Buying Your First Car
If you’re looking to buy your first car from Shelley’s Auto Sales, there are a few things you’re going to want to know before spending any money. When you first walk onto the lot, you’ll see a lot of temptation: Big trucks, fast cars and shiny rides. But, for your first car, there’s something you’re going to want to prioritize over all else.
Ease of Maintenance
When it comes to learning how to care for your car, you don’t need to become an expert, but you should at least have a working knowledge of how and when to change your spark plugs, your oil and keep your tires rotated. All of this can be made a lot easier to learn right off the bat with a car that is smaller, modest and won’t break down too often. Luckily, these cars are usually pretty cheap, too.
Safe to Drive
A car that is safe to drive is always preferable, but this is doubly true when you are a new driver or driving the first car you’ve owned yourself. Not only is it just plain safer that way, it also looks good on your record if anything happens. If you chose a specific car exactly because it had such a reputation to be safe, that could be the thing that tilts the odds in your favor in an insurance dispute or in a court of law. Judges love to side against new drivers, and every little bit helps in proving to the world that you’re a safe, responsible person when driving off the auto sales Belton, TX lot.
Affordability comes down to much, much more than just the car or truck itself. Affordability also refers to insurance and fuel costs, as well as maintenance costs. The safer your car, the lower your insurance is likely to be, for instance. When you’re a new driver, insurance companies are going to charge you more, especially if you’re a teenager. The only way around this is in bits and pieces. You lower your insurance a little here by taking an advanced driving course, a little there by having anti-lock brakes put in, and so on. As for fuel efficiency, look for a newer car that gets great mileage, and then just keep your engine clean so that it will provide peak performance, ensuring that not a drop of gasoline is wasted.
We’ll be honest with you. When you’re a new driver, the odds are stacked against you out on the road. Insurance companies want more money from you, the law is more likely to take the more experienced driver’s side, and you generally don’t have as much money to buy the car you want and get full coverage insurance on it right off the lot. That said, getting your first set of wheels can be a liberating and enjoyable experience if you only take the time to do a little research and make sure you’re buying the right car or truck right up front. Feel free to ask the salespeople at Shelley’s Auto Sales any question you might have, and we’ll be glad to help you find the car you need.
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