Whether you’ve bought new or used, if you’ve just purchased a car that’s new to you, then congratulations! But hang on a minute, there are still a few things you need to do before you hit the road. Don’t make the mistake of purchasing a car and forgetting these other essential steps.
Do the Paperwork
Check all the documents that you were handed when you purchased your new car. Make sure everything that should be, is present. If it’s not, contact your dealer or the old owner immediately. Of course, this is a step that should ideally be undertaken before everything is signed but just to be sure check that everything you need is there after you’ve handed over your cash. Make sure to check for the original receipt of the purchase made, your car’s registration papers, tax receipt, insurance certificates and any other papers pertaining to any loan or financial instalments for your new vehicle.
Before you start driving around in your new ride, you’ll need insurance. This step really can’t be overlooked before heading out to take your vehicle for a spin. It’s simply not worth the risk, even if you’re just taking it down the road for a few minutes before calling in to get insured. Don’t risk not having it covered! Before you start researching which insurance companies are going to offer you the best bang for your buck, you’ll need to consider which type of car insurance you need, whether you need comprehensive car insurance, which will protect you against any damage or loss, including third party property cover and also covers your car for accidental damage or whether you only need third party property insurance which only covers you for the damage your car might cause to someone else’s vehicle or property.
Inspect the Car
Of course, if you were a smart buyer you will of course have already checked the car over (especially if it was a used car purchased) however, it’s a good idea straight after you’d bought your used car to change all oils, including engine, transmission, final drive, brake/clutch fluid and of course the engine coolant. Sometimes owners forget to change these oils, and they may not have been changed for a very long time. Also check to see if your new ride has a timing belt and when it was last replaced. Timing belts have a limited service life and need to be changed regularly as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
Get a Breakdown Service
Unless you’re already a skilled mechanic or someone that really knows their way around a car, you’re likely going to want and eventually need a breakdown service. If you’ve purchased a brand new car, then you’re probably thinking, “what will I need this for?” but a minor problem or fault with a new car could turn into a major inconvenience, especially if you travel further out of town. You can buy a breakdown service for just a small fee per year, which isn’t a lot considering how costly having a major breakdown could be and missing work due to car troubles. It’s also a good idea to keep your own tools and resources handy in case of a breakdown. You may be able to repair minor issues yourself and keep neon signs in your boot for display in case of a flat tire at night to divert other cars away from you and keep you and your car safe from traffic.