The one mistake first time buyers keep falling for

Written by 
Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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, updated on June 2nd, 2023       

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First car buyer mistakes

Nailing the deal on your first car is a big deal, especially when there are so many options to choose from. The one common mistake that first time car buyers make is focusing their time and energy on finding a car that comes with the right price tag, but fail to look at the ongoing costs. Here are a few ongoing costs to be aware of before buying a car.


One thing that you should already have established is a budge. However, to make your car budget more realistic it is important to research. Knowing the ongoing costs that come with owning a new or used car can help you make a realistic budget. This can also give you a rough estimate on how much of a buffer you should create to help you take care of emergency expenses. You will be able to make an informed decision when it comes to purchasing the right vehicle for your budget.

Choosing a fuel-efficient car

One of the long-term costs that come with a car is the cost of fuel. This will also depend on what you plan on using your car. According to Budget Direct, fuel costs are the biggest costs for Aussies that own their cars outright with the average Australian forking $71.50 a week. This is a total of $286 per month. Knowing which car is more fuel efficient can reduce fuel costs. For example, you may find that petrol engine cars can be fuel efficient compared to a diesel engine.

Maintenance and repair costs

This is also another expense that tends to be overlooked by first-time buyers. A car can be affordable to purchase, but expensive to maintain. This will also depend on the make and model of the car. However, in general, cars that have parts that are not easily can be expensive when it comes to repairs and maintenance. Researching the costs that come with the car that you interested in can give you an estimate of whether you will be able to comfortably afford it or not.

Finance ongoing fees

Most Australians take out a car loan from a financier or dealership finance to help them secure their new wheels. Many Australians are aware that they need to look at the interest rate on a loan, but the same group of people overlook the ongoing fees and charges that come with the loan. Not checking these extra fees can blow your budget and make it hard for you to meet the monthly repayments on your loan. It is important to ask your lender about these additional fees and charges before taking out a loan.

On road costs to keep in mind

There are other costs to keep in mind such as stamp duty, insurance, and registration. These all need to budgeted for beforehand to avoid being overwhelmed with owning your first vehicle. Remember that with every decision you make remember to compare. Comparing will help you choose the best possible option that is suitable for your finances.

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