Landed your first job and looking to purchase your very first car? Purchasing your first car can be quite a chore if you lack the knowledge or the appropriate avenue. Here are some cars we've handpicked for you to consider!
Category: Car Buying Advice
From hatchbacks to sedans and SUVs, this article will help you narrow down and ascertain the choice of your first-ever car.
*The list of cars below only includes new and used PARF cars with less than $800 annual road tax
Honda Jazz 1.3A (2014-2021)
First introduced in 2002, the Honda Jazz has developed a tremendous reputation over the past 20 years for many varied reasons - its reliability, functionality, price, and insanely efficient fuel consumption. And may I add how good this third generation Jazz looks?
As Honda's entry-level car, the Jazz comes with an affordable price tag. Considering its cheap road tax and efficient fuel consumption, it is also effortless to maintain. It can achieve a real-world fuel consumption of around 17km/litre.
Despite its compact size, this hatchback can store the bulkiest items you can think of due to its 'magic seats' feature. To all young couples looking to purchase your furnishings such as plants, tables, and chairs for your BTO flat, these items can easily fit inside the Honda Jazz.
As with any car, you should note that a heavier load will cause the car to perform more sluggishly, let alone the Jazz with 98bhp and 119Nm. So, be mindful not to overload it!
Pro Tip: If you are looking to modify your Honda Jazz, you might want to consider the parallel import version of it - the Honda Fit. It has two LTA-approved exhausts that can be installed. However, opting for the Fit means forgoing the paddle shifters on the Jazz.
Estimated depreciation: $9,390 - $13,460
Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6A (2014-2019)
This is a car that needs no introduction. To date, the Toyota Corolla has sold more than 36 million units worldwide across 12 generations of production - its number of sales speak volumes about where consumers stand with this car.
As with most Japanese cars, maintaining this 11th generation, Corolla is a breeze considering its low road tax and efficient fuel consumption due to its 1.6-litre engine capacity and its CVT transmission, respectively.
Moreover, it pushes out a healthy amount of power of 129bhp and 160Nm of torque, giving it the right balance of power and control for beginner drivers.
Considering that it is one of Toyota's entry-level cars, the Corolla comes with basic features found in most modern cars these days. It includes auto head lights, a Bluetooth infotainment system, and a multi-function steering wheel.
Pro Tip: Consider going for the 12th generation Corolla Altis if it is within your means. Not only does it come with many more features, but it looks exceptionally sleek too!
Estimated depreciation: $9,840 - $18,470