Hodgson Tips for First Time Car Buyers​

Are you looking for a first car and don’t know where to start your journey? You are not alone. Finding a car that is affordable to insure, safe to drive and cheap to run can be very challenging.

There’s a lot of different costs that comes together with the new car feeling and we want you to be aware of that when choosing your first car.

At Hodgson Motor Group, our aim is to help people to find the right match. There’s no better feeling that your customer calling you a few weeks later to tell you he’s made by far the best decision choosing that car. Today, we’d like to help you choose your perfect car and we offer you our tips.​


MILEAGE

Before you start your search, decide how many miles you will be doing on a daily basis. As various contracts and options are available, lower mileage allowance could save you a few pounds and offer a slightly cheaper finance deal.

CAR INSURANCE

Depending if you are a young first time car buyer or an experienced driver who hasn't owned a vehicle before, car insurance is one of the biggest expanses after the vehicle itself. This is incredibly important to young drivers whose first insurance will likely be higher and decrease with experience and years of ‘no bonus’ claims. Our tip: Keep your car simple (additional upgrades or modifications normally increase insurance prices) and engine small.

SAFETY

Safety comes first, whether you are a new driver or not, to keep yourself and your beloved ones safe in a car is a must. Moreover, being a new driver can be challenging and accidents do occur while you are learning. Our tip: Go for a car that’s got good Euro NCAP rate. It will make you feel safer on the road and your mum will not be worrying as much!

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ROAD TAX

Currently if you have got a car with less than 100g/km CO2 emissions, you don’t have to pay any road tax. These rates will be changing in April 2017 (Find out more here) but it will still depend on CO2 emissions how high your Road Tax charges will be. Our tip: Always go for a vehicle with lower CO2 emissions or even consider buying a hybrid which contributes to cheaper Road Tax as well as lower fuel spend… and that’s extra money for going out, right?

TYRES

Tyres are incredibly important. If you don’t look after it properly, it could turn into an expensive bill. A few things to remember about tyres are: 1) Check your tyre pressure from time to time. Under/over inflation can increase wear and tear, and ruin your tyres quicker so as fast driving or breaking. Promote gentle driving and your tyres will last you longer! Last but not least important, check if there’s any uneven tread wear as incorrect wheel alignment will cut tyre life dramatically.

MOT

Another thing to consider when buying a vehicle is an MOT. If you are buying a brand new vehicle, MOT is only required after 3 years. So don’t go for a car that might be cheap but 10 years old. Why? You’ll have to look after your MOT, warranty will be out of date and it’s most likely that a few parts of the vehicle are going to need changing soon.

SERVICING

Servicing is inevitable to keep the car in its best shape but most cars only need a service once a year so try to budget for it. Moreover, at Hodgson Motor Group we’ve got flexible service plans that would allow you to pay low monthly payments for your service without having to put in a big amount of money when that time comes.

FUEL

You can’t have a car without fuel. It’s very expensive and necessary part when having a car. If you choose a car with good fuel consumption or even a hybrid, it could save you a good amount of money!

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Check our latest 0% APR offers here or look through our list of vehicles that are cheap to run, insure and easy to drive:



Toyota Yaris

Compact size

Low insurance group

Hybrid version available (Eco-friendly and more economical)

5-year warranty

Find out the latest offers on Yaris here

Toyota Yaris



Toyota Aygo

Compact size

Low insurance group

Affordable monthly payments

Low running costs

5-year warranty

Find out the latest offers on Aygo here

Toyota Aygo



Suzuki Celerio

Compact size

Low insurance group

Affordable monthly payments

Low running costs

Find out the latest offers on Celerio here

Suzuki Celerio



Suzuki Swift

Compact size

Low insurance group

Affordable monthly payments

Low running costs

Find out the latest offers on Swift here

Suzuki Swift



Mazda2

Compact size

Low running costs

Cheapest vehicle in Mazda range

Find out the latest offers on Mazda2 here

Mazda2 Range

If you have any more questions or would like additional help while choosing your first car, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can call us by phone or Make an enquiry online using our website form: Contact Hodgson Motor Group

Hodgson Tips For First Time Car Buyers