Are You Thinking About Spending A Fortune On Your First Vehicle?

Posted by Ben Davidson about 2 years ago

Nothing beats getting your driving license and setting out in your very own vehicle. At last, you won’t have to worry about your driving instructor telling you what to do or where to go. Instead, you and your vehicle of choice will be free to explore the open road together. 

But, that brings us to an important consideration all new drivers face. What is your vehicle of choice? You don’t have to settle for your instructor's rust bucket anymore. You can choose any four wheels your bank account will stretch to. How does that sound as a reward for all your efforts?

The only trouble is, even if you can afford a top end vehicle, it isn’t always worth doing so. We’re sorry to burst your bubble, but jumping in with a high-end car is rarely a good investment. To prove the point, let’s consider three of the reasons an expensive first car isn’t the best idea you’ve ever had.

Your insurance premiums are through the roof

If you’re a new driver, you’re going to pay through the roof on your insurance. Sorry to break it to you, but those premiums only rise with your choice of vehicle. Going straight in with a brand new Mazda6 (the fastest SUV on the market) will see your insurance rising higher. That’s on top of the $27,000 you forked out in the first place. Instead, it may be better to stick to more modest options for your first year or two. That way, your insurance rates will come down irrelevant of your vehicle.

You have an increased risk of crashing

We’re sorry if this leaves a dent in your confidence, but new drivers also face increased risks of crashing. You’re still adjusting to the roads. You’ll be experiencing your first drive on the highway and your first trips without someone keeping watch. As such, there’s a risk of bumps and scrapes. And, that’s the last thing you want after spending a fortune on your wheels. To ease the sting, you may find you’re better off looking at used cars for sale at Don Wessel Honda, or at least looking out for cheap new releases. That way, it’s not the end of the world if your first attempt is a write-off. 

You don’t know what sort of car suits you

Right now, you have no knowledge of what car even suits you. You don’t know whether you want an SUV or a crossover. You don’t know which controls you’re most comfortable with. You don’t even know how many doors suit your lifestyle. By opting for cheaper vehicles to start, you can test these things out. You can replace your wheels every year if you want to, all in the name of finding the ideal option for you. If you spend a fortune first thing, there’s a chance you’ll be stuck with an ill-suited vehicle until you manage to save up for another. And, that’s not a situation any driver wants to find themselves in.

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