Words by, Peter Minkoff
Photography by, Justin Quebral
The article below is a featured guest post enunciated, and written by lifestyle writer at Men-Ual magazine UK, Peter Minkoff. Specially written for www.igeeokafor.com. Edited and Approved by, Igee Okafor.
It turns out that there is some adult stuff that is actually exciting. Buying your first car is the prime example of this. The only problem is that it is also a big purchase you do not want to mess up. So, there is a lot of ground to cover here. Firstly, you must assess your needs and preferences. It is also a good idea to set up a budget and educate yourself beforehand. After all, you are about to enter the labyrinth of decision-making under pressure to make the right call on each turn. This may already seem like a daunting task, but do not fret. Here are some car-buying tips to make the most of your time behind the wheel.
- The Journey Starts With Self Discovery
The first thing to do is get your priorities straight. Ask yourself, what is the main goal you want to achieve? Likewise, what are the features you want included: a killer audio system, an advanced safety system, some high tech, or leather seats? Establish your non-negotiables before considering bells and whistles that would be nice to have. Without prior deliberation, do not even think about setting foot in the car dealership. I would prioritize reliability and safety the first time around.
Next, get clear on what type of car you really want. This step will narrow down your search and make things a lot easier. So, what suits your needs the best, a mean luxury car, an SUV, or a small compact vehicle? The answer depends on whether you want to use the car for your job, to cruise around the city, or go on off-road and camping escapades. Bear in mind that the size affects not only storage space, but things like the amount of money you are going to spend on gas.
- Addressing Financial Matters
Furthermore, decide what makes more sense, buying a new or used car. Both options have their pros and cons you should weigh. New cars are more expensive and they decrease in value fast. On the other hand, if you opt for used vehicles, you pay less, but also have to manage some additional risk. Namely, make sure to select models with warranties as well as certificates from dealers or manufacturers. Also, have the used car checked and inspected by a professional.
To make the right call, determine how much you (or your parents) can afford to spend. Sellers always try to inflate prices, so it is up to you to see through their attempts to pull a fast one on you. Do your research and reinforce your bargaining position. Figure out exactly how much the car is worth and factor in the depreciation of its value. Never accept the first offer you receive. Lower it until you are comfortable with the figure or to the point when sellers dig in their heels.
- Form and Function
Of course, you want a car that you feel is right for you, the one that speaks to your sense of style. Alas, merely trusting your gut could lead to costly mistakes. Note that one of the most common mistakes is focusing on the aesthetics too much and losing sight of what is under the hood. There is a myriad of moving parts that make or break a car, but if you lack technical know-how, do not worry. Consult a mobile mechanic to stay on the safe side and avoid problems down the road.
Finally, only once you have addressed the technical side of things, you should start thinking about the vibes the car is emitting and the revered cool factor. Here, there are no hard rules, so go for whatever rocks your world. When you set your eyes on a model that seems like a dream come true, ask for a test drive and navigate the car as you would in everyday life. If it holds up, well, you can have fun and start reaping all the benefits of owning a four-wheeler.
- Set The Wheels Into Motion
A car is a great lifestyle centerpiece, but also a big financial commitment. Therefore, do your homework before embarking on a buying adventure. Know what you are looking for. Separate the must-haves from the nice-to-haves. You should aim at a vehicle that will match your wants and needs for years to come. Stick up for yourself and avoid the common pitfalls that first-time buyers make. And once you acquire the keys, it is time to celebrate. No better way to do it than hitting the road and immersing in the driving experience at its finest, watching the world race by.
Thank you for reading!