What to look for in your first car

You are always going to remember your first car; some would argue it’s the most important one you will ever buy. So, here’s a guide to buying your first car so that it fulfils all your needs.


Starting with the obvious, the most important thing to look for in your new car is the condition it’s in. So, make sure to look at the exterior of the car, its paint job, tires, frame damage and so much more.

As it’s your first car it is advisable to bring someone like a parent or friend who has knowledge about cars along so they can thoroughly check it. There is nothing worse than finally buying a new car and then having to pay huge amounts in fixing it up!


Mileage is a debated argument when it comes to buying used cars. While it seems apparent that lower is better, some would argue that cars are meant to be driven regularly and ultimately it’s the condition of the car that trumps everything.

If resale value is an important factor for yourself when buying your first car then a low mileage is crucial. However, if that is not a concern for you then remember that mileage equalling better condition is only theoretical and it is possible to find a cheaper car with greater mileage that is in a better state.

Car Size

The car's size is a sometimes-overlooked aspect that can later cause issues. You may have a certain look in mind for your first car that leans over to the larger side. While it is very possible that you have no issues with it, it is advisable to consider the difficulties that larger cars can bring in regards to parking, manoeuvring and other such aspects of driving.

Starting with a car on the smaller side is worthwhile as it helps ease the process of you becoming more and more comfortable on the roads. Once you have become a more experienced driver then maybe start thinking about owning a larger vehicle.

Engine Size

For a lot of younger drivers, a more powerful and faster car is extremely appealing. However, this isn’t advisable. For one, it’s harder to control more powerful cars. The accelerator is much more sensitive making it difficult to make more precise movements.

It’s is also very likely that you will have been taught in a car with a relatively small engine, so making the jump up to a more powerful car can place you in unfamiliar territory.

Finally, more powerful cars consume more petrol/diesel and have bigger fuel tanks, so cost much more to fill up.


Price is an obvious consideration when buying a car, but it must be thought of in all aspects not just simply how much the car costs. You must consider how long you will be keeping the car, how much it will cost you to insure, how much fuel costs and how much potential repairs would cost.

Some older cars, although cheap to buy can be incredibly expensive to repair due to parts no longer being made. However, some newer cars can be incredibly expensive for new drivers to insure.

When it comes to the price of a car you must think about more than just the upfront cost and be aware of the other costs that go into owning a car. Luckily, we have a few tips for keeping costs low with your first car.

Although a car is a big investment, you won't often get the same amount of money back when you sell, so you want to make sure the price you are paying is worth the use you'll get out of the car.