Best used cars Adelaide has for first time buyers.
The end of the year is upon us, school is breaking up, and for many High school students finished with school and looking for a job, finding their first car to buy is a high priority.
First time car buyers; especially young people looking at used cars Adelaide, should consider several points as they look at the many car sales advertised online. Price is very important to most young people, with some saving cash from part time jobs to fund their first dream car, while others may want something a little more expensive and will also be looking at their first used car loan.
Most youth wont consider safety over looks, so parents will hopefully give some guidance as to what safety features each model has when comparing several different used cars for a ‘short-list’. Running costs that include petrol consumption along with comprehensive car insurance costs should most definitely be considered, as for first time young drivers car insurance can be often very expensive.
The most important thing to keep in mind is also the hardest point for young people to understand. This is going to be the first of many cars you will own in your lifetime. Sure you want to look ‘cool’ and who wouldn’t want to drive a shiny red sports car, but how you handle your first car, car insurance and car finance if you choose that option, not to forget the way you drive and maintain your car, will set you up to obtaining your dream car sooner.
Cheap used cars Adelaide has for sale are often cheap for a reason. Often they have high kilometres, or are very old. This is when repairs are required, and can be expensive, so looking at a used car warranty makes sense. There are many cheap used cars under $5,000 across South Australia from used car dealers, but make sure you buy from a respected dealer, that has had the car inspected before they make it available for sale.
Researching is the key to finding the best used car that is right for your situation.
Search through the used car sales Adelaide has from used car dealers; not only near you but all over metropolitan Adelaide. The Internet makes it easy to find and compare used cars, and used car dealers Adelaide has. Take a look at their websites to see what they offer when selling their used cars. Do they have a good mix of cars at their dealership?
Knowing what you want in a car is the best place to start. Then you can compare the makes and models used car dealers in Adelaide have in stock, with the features important to you; and within your budget.
What you can expect for your money
First time young car buyers should consider their budget wisely. Most will have limited funds, or will look at small used car loans to begin with. The good news is that there are many small cheap used cars in the Adelaide car market.
Darryl Houston from National Finance Choice, the largest used car finance broker Adelaide has advise on what you can expect for your money with used cars in Adelaide.
Cheap used cars under $5,000
Take a look at small 4 cylinder used cars of popular makes such as Holden Barina. A stylish Holden used car with lots of modern features and excellent value for money. Used car dealers such as AA Family Motors will often have 6 cylinder models including Mitsubishi Magna, Holden Commodores and Ford Falcon. While they are not sports cars, they are cheaper to insure, parts are plentiful; and cheap and they have strong engines that have stood the test of time.
Avoid looking at unpopular, 8 cylinder and modified used cars, as they’re likely to cost more to insure and maintain. You will be looking at cars 10 to 15 years old with 100,000 plus kilometres.
Cheap used cars under $10,000
Generally, the more you spend the more choices of lower kilometer cars you will find that are also newer. Used cars for sale under $10,000 is the most popular price bracket for young people, and car loans are quite manageable on this amount for those on smaller incomes. Again look for cars that are popular and have a good reviews. Examples include models such as Lancer, Falcon, Camry, and Commodores. It is still good advice to avoid V8 models; apart from the cost of insurance and maintenance, they would have done many Kilometres for this price bracket.
Used cars $10,000 to $15,000
This price bracket for first time car buyers is when you make the decision to buy used cars or a new car. You can get a good quality used car, larger and perhaps more ‘cool’ but you can also get small new cars as well.
New cars to $15,000
New car dealers will often have demonstration models with very low kilometres to save even more money. Holden Barina 1.6-litre three-door hatch costs around $13,690 and there are many at Holden dealers in South Australia.
Top 10 Tips for first car buyers by Motoring expert Garry Dickeson
- Buy used cars Adelaide has of the make and model that best suits your requirements and budget.
- Bring someone older with you like a parent.
- Don’t rush to buy the first used car you test-drive. Compare a few then decide.
- Think about a used car warranty, those few extra dollars may save you thousands.
- Ask about the safety and mechanical inspection done by the dealer. If they haven’t done one, stay clear.
- Ask plenty of questions; at your age you are not expected to know the answers.
- Always get a copy of any contract you sign, and understand what you are signing.
- Obtain used car finance approval, if required, before you purchase your car.
- Insure the car with a respectable insurer, comprehensive insurance if you can afford the premium.
- Look after your first car, wash and maintain it. Good habits will serve you well!
If you are looking at finance as a young person, you may need a co-borrower on the loan documentation, so discuss this with your parents first before venturing out, and if possible have a parent with you to help explain what is involved.