Congratulations, you have a new car! But wait— are you ready enough to be a car owner? If you were quite impulsive when you bought your first ever car, then you should know that cars aren’t just simply toys. This rather fascinating investment involves a tough yet exciting journey that will surely make your lives easier or messier. So, to make sure that you’ll stick with the former than the latter, better yet check out this comprehensive checklist specially made for new car owners. Fasten your seat belts and delve into the captivating world of cars.
Of course, the first step that shouldn’t be missed is the registration of your new car. Well, you can’t just drive in the public arena if you haven’t had your car registered in your state. Every state has distinct rules and regulations, though there are some basic guides for all drivers to follow. To start, bring all the needed documents for registration such as identification cards, proof of address, title certificate, bill of sale, loan documents (if under financing), insurance coverage, emission test records, inspection reports, and a couple of dollars. Yes, you need to cash out money for the registration fee.
Insurance is a must, not just for registration purposes, but also for your safety. Life is downright surprising, so you always need to be ready with its uncertainties. To secure your car and your life, have your car insured with a reliable car insurance company. There are lots of insurance coverage— the minimum liability, collision and comprehensive insurance, and other optional extras. Most states just require the basic property damage and bodily injury coverage, but you can add extras for a more carefree drive.
Having your first car can be compared to having a new found friend. Hence, just like friendships, it will need some time to get to know your car. You should know your car above anyone else. Treat it like a prized possession and know every detail of it. As a car owner, you should know the ins and outs— the different buttons, various switches, diverse lights and all. The lack of familiarity may be one of the reasons for unfortunate accidents. And before you forget, designate an area in your house for your keys. You don’t want to spend an hour of your precious time looking for your car keys, right?
Knowing your car isn’t just something that you can perfect overnight. You need training, training, and training. You and your car will have heaps of adventures together, making it essential for you to be equipped with the right amount of knowledge and skills. Training will give you a glimpse of the real road, which is rather full of surprises. Further, you’ll be able to calm yourself in case of frustrating circumstances or even accidents because you’re already trained properly. You can take an online safety courses to get training or visit a local drivers education center to learn more.
Repairs and Maintenance
As always, repairs and maintenance are the main keys to keep your car in good shape. You can’t just let your car run unreliably on the road because it will endanger, not just your car, but also your life and of others’. There should be a scheduled maintenance to ensure the quality of your car, as well as avoid road accidents. Setting aside an amount for the repair and maintenance costs is way better than untimely misfortunes.