I had my previous car for 9 years. In fact it was only my second car. The first car I had – my trusty Ford Fiesta I had even longer! I believe in taking pride in looking after a car and keeping up to date with timely maintenance. This will save you money in the long run, as well as extending your car’s life. Plus helping to limit costly breakdowns.
When you’re buying a family car, whether it’s your first time or you’re well versed, there are certain things that you should look out for.
Earlier this year I told you about my memories of learning to drive and buying my first car. That first time buying a car I was looking for a little runaround. Nothing fancy, but I loved my little red fiesta.
When you have a baby, your priorities for your car change. No longer are you looking for something swish or fast, you need a car that will keep your precious cargo as safe as can be. You need something practical and spacious. Of course, these cars can be swish and fast too – it just doesn’t matter as much.
Here are the things that you should look for the next time you’re looking to replace your family car.
Growing up I was always a bit of a tomboy. If you ask my dad, I used to know every car make on the road when I was about 5. I used to love shouting them as we were driving along. Of course back then there were not as many as there are today.
I was obsessed with cars! As I got older I kind of lost interest, until I was old enough to drive. Then of course you needed to know where bits and bobs are under the bonnet to pass your test. So my love for cars found its way back.
Now I love to pop under the bonnet of my car and check the levels are correct. I check my tyres often for wear and tare, and also my husband’s s well!
It’s very useful to know some basic car maintenance, so I’m going to share with you some tips I have picked up over the years to help you keep safer on the roads and to try and prevent a breakdown.
When I trawl through my Facebook feed there is usually some story that grabs my attention. I love easy reading trashy stories. They are normally from online news sites such as the Metro. At the moment it’s the Trump stories that keep cropping up. The latest one is that Trump is considering plans that will affect us all if we travel to the US. He is thinking about making all foreign visitors hand over their mobile phone contacts. What and earth is the world coming to? Were people in their right minds to vote for someone like him?
I know I seem to be getting off track, I suppose Trump does that to you! but going back to the Metro, I recently read a story on there that got me thinking about staged car accidents. A totally different subject to Trump I know!
Staged car accidents are carried out by fraudsters, that’s people with no conscience, are very selfish people and have no care for the innocent people that get accidentally mixed up in this. Fraudsters are in it for money. Plain and simple. They don’t care for the consequences. They don’t care that our car insurance premiums rise each year. They don’t care for the emotional distress that they have caused.
I didn’t learn to drive at 17. I waited a few years. Thinking back now I have no idea why. When I started learning to drive I was a scaredy cat. I honestly thought I would never pass my test let alone go out and buy my first car.
I remember that first lesson. My driving instructor was called Chris, a nice bloke who was very patient. I suppose all driving instructors need to have some sort of patience and calmness about them. So that first lesson he picked me up from my mum and dads and drove me to our local leisure centre car park. I just hoped no one saw me as it was across the road from where I worked!
I have had my current car for 9 years at the end of the year. It’s got fairly high mileage on it so will be on the lookout for another in the near future. But what’s got me thinking is how much mine is worth?
When it comes to selling your car, it’s important to consider its resale value. Many factors can affect the resale value, but if you are informed and prepared, you should be able to get top dollar for your vehicle.