29 August 2017

I bought a new car. Now what?

How to get your new car up and running (and keep it that way)

Apart from a house, no purchase is more exciting and daunting than a new car. Even if the dealership takes care of registration, repayments, and so on, there’s still plenty for you to consider.

Here’s a quick checklist of the most important steps to get your car on the road and keep it running smoothly for years to come.

Get adequate insurance

Once you own a new car, the first and most important step is to insure it. When comparing policies, look beyond the price and ensure the policy will provide the protection you need in an accident. If you settle for low-cost option, you may well find that when it comes to make a claim your coverage is inadequate.

Read the manual

It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with all the controls of your car, which will probably be different from your previous vehicle. Go through the manual before you take the car out for the first time, so you can check each feature as you go through. It’s much better to figure this out now than when you’re concentrating on the road.

Check the RTA’s rules of the road

The RTA updated its guidelines on July 1st, so it’s worth taking a look at the updated rules before getting out on the road. Even a small misunderstanding can lead to a traffic fine, or worse, an accident. And remember, cameras aren’t just out there to catch speeders. Crossing a solid line, merging too late, and passing a red light are all expensive mistakes. So make sure you’re up to date.

Find shade if possible

In the Middle East’s extreme climate, sun isn’t just a discomfort – it can damage your car. Prolonged sun exposure bleaches your interior upholstery and damages your exterior paint. Not to mention the damage that regular expanding and contracting can cause under the hood. So seek shade in covered car parks whenever you can. Over the long term you’ll be glad you did.

Follow a maintenance schedule

While maintenance and repair costs may not be on the radar of most car buyers, they really should be. Don’t be tempted to save money by skipping a service here and there, or you might find yourself paying the price further down the road.

We’re not just talking about oil changes and brake checks here. If you notice your car pulling to one side, or a slight hum when you turn on the air conditioning, have it looked at as soon as you can. Small issues have a way of turning into big ones when left too long.

Now get in touch with RSA

If you want the best insurance for your new car, look no further than RSA. Our award-winning coverage isn’t just the most comprehensive – it’s backed with the highest claims satisfaction too. So you can enjoy your new car safe in the knowledge that we’ve got you covered.