First Car Tips
This first car tips lens is to show you some obstacles that you’ll face trying to buy your first car and how to get around them. Everything in life looks either too hard or too easy until you start doing it, only then you’ll realize its reality.
New vs. Used
Can you afford a new car?
As a first time car owner you still don’t know a lot about different cars and advantages and disadvantages of certain car makes. You’ll probably want to change your car frequently until you are comfortable with a certain car to stick with for the next 5-7 years.
You see, in the first two years of the car’s life it loses a lot of it’s value. Why would you pay for that loss in your first car? Let someone else pay for it and get your car two years later.
How to Pay for your First Car
First car financing obstacles
There are two steps for getting your car financed for you:
1. Fix or build a credit history. Without one you can’t get any loans. You’ll see some ads for financing cars for bad or no credit, DON’T GET FOOLED by those ads or you’ll end up paying up to double the real value of the car. Use this guide to fix your credit yourself or use this service to fix your credit issues first if you have any. But it will take you at least 6 months from starting to build your credit history before you might be approved for any auto loans.
2. Choose a car you can afford paying in full in 36-48 months and put 20% of its value down (pay 20% of the price as a down payment). Here is why: As mentioned above, the first car doesn’t last long with you and you’ll probably want to change it frequently. If the car is too expensive to be paid in full in 48 months and you didn’t pay 20% down you’ll owe your bank or lending institution more than what the car is worth (they take the interest first). You’ll either have to pay that out of your pocket or you’ll have to add it to the next car’s loan.
Consider Other Expenses
Gas and oil, together with regular maintenance are beyond your control as they are a must. Of course you can control your gas consumption by driving less, but you can’t avoid the ever-changing prices of gas. If you are renting (most probably) make sure you have a parcking spot included in the rent.
The one thing that needs a lot of research is the car insurance. So many factors will make your auto insurance high, and all of those factors apply to you. As a teenager your car insurance will be the highest. The type of car will affect your car insurance. Generally a full size sedan gets a lower insurance than a 3 or 2 door car. So keep that in mind before choosing the car.
Also, make sure you get auto insurance quotes before you buy the car, and compare different cars and different insurance companies until you get the best combination. This website offers some help with this issue.
IN A NUTSHELL
You need to plan to buy your car at least 6 months ahead. Start with your credit history, compare cars, and get insurance quota for the car(s) of your choice before you go out shopping for your first car.