Buying your first car can be one of the most memorable events of your life. The feeling of buying a new car that you can call your very own can be real special and often comes with a lot of celebration. But sadly, the naïve first time buyer is faced with a number of uncertainties, bombarded with merciless marketing agents, lets not forget the list of do’s and don’ts from everyone you know, right from your grandmother to the postman and anyone else you care to listen to or not! So where do you begin this, what you thought would be a special purchase but has now turned into something daunting! We would like to walk you through a few very basic and simple steps to start off with:

  1. Your Needs: Your needs includes where you would be using your car the most, the number of seats required on a regular basis, the terrain you will ride on the most etc. If you intend on using your car just for getting around the city and to and fro from university or work, a small car would be sufficient. Here, there is no need to get choosy about tires that are not so durable since city roads aren’t usually harsh. You would need one with a good mileage since you will be using it regularly. If you have a big family, then an SUV would be perfect. There are a number of SUVs available in a variety of sizes and budgets. Some of them are hardy SUVs that are great for using on rough terrains. These cars usually have very strong and durable tires. These are perfect for road trips and family outings though moving around this big car and finding parking places in itsy bitsy corners is going to be troublesome. The mid-sized cars are great for city travel as well as outstation drives that have terrains that are not too harsh. These cars could double up as a family car for small families as well as for individual use on a daily basis.
  2. Cost: What is your budget? Make sure you have your finances well planned out so you know exactly where you stand in terms of finances when you are looking at a car. If you are a University student or a fresher at your new job, going for a used car would be a good option. Used cars are definitely way cheaper (especially if the model was released more than a couple of years ago) and that broadens your choice of models. Many used car portals have convenient financial schemes that work out real cheap. When you buy a used car make sure the extra charges for servicing and accessories are included. Making up a used car could cost quite a it if you don’t keep a close watch.
  3. Find a Trustworthy and Convenient Dealer: Once you’ve rounded up on what kind of a car, get on listing out a set of dealers around your place. Check out all the dealers on the list before you zero in on one. You will have to consider these pointers even if you buy second hand cars in Mumbai on loan. The points you might want to consider when picking a dealer would be:
    • Does he provide financial schemes if required and how convenient are they?
    • Does he provide good service after sale?
    • Is he an authorized dealer?
    • Mode of payment they accept.
    • Customer service

Once you’ve figured out these pointers, buying a car would be pleasurable.