What to Do After Buying a New Car

Aside from your house, your car is likely to be one of the biggest purchases you make in your life. Once you have bought a new car, you might be tempted to jump straight in and hit the open road, but this might cause some issues later down the line. This guide is here to help you learn the steps you should take after buying a new car, to ensure you are safe and protected in the long term. 

1. Insure the Car

Of course, before you start driving your new car, you are legally obligated to ensure that it is insured in your name. It is useful to spend some time looking into the different insurance quotes when you buy a new car, to ensure you can get the very best deal. This should be done, ideally before you close on the car, so that you can pick it up from the dealership and drive it home, fully insured. 

2. Schedule Maintaince

When you buy a new car, it is easy to take the mindset that you will not need to take it to the garage any time soon. However, being too overly confident with the health of your vehicle can lead to some larger problems later down the line. Scheduling maintenance for your car early on will help you to ensure you can keep your vehicle in the best condition and that you are always driving in a legally safe and functional vehicle. 

3. Make Replacement Keys 

If you have ever lost or broken your car keys, then you will know how much of a frustrating situation this will put you in. A lost or broken car key can lead to hours of stress and inconvenience as you must get a specialized locksmith in. Getting some spare keys cut for your car and keeping them in a safe place in your home will help you to avoid any potentially annoying, time-consuming, and expensive problems in the future. 

4. Register Your Car 

It is a legal requirement to register your car and pay the registration fee 30 days after you have bought it. While sometimes it is possible to register your car and get permanent license plates at the dealership, it is most commonly necessary to visit the State’s Department of Motor Vehicles to register your new car. When you are going to the Department of Motor Vehicles to register your car, you will need to bring with you the title, the loan documents, and proof of insurance. 

5. Research Recalls 

If you are purchasing a car that has very recently hit the market, it is a good idea to spend some time searching for recalls. Recalls are an update from automakers to replace or update high-tech parts of vehicles. The reason why recalls are so important is that an automaker might issue a recall because a part is unsafe or risks the overall safety of the driver. You should make sure to stay alert for recalls after purchasing a new car.