Dads Know Best When It Comes To Buying A First Car

When it comes to buying a first car, it would appear dads do really know best.

45 per cent of people surveyed by vehicle history check expert, HPI, said they turn to their dad for buying advice.


Philip Nothard, cap hpi consumer and retail editor says, “Turning to a friend (12 per cent) was more common than asking mum; only seven per cent of those surveyed said they turn to their mothers for advice. Interestingly, men are more likely to ask their dads for car buying advice (55 per cent), compared with women (35 per cent). When it comes the best bit of advice their dad had given them, almost a third (30 per cent) of the total number of people we asked said it was ‘look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves’, and that pearl of wisdom had applied to shopping for a set of wheels.”


Nothard adds: “Buying your first car is exciting, but it’s easy to get swept away by fancy gadgets and freshly polished paintwork, putting buyers at risk of paying over the odds for a car with something to hide. First time buyers are even more vulnerable to dishonest sellers, because they haven’t been through the motions before and are unlikely to know what questions to ask, so it’s always good to get advice from someone with more experience, such as your dad.”

HPI Check

Before parting with their money, buyers should always get the fullest possible picture of the car they are about to buy. Relying on the eye – or dad – alone, could expose them to a nasty surprise later down the line. The HPI Check protects buyers against making a costly mistake by revealing whether a vehicle is currently recorded as stolen with the police, has outstanding finance against it, or has been written off. It also includes as standard, a mileage check against the National Mileage Register, with over 200 million mileage readings.

Peace Of Mind

“If a vehicle turns out to be stolen or on outstanding finance, buyers could lose the car and the money they paid for it when it’s returned to the rightful owner,” concludes Philip Nothard.  “So rather than ‘winging it’ or guessing the status of a used car based on a quick test drive or kicking the tyres, get an instant vehicle history check for complete peace of mind.”