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Choosing a first car

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Choosing their first motor vehicle can be a thrilling experience for many young people, though it also brings up the inevitable question of - what to get?  Generally speaking, new drivers tend to prefer their first vehicle to be something pretty flash, wanting to show off to their friends and family members and hopefully annoy the neighbours.  The fact is, however, that buying a first car is still a responsibility and, therefore, a little bit of practicality also needs to be kept in mind as well.

The top of the list of practical considerations to take into account would have to be safety, given that young drivers tend to have a rather alarming habit of ending up 'parking' their vehicles off the road.  Cost is another important factor to take into consideration, especially given that the great majority of young drivers tend not to be overly flush with money.  

The good news is that there are some simple tips for young drivers to follow to make sure they do not fork out their cash on an expensive lemon.  For one thing, drivers should make sure their new purchase has a three or four star NCAP rating.  Four is the ideal, but never go for a vehicle that has less than three, even with older cars.

The length of the manufacturer's Car Warranty is also important.  Three years was the norm once upon a time, though these days it is not unusual to find five- or even seven-year warranties, though drivers should check the fine print to make sure exactly what is covered.

Author - Michael Barclay

published: 08/03/2012 14:00:00

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