Facing the purchase of the first car is not a trivial matter. What features should the care of someone who is learning to drive have?
A low horsepower car
To start, we recommend choosing a car that is not too powerful. A person who uses the car by city and some road will be enough with a power of 70 hp. If you already climb mountain passes and travel many sections of the highway it is better to choose a somewhat more powerful engine, but no more than 120 hp to start. There will be time to drive more powerful cars, but you have to learn first. There are even people who defend the limitation of power depending on the years of the card, as in motorcycles.
It is always said that a car with front-wheel drive is better since the rear-drive usually has more sudden and unpredictable reactions. Anyway, if the driver is prudent, he should have no problem and get used to the peculiarities of this traction.
Fuel, many say diesel is better because it is harder to get it. The truth is that some diesel is very sensitive, so the fuel does not seem to define. AND
A second-hand car
Everyone says so. Do not buy a new car because at the beginning it is easy to hit it, especially when parking. A new car from the beginning will force you to be more careful.
However, it will be much cheaper to insure a second-hand car in your name if you have no experience. When you buy your next car, with more experience, car insurance will be much cheaper than if at first, you are in the insurance of a family member.
We do not recommend buying a car that is too old since they do not have the minimum active and passive safety features for an inexperienced driver.
A Car with low maintenance costs
Novel drivers are usually young, without too many financial resources (there are always exceptions). That’s why they need a cheap and easy to maintain the car.
It is best to choose a car that is not too rare, it has sold a lot. That way you won’t have problems finding parts in a scrap yard, the mechanics will know you well and the arrangements will be faster. And as they usually coincide with the most sold models, there is more offer and it is easy to find them at an adjusted price.
A car neither too big nor too small
There are always exceptions, but a rookie does not usually have family loads and does not need a very large car, which on the other hand, can sometimes cause problems when maneuvering with him.
If you are going to use it to travel, better a utility is more than enough for you.
A car with manual transmission
Every time there are better automatic changes, but we recommend that the first car is with manual change for several reasons. For starters, if one day you are forced to take another car that is not automatic, it will not be torture.
In addition, you have greater control over what you want to do with the car and you better understand how it works. And if that were not enough, a manual change forces you to pay more attention to driving and you will have fewer distractions due to driving passivity.
A car without too much technology
There are safety elements such as ABS, do not look at a car too old. Watch out for reliability and the relationship between price and what it offers. Put efficiency before design.
There are things that will not help you at all to learn to drive, such as parking sensors, rain… They are very useful, but in the first car, they may not be the most convenient because you can unlearn what they taught you in the driving school.
Consider your budget and the amount you can pay monthly; Think about whether a new, zero-kilometer or second-hand car suits you more as the price varies a lot. Financing is the first thing the seller will tell you when you are interested in a vehicle.
You can finance your car up to 100% by setting the fees that best suit your circumstances, but it is important to compare offers and review the requirements: do not skip the fine print. Don’t forget to include insurance, maintenance, and expenses in your calculations.
Dealers have a profit margin of between 10 and 20%, so you can try to reduce the cost of it.