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Tips for Buying a First Car as a Learner Driver: A Startin Guide

30 September 2023

As a learner driver, the prospect of buying your first car is undoubtedly an exciting milestone. It signifies newfound independence and a step closer to achieving that all-important driving license. However, purchasing the right car as a novice can be a daunting task. To help you navigate this process, we've compiled a list of valuable tips tailored to learners. Whether you're saving for your first vehicle or ready to make a purchase, read on for essential guidance.

Set a Realistic Budget.

Your first car should be a financial decision that suits your current situation.

Start by setting a budget that includes not just the purchase price, but also running costs such as insurance, fuel, and maintenance.

Remember that insurance for learner drivers can be expensive, so factor this into your calculations! 

Consider Used Cars and Do Some Research! 

For many learner drivers, a used car makes more financial sense than a brand-new one. 

Look for a reliable and well-maintained vehicle with a good service history. Used cars often come with a lower price tag.

Opting for a car that's easy to manoeuvre and park, especially if you're still honing your driving skills. Smaller cars are generally more manageable and forgiving for new drivers. However, don't compromise safety for size; ensure the car has good safety features and you feel comfortable in it. 

Fuel Efficiency

Consider the car's fuel efficiency. As a learner driver, you're likely to clock up plenty of practice miles. A fuel-efficient car will save you money in the long run and reduce your environmental impact.

Insurance Costs

Insurance premiums can vary significantly depending on the type of car you choose. Insurance companies classify cars into groups based on factors like engine size, repair costs, and safety features. Generally, smaller and less powerful cars fall into lower insurance groups, making them more affordable for learner drivers.

You could even consider opting for Black Box options to try help you lower your insurance costs for the first few years. 


Service History

Always ask for the service history of a used car. A well-maintained vehicle is less likely to have hidden issues that could lead to costly repairs down the line.

If you're going to view a car and already know the registration number, there are helpful apps out there that can show you previous MOT records that may give you an insight into the maintenance of the vehicle. 

Test Drive Thoroughly

Before making a purchase, take the car for a test drive. Pay attention to how it handles, its comfort, visibility, and ease of use. This first-hand experience will help you determine if the car is a good fit for you.

Additional Costs

Don't forget to budget for additional expenses like servicing expenses (Startin Group have bitesize monthly servicing plans to help you!), tyres, road tax and even a yearly MOT, which is mandatory in the UK for most road going cars.

Buying your first car as a learner driver is a significant step towards independence and convenience.

However, it's crucial to approach this decision with careful consideration. Setting a realistic budget, prioritizing safety and efficiency, and thoroughly researching your options will help ensure that your first car serves you well as you embark on your journey.

Happy car hunting from us all here at Startin Group. 

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