15 March 2019 ·

Buying Your First Car? Here's Our Advice! | Phil Gilbert Hyundai

Buying Your First Car? Here's Our Advice!

Buying your first car is an incredibly exciting time, but it’s also one of the biggest investments you’ll make. It’s an important commitment and one you want to get right. From affordable hatchbacks to medium sized SUVs and sports cars, consumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to quality vehicles.

Buying your first car is an incredibly exciting time, but it’s also one of the biggest investments you’ll make. It’s an important commitment and one you want to get right. From affordable hatchbacks to medium sized SUVs and sports cars, consumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to quality vehicles.

Knowing What You Need

Understanding which car best suits your needs is the first step. It helps you create a shortlist of potential cars that makes sense based on your lifestyle, aesthetic preferences and budget. Consider things like the size of the car and what you need to use it for. If you have a family and like to go on trips, your needs will differ from a student who lives in the city or someone who requires their car for work.

The car you choose will rarely be perfect for every situation, but it’s possible to pick which would be most beneficial for you and your lifestyle. Consider what’s important to you. More engine power or fuel economy? Off road driving or easy parking in the city? Safety or size?

Considering Cost

Your car needs to meet your needs as well as your budget. Ensure you can afford the ongoing costs of the vehicle you choose. A manual car is usually cheaper than an automatic and costs less to repair. If like most drivers, you prefer an automatic, there are other ways to find cost savings. Parts for specific models and makes are more expensive than others. Keep this in mind when looking at potential cars.

Smaller cars like hatchbacks are usually much cheaper, both in terms of initial cost and ongoing fuel and maintenance costs. The Hyundai i30, for example, has a fuel economy of just 4.5L/100km. A diesel engine can also reduce fuel costs; however, these cars can be more expensive initially compared to their petrol counterparts.

Buying New or Used? From a Dealership or Private Seller?

One of the biggest decisions when buying a car is where to buy it from. Car dealerships are often the safest bet and very handy if buying a used vehicle as they are legally obligated to be straightforward and factual about the car. This means you won’t have to worry about surprises down the road. All new vehicles come with a warranty and most dealerships offer warranties for used vehicles.

If anything covered under warranty goes wrong, you’ll be able to return to the dealership and let them deal with the problem. You can also trade in an old car to offset the price and access financing options to pay for the car over time. You may be able to get a car for much cheaper from a private seller, but keep in mind that once the money changes hands, you’re on your own if something goes wrong.

Great Used and New Car Deals in Sydney

Looking to buy a new or used Hyundai? At Phil Gilbert Hyundai, we have a wide range of new and used Hyundais at our Hyundai dealership. With two locations in Croydon and Lidcombe, we offer convenience as well as expert advice, servicing and financing. Visit our Hyundai showroom today to discover your next Hyundai car. Contact us today and call (02) 9735 8400 for more information.