Passing your driving test is one of life’s fantastic milestones. You’ll get freedom like no other and there’ll be no limitations on where you can go or what you can do. However, getting a car isn’t cheap, and even after the initial cost of buying a car, you’ll have further costs to pay. It’s a long-term financial commitment, but it’s one that’s worth it to help you get on the road. That being said, that doesn’t mean that you can’t save a bit of money on your first car, and help make those running costs a little cheaper.
Here are some of the ways you can make your first car more affordable.
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Do your research when buying a car
You’ll learn many things about buying a car over the years, with age and mileage being important factors when ultimately decide whether or not a car is a good price. A used car is usually a sensible option for a first-time driver, helping you get used to driving without a huge financial commitment. Get clued up on everything you need to know about buying a used car to help you find a great deal.
Save on your insurance
Insurance for first-time drivers is increasing, and it can be an unexpected cost to have to pay after you pass your test. There are some things you can do to make your insurance cheaper as a new driver. You could take a Pass Plus course, as well as insure more than one person on your car. It also helps to shop around for the right insurance for you – there is cheap car insurance for under 21 drivers that can be found if you know where to look. Carry out plenty of comparisons to help you find a great deal.
Be a more careful driver
Driving is a big responsibility, and it can actually help save you money to be a more careful driver. You can cut down on car and travel costs by avoiding behaviours such as revving your engine, watching your speed and making sure you drive in the right gear. It might sound boring, but this way you’re not only reducing your chances of having an accident, but are helping to save money too.
Take care of your car
Regular maintenance will keep your car in tip-top shape. Checking your tyre pressure regularly, as well as getting it serviced on time will help reduce your ongoing costs, and can help you get problems sorted before they become significant ones. Remember to clean your car regularly too, this will help if you ever decide to sell your car later down the line.
Owning and running a car isn’t cheap, but there are ways to stop it being a never-ending money pit. Make sensible decisions and don’t take any silly risks. Juggling a car when you’re still a student in school or university can be tough, but there are ways to save money that can help you free up some cash to help you run your car.
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