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Buying a first car in 2022. Which cars are best for first time buyers?

Buying a first car in 2022. Which cars are best for first time buyers?

Let's start with the must-haves for any first time car purchase. Most first time buyers will have their newly minted driver's licence and probably still be in their teens. But whatever your age, if it's a first car there are some must-haves besides looks and affordability.

Must-have features for first time buyers

Safety is of course top of the list. If you are not yet an experienced driver be prepared to encounter challenges on the road with a safe car. Affordability and fuel efficiency are also important. Factor in the running costs and reliability. Technology will assist in safety so look for basic levels - park assist, collision alert etc. A transferrable warranty is also a definite advantage.

Why is a used car better than a new car?

Affordability. A new car quickly loses almost half its value and there are plenty of used car options with new car looks and contemporary safety features that will give you years of reliable motoring.

How much should you spend?

Most first time buyers require finance. Have a budget in mind before you start looking. It really comes down to what you can afford. No more than 15% of your gross salary, or 20% of take-home pay is the general recommendation. SD Motors Financial Experts will be happy to talk through finance options and figures with you.

Which cars are best for first time buyers?

Safety and Practicality. The stylish good looks of the Mazda 2 (seen above), backed by the reliable Mazda brand, makes the Mazda 2 a safe and practical choice. The 2017 Toyota Rav 4, with its advanced safety technology is also a top pick.

Fuel efficiency. A 2020 Toyota Yaris couples an impressive MPL rating with a sizeable fuel tank making it possible to travel around 720 kilometres on one tank.

Extra ride height. It can be beneficial for inexperienced drivers to drive from an elevated position. The Subaru XV offers both extra ride height and all wheel driving.

Transferable warranty. Kia Rio is well priced and equipped for safety and comfort and comes with a transferable 7 Year Warranty with capped price servicing.

Space. If you want a car with more space look at the Kia Cerato.

Simple and Affordable. You can't really go past a Suzuki Swift for its simplicity and bang for buck affordability.

Best used cars for first time buyers. The list for consideration:

  • 2018-2019 Mazda 3
  • 2019 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2020 Toyota Corolla
  • 2018 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2017 Honda Accord and CR-V
  • Honda Civic (2012-2016)
  • Ford Escape (2018-2019)
  • Hyundai i10
  • Volkswagen Polo
  • Skoda Fabia
  • 2019 Toyota Prius

Buy from a reputable dealer

SD Motors is a leading car retailer backed by the global automotive group Sime Darby. We've created a dedicated online used car marketplace where you can shop used cars and arrange competitive finance from the convenience of your home. SD Motors consultants will streamline the purchase process for you.

Got a question about the right used car for a first time buyer? Talk to us.

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