Helpful tips for starting your first car search

Whether you're buying your own first car or treating a loved one to their first set of wheels, there are a few things to remember to ensure you make a good start. Get your search underway with these useful points.

First and foremost, there are a few basic figures to work out that will help you focus your search in the right places. It's important to set a budget, and to consider how much you can afford on a regular basis for insurance, maintenance and possibly finance repayments on a new car. What's more, you'll need to keep in mind what you'll be using the car for (and therefore your rough annual mileage, engine requirements and so forth).

Once the above is clear, you can start to search models that suit your needs. While you will have certain preferences on colour and style, be sure to pay attention to core specs to get a good all-round picture of reliability and performance. There's never been more information at your fingertips, so use it to your advantage.

Once you've decided on the model you want, locate your nearest dealer or find new and approved used cars available nearby. It's important to see the vehicle up close, test it for comfort, and be sure to test drive it if you have the option. If it is a used car you're buying, ensure you've done full HPI checks to understand its history before you commit to anything.

At Lookers, we have a range of new and used cars across marques including ŠKODA, SEAT, Fiat and Citroën. Contact our friendly team today – we'll be happy to help you find your perfect first car.