What are the best first cars to buy?

It’s one of the biggest moments we look forward to, buying our first ever car. Buying a car is one of the biggest financial choices we make next to buying a house, but many first-time car buyers fall into the trap of buying a car that doesn't fit their needs.

So for first time car buyers, what is the best first car to buy? Should you look to buy a car when you get your L’s or should you wait until you get your P plate license? There are positives and negatives for both choices but one thing is for sure - you need to understand what you are wanting to get from your car.

The first thing all first car buyers need to consider is how much they want to pay? Are you getting a lending hand from your parents? Do you need car finance? These are all things that you need to consider before starting your search for a first car.

It may seem like a no-brainer but as a first time car buyer you should look at cars that are easy to drive, and have the best available safety features. Like anything the newer the car is the more you will pay. You will also need to consider ongoing maintenance and service costs as some vehicle types have a far greater service and upkeep costs than others do.

Where should you buy your first car from?

Once you have narrowed down your search, you will need to figure out how you are going to buy the car. There are two ways you can buy a car in Australia, you can buy it from a dealership or you can buy it from a private seller. Both ways offer buyers positives and negatives and should be thoroughly assessed before making any purchase.

For Australian Car buyers buying from a dealership offers peace of mind. You can get helpful tools such as free Car History and PPSR reports as well as finance and warranty options.

If you are looking to buy a car privately, it's highly recommended that you get a third-party mechanic to inspect the condition of the car to minimize the risk of buying a lemon. PPSR and Car History should also be purchased to confirm there is no finance remaining on the vehicle. Some car buyers have unfortunately lost cars due to finance remaining on vehicles.

Once you have nailed down where you want to buy your next car from you are fast on the way to being a car owner. So now we get to the good part, what are some of the good options out there for first car buyers?

Shop for Cars has put together a list of some of the best first cars for Australian Car Buyers.

Toyota Corolla

You can’t go wrong with a Toyota vehicle. Toyota is a long-proven quality car for any type of car buyer. The Corolla has been a reliable vehicle for Australians for well over a decade now. The Corolla can come in both petrol and hybrid. Like always the price of the car greatly fluctuates depending on age and condition.

Here are some of the key features of the Toyota Corolla:

  • 2L engine with Hybrid Option
  • 16 allow wheels
  • Reverse safety cameras
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Ten airbags

Mazda CX-5

Always a popular choice for many first time Australian Car buyers who are looking for an SUV. The Mazda CX-5 offers a spacious, smooth drive and can accommodate up to 5 people. It comes as no surprise why the Mazda CX-5 has been Australia's most popular SUV in 2020

Here are some of the key features of the Mazda CX-5:

  • 2.5L Petrol or Diesel Engine
  • 5 seats
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control
  • Rear Parking Censor

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Ford Ranger

For those looking for a 4x4 look no past the Ford Ranger. The Ford Ranger was Australia's most popular car in 2020 and looks set to repeat that again in 2021. The Ford Ranger offers great use to those needing a high quality vehicle for work purposes. Stacked with a 3.2L engine and the best torque on the market, the Ford Ranger is a no brainer!.

Here are some of the key features of the Ford Rangers:

  • 3.2L Diesel Engine
  • Independent A Arm front suspension
  • 7500 pulling power
  • Autonomous emergency braking

Kia Cerato

The compact Kia Cerato is a perfect first car sedan for Australian Drivers. The Cerato can come with Automatic or Manual transmission and offers a smooth, comfortable drive with gracious space for 5 occupants. Loaded with air-conditioning, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay the Cerato has proven to be a great choice for first time Australian car buyers.

Here are some of the key features of the Kia Cerato:

  • 2L Engine
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Six Speaker Sound System
  • Drive Mode Selects

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Final Word,

For Australian first-time car buyers there is an abundance of choice available to you. Before you consider purchasing a car you should consult all relevant parties and assess all available options prior to putting money down.

About Shop for Cars

Shop for Cars is Australia’s first motor dealer only car classified. Shop for Cars provides Australians buyers with a solution that offers the best cars available from leading trusted Australian motor dealers.

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DISCLAIMER: This is all based on opinion please research and consult with all relevant parties to make the best buying decision.