Why First Time Buyers Need To Do Their Research

Wed 3rd Jul 2019

Newly qualified drivers are so keen to make their first car purchase that they often fail to do enough research ahead of buying.

A study has found that 63 per cent of new drivers failed to research their purchase properly, while seven in 10 admitted that they didn’t know what they were looking for in a first car, while 40 per cent didn’t even test drive the car they bought.

“Buying your first car can be very much a head vs heart decision, with drivers often excited and overwhelmed by the experience,” said Keith Adams, editor of Parkers, which commissioned the research.

“Our study has revealed a lot of people are jumping straight in and buying a car without doing the necessary research or carrying out the relevant checks and this can create problems down the line.

“Buyers who rush their purchase or don’t carry out the correct checks could end up with a car that has outstanding finance on it, is an insurance write-off, or has technical and safety issues which could put them and others on the road at risk.

“We recommend new drivers buying their first car do their research by reading buying guides, learning car jargon and speaking to friends and family to ensure they get the right car for their needs.

“With more than half-a-million people passing their driving test in the UK each year, there is no shortage of motorists looking for their first car.

“It can be a complex process getting to grips with insurance, road tax, knowing what to look for during a test-drive as well as the pluses and negatives of each car. 

“We advise everyone to do their research to make sure they end up buying a safe and legal car that’s perfect for their needs.”

Here at MotorDepot we have thousands of different cars to choose from, and our online assistants are always available to answer your questions or queries. You can even do you your own research by comparing different makes and models across our fleet of first class motors.