5 Reasons Why Buying Your First Car is a Great Idea

Last year, I managed to save up enough money to buy myself my first car. I bought a 2002 SEAT Ibiza finished in Amarillo Ovni Yellow, or in better words extremely bright yellow. I should also inform you, my girlfriend christened her Samantha. It took a lot of dedication, and even meant that I had to lay off the beer for a while for the simple reason that it was proving too expensive, to be able to afford it. But have I made the right decision by emptying my bank account for what is pretty much one of the most expensive things I have bought to date? Here are 5 reasons why I took the plunge.

Samantha Mountains

1. Freedom

Have you ever wanted to go to the gym, a friends house or to the cinema but couldn’t because public transport is too much effort? It sounds lazy but I can almost guarantee you that every single one of us has felt this at some stage. That even the thought of having to get the bus somewhere is just too much to cope. Well thats where you’re own set of wheels comes in fairly handy. You don’t have to wait at the bus stop or for your parents with the car to get home just so you can nip up to your friends house. Its the sense of freedom that everyone should have.

2. Enjoyment 

Only until you learn how to drive is it when you find the sheer pleasure of it. Sitting in the passenger seat in your parents or friends car isn’t as fun as being behind the wheel and in control of it all. Thankfully I was one of the first out of my group of friends to learn how to drive. I loved it, I used to just go on and on about how I drove here yesterday and drove there  at the weekend while the rest of my friends were stuck, sitting in bored out of their brains. However, of course this had its downsides as I was always asked to drive people places but as long as they threw me fiver for petrol, I was, secretly, more than happy to do it.

3. Cruizin’ wit da Boiz

This was the best part. Before I learned to drive, I often found myself with nothing to do on a Friday or Saturday night. It was usually spent sitting at home scrolling through Facebook or Twitter. But once that pink card came through the letter box, I was driving all over Dublin in my fathers Toyota Avensis packed to the brim with my friends, just driving. Aimlessly, in fact. But that was the whole purpose of it. Just to get out of the house for a couple of hours, just to go for a drive. It was then, that my friends and I came up with the idea of “McFlurrying”. This usually starts with a one worded text; “McFlurry?” then followed 20 minutes later with a few of the guys in the car going through the local McDonalds drive thru ordering the lasted McFlurry flavour. This lasts a couple of hours as it is usually followed by a cruise, of course.

L Plate

4. An Excuse Not to go Out

This may seem crazy coming from a student, but we always have that one weekend when all our friends are going out and you could just NOT be bothered. Right? Well a car will solve all this problem. You won’t have a choice of going out or not because owning a car in Ireland, for a young driver especially, is so ridiculously expensive that you might be able to use this excuse week after week. Not just the price of buying the car, but the price of petrol, tax, insurance and maintenance. Of course though in the long run this can be a bad thing. It just depends how much you love driving/your car.

5. A Community 

If you’re into cars, your first car will be the start of something new. As cliché as it sounds, its true. I attend Cars and Coffee Dublin. It is a monthly meet where anyone and everyone can go to view other car lovers to just look at or chat about cars. The good think about C&C is that its a casual meet. Unlike its Italian version – Brescia Cars and Coffee (which is invite only) – Cars and Coffee Dublin attracts all sorts of people, whether you own a Ferrari or a Fiat, a SEAT or a Porsche, a Honda or Horse! Its a very casual meet that I highly recommend to any car lovers. Have a look at the last C&C meet that Drivers Edition attended.

Of course there is one more thing owning your own car is good for. You know….

Stayed tuned for more posts from us here at Drivers Edition.

Ian