COLUMN: Pitfalls of buying the first car
THERE comes a time in every parent's life when your child declares they're ready to hit the open road and will need their own wheels. As a father, I've recently had the pleasure of that terrifying adventure.
It started with my daughter sending me a few online links to cars she'd been eyeing off, asking for my advice and preference.
Once we'd researched online reviews and trawled through the classifieds we decided to try a private seller first.
The private cars had been detailed and looked great at first glance, but a closer inspection revealed some interesting home truths.
One had hail damage and another's history check identified it as a repairable write off. It's worth remembering, private sales rarely include a warranty.
So we headed to a dealer instead, trying both manual and automatic cars before settling on a Hyundai Getz for my daughter to drive.
The salesman tried to up-sell window tint, insurance and extended warranty, but after we read the terms and conditions we declined because it had restrictive servicing requirements.
With the flurry of a pen, and subject to a satisfactory vehicle inspection, the contract was signed.
Now's the really terrifying part - letting my daughter loose on the open road. Wish me luck.