A Guide to Owning your First Vehicle

So, you have just passed your driving test with flying colours and you are about to invest in your very first vehicle, but before you sign up for a finance plan on the car, there are some aspects of vehicle ownership you need to consider. Motoring is an expensive hobby and it is important that you are fully aware of all the costs.

Vehicle Insurance

Take out Rabbit Finance 1st class car insurance for real peace of mind, as this covers your car in every eventuality and the cover is affordable. Unless you happen to be driving a 20-year-old car, it always makes sense to take out comprehensive cover, as there are many things that could go wrong. Young drivers have to pay higher premiums and your make and model of vehicle will impact your premium, yet motor insurance is compulsory.

Vehicle Maintenance

In a perfect world, our car would fire up every time we turn the key and it never requires any maintenance, yet every car needs to be serviced at regular intervals. As a vehicle owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that the car is roadworthy and regular servicing prolongs the life of the engine. The details would be in the rear section of the owner’s manual and your local garage would be happy to service your car, recording the details in the owner’s manual. When the vehicle changes hand, the owner’s manual should always be updated accordingly and this small book should remain with the car throughout its life. If two wheels appeals to you, here is a great blog that outlines the benefits of big bike riding.


The tyres provide essential contact with the road and are therefore very important. Check the tyre walls for tears and bulges, inspect the tread and ensure correct inflation. Badly worn tyres are extremely dangerous, especially in wet conditions and you should have your tyres checked every month and should tyres need replacing, this should not be overlooked.

Keeping your Car Clean

Of course, your car will get dirty inside and out and most drivers take the car to a local car detail company, who can clean the interior and wash and wax the exterior, which will help to protect the paintwork. There are special coatings that can be applied to vehicle bodywork to protect from scratches and if the car is new, this would be a wise investment. It is very easy to damage car paintwork and a ceramic coating will prevent fading from strong sunlight, as well as scratches.


Once you have passed your driving test, you need to gain some hands-on driving experience and get to know the car and develop your driving abilities. You should never extend yourself and always stay within the speed limits and never assume anything regarding other road users, and as you gain more driving experience, your driving will be safe. Click here for information about the Ministry of Transport in Thailand.

There is a lot of responsibility when you own a vehicle of any kind and once you are prepared, your motoring will be pleasurable, while giving you freedom and independence.