I never imagined myself driving a car. Thus when I was forced to learn how to drive, it took me months before enrolling myself in a driving school.
Now, it has been more than a year and as I look back, I would only smile and thank my mom for indeed forcing me to learn how to drive.
Driving can be liberating. The feeling I get when my foot presses the accelerator and my hand shifts the gear makes me feel strong and independent. The same feeling I had when we bought our first car.
Let me share with you a few tips in buying your first car. I haven’t considered many from this list simply because I do not know anything about cars. Or I let others decide for me. If only I could bring back time, I should have done my homework. Having a car can sometimes be a liability more than being a multiplying factor in helping us succeed. Good thing I chanced upon this site, Cars.com. The website has a huge selection of information that would help one make an informed and empowered purchase.
Buying your first car
Look at the second-hand market
Cars quickly depreciate in value, losing about 20% of their value in the first year alone. We got ours from an insurance company when they posted an almost brand new Ford Focus up for bidding. Almost everyone said we’ve found a good deal. But only after a few months of using it, we got to experience overheating problems. So lesson number one, before getting a second-hand car, understand the real state of the car and its mileage. Consult a professional.
Review maintenance and related costs
We were quickly impressed by the car’s look. We were all the more impressed by its voice activation feature and hill launch assist which controls the brakes automatically to help one start from rest on a slope. It has so many stunning features.
Sadly though, we never considered the maintenance costs including tune-ups, oil changes, and regular car checks. We never even imagined how expensive its parts cost on top of the fuel expenses.
Consider fuel economy
Determine your purpose in purchasing the car. We got the Ford Focus because we assume we will save much on time and school service fee. The boys’ school service charges us P3,200/ monthly per head. We’ve got three school boys and when we computed it, we would definitely save more if I would be the one to drive them to and from school. They also need not wake up that early as the school service would fetch them by 5 am. If I would bring them to school, we could leave the house by 5:30 am.
Given this purpose, we should have considered fuel-efficient models which consume less gas as opposed to gas guzzlers like Ford Focus. The model we got is ideal for long distances drive outside the city.
Secure parking space
We do not have a garage. We park our car outside along the subdivision’s street, leaving it exposed to the wrath of the birds, rain and even sun. My mother would often tell me to clean the car every day as the exposure to sun and rain can result in damaged paint work.
Make an informed and empowered purchase
Again, driving can be liberating. I like it the most when I drive alone after bringing the boys to school. I could increase the volume of the radio and sing along with it. I like the temporary freedom it gives me. But to enjoy its benefit to the fullest, it is but a wise to do your research, utilize different resources, and take your time when car shopping.
Ready to buy yours now? Enjoy and see you on the road!
Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.