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5 Steps to Take after Purchasing Your First Car

One of the most exciting days of your life can be the day that you buy your first car. When buying a car, it is important to remember that it is also a very important responsibility. When you buy your first car, there are five very important things that you must do.

Get Insurance

The first thing that you should do when you get your first car is contractor liability insurance. Car insurance is required everywhere in the country. You should spend time talking with a local auto insurance agent to figure out a policy that works best for you. In most cases, you should opt for a full policy, including collision and comprehensive coverage.


Depending on where you live, you may also need to have state and local registration in place to drive your car legally. You may be able to get this initial registration from the dealership, but you may have to go to the local DMV. If you do not get this in place in time, you could be assessed parking and driving fees.


Once you start driving your new car, you may want to have a clean slate to start with. One great option would be to go to a local car wash to have it thoroughly cleaned out. This process should include making sure that the interior and exterior are properly disinfected.

Initial Maintenance

Driving a car also always comes with some maintenance obligations. When you first get your car, it would be worth taking it to a local auto care facility to make sure it is in good condition and does not need any past due to maintenance. You should also get an oil change and other routine maintenance completed within a few days of ownership.

Practice Driving

Before you go onto the local highway and take a long trip, you should first spend a little bit of time practicing driving your car. This process should include making sure you know how all of the features of the car work, including the mirrors, windshield wipers, lights, and radio. This will give you far more comfortable once you do need to be behind the wheel in more challenging situations.

While buying a car is a very exciting time, you need to make sure that you keep it in good condition and in compliance with the law. By following these steps, you can be assured that you will continue to protect your asset and avoid paying hefty fines.

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