Buying your first car? You've probably already got a good idea of which one you're going to get.
Here are some things you should consider, if you haven't already.
Avoid fast, powerful cars
They'll cost you a fortune in insurance, never mind the petrol costs.
Also, speeds tend to creep up in performance cars, making you more likely to lose control.
Smaller cars are the best ones for new drivers. Insurance is cheaper, parking is easier and the controls are lighter.
Of course, lower mileage is always better. However, if you’re likely to just use your car for short commutes, you can probably get away with a car that has higher mileage than you’d otherwise opt for.
New vs. second hand
For many of us, a new car simply isn't an option.
However, if it is an option, there are some benefits. For instance, newer car bodies will be better able to absorb crash energy. They also have safer seatbelts and multiple airbags are commonplace.
However, if you’re a newly qualified driver, you’re more likely to dent the car body or graze the paintwork. Is it worth investing in a brand new car straight away?
Low CO2 emissions
Cars registered after March 2001 are taxed according to their CO2 emissions. So a car with a lower CO2 emission will be cheaper for you to tax. It will also be cheaper to run, as it’ll use less petrol.
Manual vs. automatic
Most of us, given the choice, would prefer to drive an automatic car, just because it requires less effort.
However, if you’re a new driver, you’re still learning to drive in many ways. Buying an automatic car could get you out of the habit of driving a manual one, before you've really learnt to do so properly.