Choosing Your First Car: The Process

It is an exciting time for every first-time driver, and the first thought that comes into your head is, what car will I drive? The whole process of buying a car is exciting, from starting to look at cars to the feeling of independence when you drive away from the dealership.

Before you can fully embrace the excitement, there are certain factors that must be considered before buying your first car.


It is important to have a set budget or rough figure of the amount you are willing to spend. There is a lot more to consider than just the payment of the car. It is hugely important to factor in the tax, insurance, NCT and general running costs of the car into your budget. Once you have a set budget you can then decide what type of car you want.

Choosing first car tips

What Type/Engine Size

Depending on the drivers experience, it is recommended that first time or inexperienced drivers start off with a smaller sized engine. The type of drivin you will be doing also plays a part in the car you should buy. Will it be for short distances? Will you be commuting to school/college/work? Will you mainly be driving in the city or the country? By answering all of these questions it will give you an idea of the type of car you will buy e.g. petrol, diesel, hybrid, electric. Want to know even more about hybrids and electric cars? We have all the information you need here!

Shop Around

Once you have decided on your budget and the type of car you want it is time to start shopping around. This is arguably the most enjoyable part of the process. Cars can be bought in many forms such as, through dealerships, privately bought or online. It is important to do your research and weigh up all of your options. There are many things that must be considered when comparing cars such as mileage, any damage to the car, valid road tax and NCT, service history, car specifications etc.

Dealer Or Private

It is a general theory that buying a car from a dealership is a much safer option than buying privately. There are many advantages to buying from a dealership rather than privately such as a warranty, offering finance options and more transparency and accountability when buying a car.

Here at WhichCar, we wanted to make the process as simple as possible for you! That’s why we’ve pulled together cars from some of the top dealerships in Ireland all in one space. Each of these dealers offers flexible financing options, full quality health checks and warranty on all of their cars so it couldn’t be safer.

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