Buying Your Very First Car


Buying your very first car is an exciting time but it’s a big investment so it can also be a little daunting.

At Connolly Motor Group we’re passionate about customer service so we’ve put together some tips to help you make a decision when it comes to buying your first car.

Know your budget

Whether you are paying up front with cash savings, taking out a loan, or getting PCP financing from the dealer, there are always additional costs to consider when buying your first car. Be conscious of what you can afford and factor in car insurance, motor tax, fuel costs, maintenance and unexpected repairs. We recommend that you work out a steady savings plan to determine whether you can afford to maintain a car.

Transportation Needs

What do you need the car for? Driving to and from work and running errands? What about long weekends away, or business trips? Estimate how much driving you will be doing each week and determine how many miles you will cover.


PCP is a great way to get the car you want and gives you a clear plan for your driving future, safe in the knowledge that you don’t have to worry about depreciation as you have a guaranteed future value of your vehicle – plus you can get a brand new car in three years’ time. Call into us at one of Connollys’ Audi branches in Sligo, Ballina or Galway; our Volkswagen dealerships in Sligo or Ballina and let our experts guide you through the finer details of taking out a PCP with Audi Finance or Volkswagen Bank.

Take a test drive

Before you make the final decision on the car that you want to purchase, take the car for a test drive. See if you will be comfortable driving in this type of car for the next few years. Take test drives while you’re saving for the car of your choice. That way when you’re ready to buy the car, you’ll have had time to think about which is the best car for you.

Which car?

At Connollys, we have an extensive range of new and approved used Audis and Volkswagens at our dealerships in Sligo, Ballina and Galway. You can view the full range and talk to our experts who will listen to you carefully and answer all your questions so you drive away with your perfect fit. And with our Mercedes-Benz dealership opening in September, we’ll have a selection of brand new Mercedes for you to browse.