore, there are payments such as road tax every time you buy a new car so buy a car that you have to change less frequently to save on these costs. Just by spending a few more pounds in a good vehicle will save you from spending so many pounds in the long run. Therefore, invest in a vehicle you can use for years and maintain well to increase its resale value.

I hope these tips are helpful if you are currently looking for your first car!

This post is a collaboration with ATS
Euromaster, but all thoughts and experiences are my own