First - Car Buying List – Everything You Need to Know

Buying your first car can be exciting – but also overwhelming and maybe even scary. From the paperwork to the legalities, there are many pitfalls along the way.

Check out our tips for buying your first car

Choosing the right car for you

With so many options, you are spoilt for choice. Before you start to research any cars, it is best to understand your needs – do you need a city runabout or something more substantial to take you cross country.

Understanding the law

It’s important to always be sure of the law in your state – and what applies directly to you. Be sure to brush up on this and keep up to date with any changes. 

Ongoing costs

From ongoing service costs, insurance implications and fuel economy, there are many long-term costs that you should consider when buying your first car.


Most new cars come with a standard warranty on purchase, be sure to find out what is covered with your warranty and for what duration. It’s also a good point to find out costs of replacement and repair costs are for your car – especially if you decide to keep your car after your warranty has expired. If you are buying a second hand car, ask about the warranty cover that has been taken out on the car and if it is transferrable to you as the new owner. There are also extended warranty purchases that you can make – be sure to ask what is best for your needs and budget.