Crash Course in Car Buying: Essential Tips for Young Adults

Not long after that driver’s license is in hand, you are started on the road to independence; only you need a car to get there.   Here are some tips to keep in mind as you consider your first vehicle purchase:


As a young adult, it’s important to choose a car that fits within your budget. Consider not only the purchase price, but also ongoing costs such as insurance, maintenance, fuel, and taxes. Avoid stretching your budget too thin and be realistic about what you can afford. If you’re financing your car, be sure to understand the terms of the loan, including interest rates, loan duration, and monthly payments. Choose a loan that fits within your budget and avoid high-interest loans or long loan terms that can result in higher overall costs. Also, research insurance costs. Check insurance rates for different car models before deciding, and factor this cost into your budget. Choosing a car with lower insurance costs can help you save money in the long run.


Focus on Safety:

Safety should be a top priority when buying a car as a young adult. Look for cars with high safety ratings, such as those from reputable organizations like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Features such as airbags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes are important for a safe driving experience.  Diehl Automotive offers vehicle brands that continue to rank high in overall safety features and ratings.



Reliability is crucial for a first car. Look for cars from reputable manufacturers with a track record of producing reliable vehicles. Research customer reviews and reliability ratings to gauge the car’s long-term durability and performance.


Consider a Used Vehicle:

Buying a used car can be a more affordable option. Used cars that are a few years old can often provide good value for the money. However, make sure to have a trusted mechanic inspect any used car you’re considering to ensure it’s in good condition.  When you visit Diehl Automotive, you can be assured that your used vehicle was properly inspected and safe for you to take home.  All incoming used cars undergo a rigorous inspection process that ensures our vehicles meet — and exceed — your expectations. Holding our inventory to the highest standards possible guarantees that you enjoy peace of mind and comfortable travel.


Choose a Practical Car:

While flashy sports cars may be tempting, it’s generally wise to choose a practical car that meets your transportation needs without excessive speed or power. Consider factors such as fuel efficiency, size, and ease of driving, and opt for a car that will be practical for your everyday needs.  Whether it’s for driving to school, lugging around your equipment/instruments for extracurricular activities, and/or traveling a good distance for college or work.


Be Cautious of Private Sales:

If buying from a private seller, exercise caution and do your due diligence. Have a trusted mechanic inspect the car, review the vehicle’s history report, and ensure all necessary paperwork is in order. Be cautious of potential scams or hidden issues.  Buying from Diehl Automotive takes the worry out of trusting a private seller and we do all the inspections and gather all required information and paperwork for you.


Avoid Unnecessary Modifications:

You may be tempted to modify your car for performance or appearance; however, be aware that modifications can increase insurance costs, may void warranties, and could potentially compromise safety. It’s generally best to avoid unnecessary modifications, especially as a new driver.


Buying your first car can be an exciting milestone, but it’s important to approach it with caution and responsibility. Research, compare options, and make sure you’re financially prepared for the responsibilities of car ownership. Come visit us here at Diehl Toyota of Hermitage!  We are here to answer any questions and make sure your first-time car buying experience is a smooth and enjoyable process!


April 14, 2023
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