Decide on your budget
How much you can you comfortably afford to spend on your first car? Don't forget to consider additional costs like registration, insurance and a vehicle inspection, as these can quickly add up. Check our car running costs guide to get an idea of the kind on ongoing costs you’ll be up for.
Used vs New
There are many pros and cons to buying a new or a used car, with each option providing its own set of considerations. For example, new cars have the latest technology and may have better fuel economy, while a well-maintained used car may still have modern features but be cheaper.
Do your research to get a good understanding of what is out there, what the costs are and what might work for you.
Private vs Dealer
There are different ways you can buy a vehicle, each with their pros and cons. Buying privately is often cheaper than through a dealer, but when you buy through a dealership, they are obligated to offer a statutory warranty on cars built in the past 10 years.
Find out more about the pros and cons.
Once you've narrowed down your car criteria, tap into car guides and find out more. Redbook.com.au, Glass’s Guide and Australia’s Best Cars will all give you helpful information about different models, costs and prices.
Buy the way you want
You might like the idea of online shopping, or you might prefer to visit a dealership and take it for a test drive. RAC Finance can help you buy the car of your dreams - any way you'd like to shop.