Buying a car is always great fun; you do your research, set your budget and make your choice. When you sign the papers and get handed the keys it really is a great feeling! To make sure that you don’t lose that good feeling it is always a good idea to be prepared, make sure know exactly what it is you need to do and when.

Here are 3 things that I learnt when I bought my first car five years ago. Being over prepared is never a problem, but being under prepared can cause more headaches that it’s worth!

Get covered

It goes without question that you need to have full coverage insurance when you drive your new car, not having insurance is not only a very bad idea but it’s also against the law. You need all types of cover including breakdown cover, there’s nothing worse than when your car decides to let you down and you don’t have a great company to call that will come and help you out. If I was buying cover for a new car today I would definitely consider breakdown cover from the AA

Get more information

You need to sit down and read through the manual, study it because although it may seem boring at the time it is very important to know your vehicle – it cost you a lot of money so take the time to learn more, you owe it to yourself. Another good idea is talk to one of the mechanics at the dealership where you bought the car, they will be able to speak from experience and give you great insights into what to expect from you new car.

Get driving

Why else would you buy a car? You’ve done your research before buying, paid for coverage and learnt more about how the car works, so now it’s time to hit the road and enjoy your time behind the wheel. Driving the car will also give you a feel for how it moves, it might be different to the last one you had and may take a little time to get used to so make sure you go for a drive as much as you can.