Buying a first car is a huge decision for both parents and the young adult who’ll actually be driving it. Motives can often differ however, with the driver typically being focused on aesthetics, trends and fuel costs. The parents, though wanting to take the above into account, may still be more concerned with safety features and mechanical soundness – and, of course, Car Insurance options.
These are only a handful of considerations and in the end both parent and child will need to end up with a car that makes everyone happy. As the driver you don’t want to be less than thrilled every time you get in your car, while as a parent you don’t want to stress every time your child gets behind the wheel.
Hippo.co.za spoke to several experts in order to get a better idea of what elements need to be considered, from replacement part costs to style.
#1 Lifestyle considerations
By Juliet McGuire of Women on Wheels
“One of the most important aspects of choosing the right car is ensuring that it suits your needs and lifestyle. If you’re an avid outdoor adventurer, then a low-profile, two-wheel drive sedan may not be the best choice for you. A related case may be the need to transport a lot of equipment or general items with you, which means that storage capacity should be a consideration. Remember that you’ll likely have your car for at least five years, so think ahead to what your needs could be down the line.
Other lifestyle factors to consider would be the obvious such as:
By Elrico Bellingan of LUXO
“Choosing a car is very much like shopping in the fashion industry – everyone has their own taste, their own sense of style and each person likes different items for different reasons. It is not something you should rush into. It requires careful consideration, as the decision you make when buying a car can have many effects at a later stage. The colour of a car is very important – always consider resale of a car – you might love green, but how many others are interested in that colour? Some colours are also more accident prone, according to many studies; so when in doubt – go for classic colours including white or silver.
Nowadays, everything is about thinking outside the box and being futuristic. The more modern or interesting the look, the more people want it and this is definitely the case with cars as well. But, be careful to not just choose a good-looking car – always do lots of research as what is under the hood is much more important than what the car looks like. Lastly, have fun! It is exciting and definitely a privilege to be able to buy a car. When you invest in one, make sure you are completely in love with it. Chances are, you will be spending lots of time in it, making valuable memories and having it with you for a long time.”
#3 Replacement parts
By Luke Borg of Part Source
“Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts tend to be expensive. Locally manufactured vehicle parts tend to be more reasonable. There are many alternative parts available, which come at just about 50% of OEM. Any vehicle with lots of electronics is likely to be more expensive than vehicles with fewer gadgets, i.e., models between 1995 and 2005.
The parts which need replacing most are the hardwearing parts:
Parts will be available mostly for locally-produced cars and only for popular brands that were manufactured between 1995 and 2010. China, however, is turning out parts by the millions and South Africa is a profitable market. My advice is to stay away from fancy imported cars unless you have a big purse.”
#4 Purchaser checklist
By Vishal Premlall of MIWA
“Consider the following:
#5 Buying second-hand
By Gary McCraw of NADA
“Whether buying a new or used vehicle, it is important for the purchaser to accurately define the specific needs for the vehicle, as well as establish the amount of money available for the purchase.
Here are some things to take into account when inspecting a used vehicle:
Above all, remember to compare Car Insurance quotes to ensure that, should any accident occur that you can recoup any financial losses.