Congratulations, you've passed

First off, well done! Passing your driving test is not an easy task and after many hours sat next to your (hopefully) friendly instructor - you're now fully qualified to go out on the road alone.

The first thing you'll probably want to do now is rush out and buy a car, but always remember to shop around first to see what's best for you. For example, cars are seperated into insurance groups ranging from 1 to 50 - you should keep your first car below insurance group 10 to save a fortune on the insurance premiums. This is just one of the things to bare in mind though, if you're considering buying a new car take a look at this guide from our friends at CarWow for the best cars for new drivers.

There's a chance that you won't be looking for a brand new car straight away though and will be looking for a used car When buying from a used car garage, it never hurts to try and push for some free extras or some money off the asking price. Used car garages will sometimes offer a finance package with their cars, but always check if you can get a better deal elsewhere with a seperate used car loan company online.

If you can't afford to pay cash for a car, but need one now- then Car Finance might be worth considering. Take a look on Carfinance 247 which compares over 100 different finance options to find the best one for you.

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You should always do an HPI Check on a car before you buy. This will tell you if the car has any outstanding finance or has previously been written off - which could lead to the car being unsafe or taken off you.

Whether you buy a car new or used, you should always get Breakdown cover - just incase anything happens. Both the RAC and the AA provide nationwide breakdown cover, fixing your car at the side of the road if they can. Sometimes car insurance companies will include breakdown cover as part of the policy, so make sure you shop around!

Whatever you decide to do now you've passed your test (drive from John O Groates to Lands End or just nip to the shops) enjoy yourself, you've earned it.

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