Getting behind the wheel of a brand new car can be one of the best things in life and one of those memorable moments that you’re sure never to forget. However, while taking to the roads in your own set of wheels is fun, and opens up all kinds of freedoms, it can also be expensive, so you need to make sure you budget for the costs and prepare for unexpected problems along the way. By problems, we’re talking about technical issues and repairs. Here are some of the things you should be thinking about.
Buying a car
So, you’ve decided to buy a car, but you don’t know what to get or where to get it from. Firstly, you need to weigh up how much money you have to spend and the kind of car you can afford. Are you looking to buy a brand-new model hot out of the factory? Do you want to get a second-hand vehicle, that’s already had a couple of owners, which is going to be cheaper?
Or maybe you don’t want to buy a car outright, to begin with. There are lots of financing options out there now, where you pay monthly for a brand-new model. Check out the deals online or at your local garages.
The key thing is to get some wheels that you can afford and can maintain. You may have dreamt of driving around town in an open-top cabriolet, but can you really sustain that, and is it really practical for where you live and your normal use? Think carefully before you make a decision. Look at the price, engine size, and efficiency.
Don’t forget insurance!
Having your own car means you also need to make sure you get some insurance in place as required by law. Shop around for a policy that meets your individual needs. Ask friends and family for recommendations or go online to get some quotes at Thirdpartyinsuranceclaimsingapore.com – they are super good at helping Singaporean drivers successfully file a 3rd party claim
If you’re buying a second-hand car, don’t jump into a deal without checking the vehicle’s maintenance history. The last thing you want to do is to hand over cash, and then two days later, things start falling apart – in a big way! When looking at cars, ask to see the paperwork, have a good look around the vehicles and test drive them. You may also want to grab a mechanic or another expert to take a look for you, to be sure that you’re not investing in a pile of junk!
Keeping your car healthy
Once you’ve bought a car, you need to look after it, like you would with any other big purchase. Vehicles have a habit of going wrong when you least want them to. Also check regularly the car and any other things that need to replace. To limit any technical issues, make sure your car has regular checks such as engine oil, car battery, tires alignment & air, any dent or scratch, and, of course, goes through all the necessary tests each year.
Try and find yourself a reputable garage or mechanic who can repair your car when you need it, and find someone you can trust and turn to when needed. There are specialist repair companies in most towns and cities, including mini mechanics.