5 things you need to consider when buying your first car

starter_mainWhen it comes to buying your  first car there are some specific considerations writes Geraldine Herbert

1) Size Matters

Think about how much space will genuinely be needed because the bigger the car the more it’s going to cost in terms of fuel and maintenance. So small is generally better plus it is much easier to drive and park a small car.

2) Basic is best

We all enjoy a little luxury in life but when it comes to first cars the more basic the better so opt for a manual car and stay clear of parking sensors or cameras.  Unpainted bumpers, mirrors and steel wheels will all be much more forgiving if accidentally scratched.

3) Fuel

If they are going to drive a lot of miles, you really should consider a diesel or a hybrid- car because the savings are significant otherwise a petrol car should be an option. Also consider an electric car; they cost peanuts to run and are easy, enjoyable and comfortable to drive.

4) Safety

Safety is a key priority when buying a first car so check the EuroNCAP rating, look for  four-stars or higher as the more stars, the safer your car.  Check out how many airbags are fitted in the car and the active safety features it might have such as Emergency Braking, which will warn you or even prevent you from crashing into the car ahead of you.

5) Running Costs

It is important to consider the costs of keeping your car on the road so ensure that the cost fuel, tax, servicing and insurance are considered.

 

Geraldine Herbert

22nd August, 2017

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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