Useful tips when buying your first car

Your first car will always have a place in your heart. Unforgettable no matter what, it is the key to freedom. That's why its important to make sure it's a good one, so you can look back fondly and remember the good times. This guide helps make sure that you end up with a reliable, suitable and affordable first car, but most importantly, a great one.

New or Used cars?

One of the main factors to put into consideration when you first start looking for a new car is whether to go for a brand new model or a used vehicle. The price difference in what you choose between the two is noticeable, as used cars are guaranteed to be much cheaper. After three years on the road, the price of the original car will go down 60-70%. In terms of initial money saving, this is the best option. However, new cars come with a longer warranty to cover you for breakdowns and repairs, which is not the same for second hand vehicles, meaning less security and possible bills eating into your savings.

Finance deals

Looking out for a good deal is a great way to steal a bargain. Certain offers may mean that you can find an affordable brand new model, that works out more beneficial than buying a second hand car. For example, offers such as PCP (Personal Contract Purchase leasing deals) include the cost of insurance in a single monthly payment. This cost can be fairly low and the plan will then leave a large chunk of the car's value till the end of the deal. Not to mention,  many of our car manufacturers make sure to offer a wide range of money saving and beneficial finance agreements to our customers. So we can guarantee you will find the best car that suits you.

That pesky insurance

One of the main set backs about owning a car is the behind-the-scenes costs that come with it. The insurance being a large feature in this, especially for young new drivers. With the average cheapest annual premium for a 17 year old driver being £2035 in 2015, it definitely dips into the bank account. Cars are given an insurance grouping from 1-50 based on the performance, price, safety, security and the cost of repairing and decided by Thatcham Research. If you go for a car that has a low insurance group you should have a lower insurance premium, meaning these are the best cars to go for if you are keeping an eye on expenses.

There are also a few useful methods that ensure a lower premium on your car, such as insuring a second driver, setting a high excess (the amount you contribute to repair claims) or including limited-mileage-policies. And of course the black box insurance can reduce costs if you stick to the speed limits and drive smoothly, you will be rewarded with a lower insurance premium.

Looking for your first car today?

Discover more about what we have to offer at Snows Group and find what is best for you for your very own first car. If you have any further questions you can make an enquiry, or talk to a member of our team directly and contact us.

Safety first

You are more likely to receive a latest safety kit in a newer car model, meaning you will have a more reliable and secure vehicle for your first car. Any current model should also have anti-lock brakes and the appropriate amount of airbags located in the front and rear. With second hand cars you can not always be assured these features will be included, and these are extreme requirements when taking to the roads in your first car. Another trustworthy and important factor to look out for is whether the vehicle has been safety assessed by Euro NCAP, a useful thing to check on the report before you buy.

Overall...

It is always best to do the research and check the reliability of the vehicle that you are interested in. Also think about how to make yourself more safe behind the wheel, by looking into schemes such as PassPlus that aim to make you even more confident once you pass your test.

In the end, a used car is normally the most likely option that a new driver will take for their first car. Although don't think that just because it is a brand new model it will be more costly. There are lots of benefits and reassuring extras that come with buying a new car, and all the offers and leasing schemes that are made available can make these vehicles far more affordable.


Snows Group has 33 dealerships across the South of England, stretching from Plymouth to Guildford, and including the Isle of Wight. The Group prides itself on its reputation and dedication to delivering excellent customer service, and is rewarded by the fact that over half of its business comes from returning customers. With Snows Group, driving becomes an experience, rather than a chore.

Author Sophie Taylor

Please contact Sophie Taylor using Sophie.Taylor.@snowsgroup.co.uk or 02380 707750 with all press enquiries.

Posted on 04/05/2017