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Buying Your First Car

Buying your first car should be an exciting process. Unfortunately, sometimes it can feel daunting or stressful shopping for your first car and it can feel like there are a lot of things to think about. We believe that buying a car should be a simple and stress-free process and this is particularly important for those looking for their first car. Whether you are looking for a new or used car - we are here to support you and this blog will help with tips on finding and purchasing your first car.


We are one of the leading used car showrooms in Bristol and have a number of used cars available for our clients in Bristol and the surrounding areas. We are also a SEAT Franchise offering quality approved SEAT’s alongside other popular makes.

 

New or Used As Your First Car?

 

You have the option of choosing to purchase either a new or used car when looking to buy. There are benefits and points to consider for both so we have noted the main points below:

 

If You’re Considering a New Car:

 

  • New cars are typically more expensive than used cars and will cost more in terms of road tax. Those that are concerned about the initial investment when purchasing a new car may want to consider finance options or purchasing a fairly new used car.

  • You should however expect to see far fewer issues with new cars. You will not have to have an MOT carried out for 3 years after registration and some repairs may be covered under manufacturer warranty at the start of owning your new car. Your new car should typically be more reliable and may be more fuel-efficient.

  • You can also lease a new car which allows you to pay for your car in manageable monthly repayments. You can choose to either return the car at the end of your contract or purchase it. If you know the amount of miles that you travel per year and have a full UK Driver’s License - you can apply for leasing.

 

Used Car for Your First Car?

 

  • Used cars are typically cheaper than new cars meaning that you can purchase a wider range of cars on a budget. You can also find used cars that are fairly new or with low mileage that can be a great deal.

  • You will be able to budget the additional costs of owning a car with an increased budget. Remember that you will need to pay for MOTs and servicing for used cars (MOT every year and servicing at least once a year recommended.)

  • Insurance will typically be cheaper for used cars as there is less capital to insure on the vehicle. Insurance rates can be fairly high for first time drivers and drivers within certain age brackets so this is a cost that you will want to consider. Insurance is required on all vehicles by law.



Choosing Your First Car

Choosing the model and manufacturer of your vehicle often comes down to choice and personal preference. Some people are looking for reliable cars that have good fuel efficiency and tend to be more resilient whereas others may be more interested in the look of their car and how it drives on the road. The great thing is that there are a number of new and used cars available. We highly recommend that you visit a trusted dealership as this can help you find the perfect car. You will also be protected under dealership warranty for used cars for a certain period of time.

 

Visiting a Franchise such as Holders of Congresbury also allows you to speak to experts. As these Franchises have been selected to represent their manufacturers - this shows the expertise and knowledge that will be available in the showroom.

 

We are one of the leading used car showrooms in Bristol and have a number of used cars available for our clients in Bristol and the surrounding areas. We are also a SEAT Franchise offering quality approved SEAT’s alongside other popular makes.

 

Having a fully updated service history can pay dividends when it’s time to sell your car and helps to understand your vehicle’s condition on and off the road. Servicing can also save you money as your car will be more efficient on the road. It is recommended to have your car serviced at least once a year although some motorists choose to have multiple services every year for their peace of mind.