If you’ve recently passed your driving test, first of all, a huge congratulations! You did it! You’re now able to legally drive a car. What better feeling is there than having independence and being able to drive wherever you like, whenever you like?

Of course, you don’t need to buy a car and start driving immediately after passing your test. But if you’re desperate to get on the roads, there are a number of different things that you’ll need to organize.

There’ll be a bit of research to do and some paperwork to sign when you get your first car, but you’ve already done the hard bit. You’ve already gone through the grueling practical driving test, so buying your car is the easy part.

So, what exactly do you need to do after passing your driving test? Here are some key steps that you need to take when buying your first car.

Organize Your Insurance

The first thing that you need to do when you receive your full license is organize your insurance. You’ll need valid car insurance to legally drive your vehicle. Your auto insurance needs to be active from the day you pick up your car if you plan on driving it home.

As a new driver, it’s likely that your insurance will be relatively expensive compared to your parent’s insurance quotes. Shop around to find the best car insurance companies that offer the cheapest quotes so you can save money.

You’ll also need to consider what type of insurance you want. Most insurance companies offer three kinds – comprehensive, third-party, and third-party, theft, and fire. Each option offers a different level of coverage.

Check with each insurance company before signing up to their policy so that you know exactly what coverage you have.

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Consider Getting a Black Box

A Black Box is a small device that gets installed into your car. It is provided by your insurance company and monitors your fuel economy and speed as you drive.

By measuring your braking, acceleration, and speed, your insurer can gain valuable information about reliable you are as a driver. This information is fed to your insurance company to give you a score.

If your Black Box shows that you’re great on the roads and you abide by the speed limits, your insurance may be cheaper when you renew.

Find The Right Vehicle

You might already know which car you want but it’s always worth spending some time looking at a variety of models. Certain cars will cost less to run due to consuming less fuel. This is important if you’re going to be driving on a budget.

Different cars lie in different Insurance bands. Generally, larger cars with bigger engines and more advanced technology sit in a higher Insurance band. The higher the band, the more you will pay.

It’s also important to consider your preferences as well. Your first car will be with you for at least a year or two until you upgrade, so it needs to be a model that you love!

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