You’ve just got your first set of wheels and what a momentous occasion it is. Freedom, independence and adventure await you. But before you hit the road, there are a few things you should take into account. From car insurance to maintenance and who you should ask for help - we’ve got a checklist just for you.
Before you hit the road
Don’t forego car insurance
If you’re a student with a limited budget, we can understand the thought behind not getting vehicle insurance. However, we urge you to reconsider. In actuality, motor insurance is a must. Consider the financial impact of losing your car through an accident or worse, somebody else losing theirs due to your actions. There are several kinds of cover to choose from, so it’s best to chat to a broker who can give you all the details. That way, you can choose a policy that meets your needs and budget.
Get to know a good mechanic
If you’ve purchased a brand new car with a motor plan and warranty you won’t need to worry about this for a little while. If you’ve bought a car second hand, it pays to get familiar with a reputable mechanic as well as the basics of your own car. Services and repairs can be incredibly expensive if you haven’t done your research. Even worse, they can become outrageous if you’ve tried to take a short cut and used someone who really had no idea what they were doing
Understand the basics
Every car owner should know how to change a flat tyre, jumpstart a car and check the oil. Although the majority of things maintenance-related would be handled by a qualified mechanic, knowing the basics can save you money. With the fundamentals taken care of by you, there wouldn’t be a call out fee for any assistance you might need. It is important to note that Compendium offers free roadside assistance as a monthly benefit. Of course, you would have to ask your broker which policies and providers include this.
When in doubt, ask us
At Compendium, our motor cover keeps a valued asset protected so that you can drive with peace of mind. If you’re looking to take out a policy to cover your car, you can read more about the ones that we offer HERE.