The Costs You Need To Budget When Preparing To Buy A Car

Written by Chloe Harwood

Buying a new car is a big deal. You want to make sure that you get one that can provide everything you need. Making a misstep can be significantly disappointing. It can also be even harder on your wallet. Car owners know that they need to expect that a lot of their money is going towards the car. However, if you’re not keeping that in mind as you buy, you can land yourself in financial hot water. Here we’re going to look at the costs that everyone needs to keep in mind as they buy their car.

The financing

The first thing you need to look at is the financing that you use to buy those cars. If you have enough cash to buy it outright, this won’t be much of a concern. But if you don’t, then you need to look carefully at the deals offered to you. For example, looking at buying used to lessen the blow somewhat. Or getting yourself pre approved so you can tell how much exactly you might be looking at paying. In a dealership, you can even use negotiating tricks. For example, acting under the assumption that you’ll be paying in cash can get the price lowered. This is because dealers will often earn more in financing deals than selling the car outright.

Registration fees

Everyone needs to prepare to pay a one-off registration fee when they get the car, as well. Compared to the amount on other costs, it can be somewhat negligible. What isn’t, however, is recognising when you need to pay for future registrations. This happens in cases where you rebuild or alter a car. You will have to get it registered again, and pay for it, or you could get in trouble.

The insurance

Insurance is mandatory, so there’s no getting away from paying it. However, with enough research, you can get a lot of different types of coverage on your insurance. Going for the cheaper option isn’t always the smarter, that being said. You need to make sure that you’re fully covered in events that have a distinct possibility of happening to you. It might also benefit you to get fully compensated if you drive a lot. A lot of other factors can also influence how much you pay. Such as convictions, previous accidents and medical conditions. One aspect that no longer plays a part is gender, which is still a concern for some drivers.

The fuel

After paying off the car and for your insurance deal, it’s the third largest cost related to owning a car. Fuel isn’t cheap, as you will come to understand if you don’t already. Which is why it can play a role in the car you buy, as well as how you drive. It’s easy to find out how many miles to the gallon a car can do, so keep an eye out for it. Similarly, think about how to reduce fuel consumption when driving.


Then there are a lot of costs that are going to keep popping through the years. Changing the oil, for the example. Car washes and getting your car detailed. Perhaps even upgrading in technology. Or buying spare Goodyear tyres. Even windshield wiper fluid which needs to be refilled regularly. Maintaining your car regularly is an important part of keeping it in top condition for longer. It’s also a cost that needs to be considered as part of the budget.

Trips to the garage

Similarly, you need to consider the costs that are involved in taking trips to the garage. Not just the scheduled check-ups on your log book, but the unexpected disasters that can pop up. Of course, there’s no predicting how much these incidents will cost until they happen. For that reason, it’s simply better to create a savings pile that’s dedicated solely to taking trips of the mechanic. If you find yourself having to dip into it, it can be a good idea to record how much these trips tend to take. From there, you can start to make more informed guesses at how much money you should set aside. Being prepared for emergency fixes is essential for keeping your finances in good order.

The above points should help you create a budget that tells you exactly how much owning your car will cost. So long as you keep working on it and saving as you should, even the unexpected can be prepared for. Don’t let those costs creep up on you. Always budget the most important (and biggest) costs in your life.

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Chloe Harwood