Myth busting for new drivers
Once you’ve passed your test, the excitement of getting your first car can almost be too much to handle! There’s the paintjob to think of, customised number plates, and a whole lot of other exciting things. But new drivers don’t always have the best understanding of what they need to get in a new or even a second-hand car, so here’s our guide of what they should really be looking for.
I want something super-fast!
Bad idea. Apart from the statistics that show new drivers are more likely to be involved in a road accident due to their inexperience, having a super-fast motor as your first car is asking for trouble. Insurance premiums could potentially be very high and it might not be the safest model available. Opt for something with a good speed range that’s reliable – not the latest sporty number.
I want something that shows my personality! Like, with flames down the side!
Expressing your personality by modifying or doing up your used car can be really great fun – but it can also cost you a lot in insurance premiums if your car is significantly different from the norm. Why not update your car with internal changes – fluffy dice are always a favourite – or vinyl stickers that can later be removed?
I want a brand-new car! Preferably a car from the future!
Brand new cars are a luxury for a lot of people, and new drivers are no exception. If you can get enough money together to purchase a new car, then fantastic; if not, opting for a good quality second-hand car will cost you a fraction of the price and still be just as reliable.
I don’t want to spend any money as I’m probably going to write it off anyway – so I’ll get an old banger!
It’s a common misconception that shelling out only £200 or so on a beaten-up old car is a good idea for new drivers. If you’re a careful driver and look after your car, then a higher priced, more reliable used car is a much better option. Bangers always end up costing more in repairs and replacements than you ever thought they would, so skip the first step and get yourself a decent motor in the first place.
There’s nothing like getting your first car – just make sure you take your time and make some sensible decisions before you purchase it, whether it’s a brand new or used car.