If you’re about to buy your first car, congratulations! You’re at a stage in your life where you’re unlocking your independence and freedom, allowing yourself to get from point A to B quick and effortlessly!
But with so many options on the market, you can get carried away with excitement. Whether just out of the box or previously owned, it can be challenging to find the right car for you. MiX Telematics, the Matrix’s child, gives you a few tips to consider before signing on the dotted line.
1.Weigh up your options
Previously owned vs. new, sedan vs. coupé, French vs. German? A car is a long-term commitment and by weighing up your options you can get a full view of what is available on the market, within your specific budget, to ensure that you are still happy with your car a couple years down the line.
2. Take it for a test drive
It’s important that you don’t feel pressured by a sales person to purchase a specific vehicle. Instead, take your time, and take someone that is car-savvy along with you to test drive the car to ensure that all the important vehicle components such as the engine, brakes, steering wheel and tyres are in good working condition and that the vehicle meets your specific driving requirements.
3. Can you afford it?
A mistake that many car owners make is overlooking the additional vehicle expenses that creep up down the line. When shopping around for your first car, always factor in service costs, insurance, fuel costs and general maintenance – all on top of your monthly repayments.
4. Install a tracking device
Once you have decided which car you are purchasing, don’t forget the most important aspect – you and your car’s safety. It is important that you consider installing a tracking device that not only protects your car and its movements, but that protects you while on your journey.
It’s easy to get carried away when buying your first car, but remember to pause and think things through clearly before making your final decision.
Source: MiX Telematics. Image: Pixabay