Tips On Buying Your First Car

For first time drivers, the hard bit is over. They’ve passed their test and can now legally drive on the road.  But now it comes to selecting your first car, and the process can seem a little daunting if you know very little. So whether you’re going car shopping with your children or it’s a car for yourself, here are some tips for buying your first car.

Set A Budget

A budget is very important considering what it can cost to buy a car. Firstly you need to think about the cost of the car itself and then the additional costs that come with owning a car such as road tax and car insurance. With all this in mind, you should have an overall cost estimate in your head of how much you can spend with all of these payments in mind. This might determine what style of car you get and what condition it is in.

Pre-owned or New?

With a pre-owned car, the cost will be significantly less than a new one. This is another decision you’ll need to consider when purchasing your car. Buying a brand new car may be possible with someone who has more disposable income. Whereas a pre-owned car is going to depreciate less, and you’ll have more scope on makes and models that span back years. Pre-owned vehicles are certainly in supply across many makes and models, and if you want something slightly bigger, sprinters are available at a discounted price. Looking for a Mercedes Benz sprinter for sale, salt lake city has plenty of them!

Think About What You Need

There are many vehicles available, and it’s worth knowing exactly what you want when it comes to the car itself. Do you need a manual or automatic? Are you after a car with the latest technology or would you be happy with just a stereo system? These needs are important to note down as a sort of wishlist. That way you can go to a dealership or second-hand car store, with your requirements and know that you’ll be able to pick out something that is going to suit you and your needs.

Go For A Test Drive

It’s all well and good looking at a car that you want to buy, but it could end up being a very different experience when you go behind the wheel. Always take a potential car out for a test drive before signing on the dotted line. Take it on two separate occasions too if you can, so you can get an idea of what’s it like to drive in different weather conditions. It’s very easy to not get the same feelings about the car when you take it on the road. So take advantage of having a test drive, even if they don’t offer it, to begin with and always be in the driving seat.

Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll find perfection with your first car. Happy driving and of course, stay safe on the road!

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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How To Make Your ‘Dad Car’ Cool Again

When you have kids, the days of having a reasonably cool car are long over. Out are the sweet little two-seater sports cars, and it is in with the big wagons that carry kids and all the associated paraphernalia to school, daycare and the million sports and music clubs they all seem to have. We no longer go out for pleasure drives; instead, we become ‘dad’s taxi’, ferrying the kids around at their beck and call.

Does that mean we have to lose all our coolness though? Absolutely not! Our article looks at the few things you can put in or do to your ‘dad car’ to make it just a little bit cool and regain a little bit of your street cred. Read on!



Even the most boring of cars can look a million times better with a set of shiny new alloys, and they are generally an inexpensive and safe way of funking up your vehicle. Visit your local car repair store – they should have a massive range for you to choose from, including matte, chrome and glossy styles. All you need to know is how big you need them and how cool you want them!

Dash cams

These are not just about making your car look good, but about keeping you and your family safe. Think about all of the videos you have seen on the internet where people have captured bad driving and crashes – often, this leads to prosecution or at the very least, gets you off the hook if you are involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Many insurance companies offer you a discount if you have fitted in your car. Check out Blackboxmycar for a vast range of dash cams for all kinds of needs.

Tinted windows

No, you can’t pimp your car out and have the front windows tinted because, in many places, it is illegal, but it’s okay to have the back windows done. In fact, you may find it a blessing in disguise if you have little ones in the back. They often like to nap right? Well, this will keep the back of the car darker and free from the glare of the sun.

Seat covers

Kids are messy: fact. No matter how hard you try, you will never avoid sticky fingers and crumbs all over the seats, and let’s not even get started on those toilet accidents and sickness bugs that young children are oh-so-prone to having in the most inconvenient of places. Protect your seats with a set of quality seat covers. Look for some that can be removed quickly and can be washed, prolonging the life of your car seats.

A quality sound system

Ok, so you are more likely to be found listening to the Moana soundtrack these days than Eminem, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have those tunes banging. Most standard car stereo systems are pretty low quality, so invest in a decent one for those family Disney sing-alongs!

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Get a Jump Start This Winter

JUMP START YOUR VEHICLEHave you ever woken up in a good mood, gotten ready for work only to find out your car won’t start. Something might be up with the battery… Maybe it’s too cold or maybe you need a jump. But your car is in the garage? Or in the driveway and there is just no way for you to have another car help jump your car (which may not be safe in the first place).

This is where 1byOne comes through with an amazing little piece of tech that can really get you out of a jam if you are ever in one. Their Multi-Function Jump Starter comes with a cool case with the power bank, jumper cables, and the adapter to charge the power bank indoors and in your car. The power bank itself has an additional USB port so you can charge your phone or other USB device. It also has a flash light that is very bright and can also be set to blink in case of distress.

IMG_3068 You can jump start a car around 200 times off a full charge or you can charge your phone about 4 times off a full charge. The power bank will keep a charge for 6-12 months, but it is suggested to recharge every 6 months. That is a long time to be able to just keep this in your trunk in case you ever need a jump and are alone, or which is more common these days, nobody has cables, or wants to loan you theirs.

IMG_3070The power bank has so many uses outside of just jump starting a vehicle. The ability to charge your phone or other device several times is awesome. A lot of the other portable battery chargers that I have used in the past only get me one good charge but four in this 1byOne power bank is awesome.

For the relatively low price this device is, it is worth the investment for your car. Or even your teenagers car. I don’t think I would want my kids asking strangers for help. I would rather have them try something like this out after giving me a call. I admit I am not the best mechanic but I do know good tech products and this definitely gets my approval. With winter here I can ease my mind a little more knowing that I have this ready to go in case I need it.

You can purchase a 1byOne Multi-Function Portable Powerbank on Amazon US or Amazon UK. Also be sure to follow all of 1byOne’s social media accounts to stay up to date on their latest product offerings as well as other cool info!

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