Cars are not cheap and you should not make this decision without thinking it through. You should also do some research and test the vehicle to your satisfaction before you pay for it. After that, you also need to make sure that you don’t do anything with it that you might have to regret later. This is why there is a checklist of a few things that every car owner should follow as soon as they buy it.
Get it Insured
It’s really important to get the car insured before you even take it out for a drive for various reasons. One reason is that it will protect you from unnecessary expenses if an accident happens. The insurance company will be responsible for paying for all the damages and repairs. The second and more important reason is that it is mandatory by law.
If you are caught driving without insurance, you will be fined at least $5,000 and your driving license might be suspended for up to thirty days. Buy good car insurance from a reliable company before you leave the house for a drive. Many people and businesses offer insurance with the car.
Transfer the Title
Make sure you register the car and get it transferred to your own name. If you don’t do the proper documentation work, the owner might come back claiming he still owns the car. If it is stolen or you need to get proper insurance, you will need to provide these documents and details to the police.
Remember, they can also check the register with license and insurance if you are stopped. It’s important that you have all the documents right or it might be considered a stolen vehicle and treated that way. Even if that doesn’t happen, you should be prepared for a hefty fine.
Read the Owner’s Manual
You should always read the owner’s manual of the car before you take it out for a drive. Not only will it tell you all about the features of the car, but you will also learn how to operate it properly. You might keep pushing something that opens automatically, affecting the integrity of its system.
It is not going to take a lot of time and it will also come in handy when you will take the car for repair. You would know if the car is performing the way it is supposed to or if there is an issue with it if you have read the manual.
See if Any Repairs are Required
If you are buying a second-hand car, you should ask the previous owner about the repairs it needs. If possible take this entire process into writing so you will have proof later. They might sell you the car saying there is little to no repair required and then you might have to spend more on repairs than the actual price of the car.
You should visit a mechanic and have him test the car for any issues before and after you have bought it. If you know there is an issue it should be resolved as soon as possible instead of leaving it for later. These issues only get severe if you keep driving the car without repairing them.
Take it for a Long Drive
You really learn about a car when you take it out for a long drive. Not just a few kilometers in the city, but a long drive on some empty roads. The goal is to test how well the vehicle is performing. You will really learn a lot about it and if you were misguided about anything, you will know it during this long drive.
You should try to note down the issues you see in the car if you bought it second-hand, and contact the previous owner about them. Another goal of this drive is to understand the limitations of this vehicle.