Your first car: advice from a mechanic
We all remember our first car; mine was a 1976 260Z and I loved it. That was years ago and times change, but being savvy when you buy your first car is practical advice that will never go out of style.
-Research the models you are considering. Are there any major recalls? How many miles to the gallon will it travel? Remember the cost of the car is not just the sticker price; you will need to consider gas, insurance and maintenance costs. According to Popular Mechanics, the first 25,000 miles of a car generally costs $1,400 in maintenance costs on average. Whereas the maintenance needed during miles 100,000-125,000 miles costs an average of $4,100. Plus, sports cars usually have higher costs than other automobiles.
-Use your eyes, ears and nose when test driving. Yes, the radio is fun to play with, but for a few minutes, turn it off and listen for knocks, pings or screeching noises when driving on the freeway and city streets. Look for signs of neglect and any smell for unusual odors from the car which can all be signs of a car that may be in need of immediate maintenance. Also, make sure everything you can see works properly, like air, heat, wipers and lights.
Buying your first car is exciting! Call to arrange for a pre-purchase inspection with Lance's Superior Auto. This thorough & valuable inspection is only $100 - $125 and will help you make a more informed decision about the purchase of your first car.
Lance's Superior Auto Service
30775 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite D, Wilsonville, OR 97070