So you've finally saved enough money to purchase your first car.
It might seem like you've overcome the biggest hurdle but choosing the right car, and then looking after it, is just as important.
Mechanic and owner of Southern Highlands Taxis Laurie Stewart has spent most of his life surrounded by motor vehicles.
"The first thing in buying a used car is you have to be very very careful, especially with private sellers," Mr Stewart said.
His number one tip for buying a car was to get it checked out by a professional before you spend your hard-earned cash.
"Get a good honest mechanic to inspect the vehicle," Mr Stewart said.
While new cars are more reliable they are often out of the price range of a first-time buyer.
A second-hand vehicle is more affordable but will require more maintenance.
Once you've purchased your car there are a few things you need to do to keep it in tip top shape.
"Always remember a motor vehicle does need attention," Mr Stewart said.
The motor entusiast said to check the water and engine oil on a weekly basis and book in for a service every 10,000km.
"Be aware a vehicle needs servicing it's not like an automatic watch," he said.
Keeping an eye on your car's tyres is also vital to ensuring the car is safe and fit for the road.
Check the tyre pressure every two to three weeeks.
It's best to check the pressure when the rubber on the wheels is cold to get an accurate reading.
The more you drive the faster the tread on your tyres will wear down.
The minimum legal tyre tred thickness is 1.5mm but braking performance and handling are significantly reduced at this stage, especially in wet weather.
It is suggested to change your tyres when the tread wears down to 2mm thick.
You can check tread with a matchhead or with a specialised tool available from auto shops.
It's also important to regularly inspect the condition of your spare tyre.
Check for air pressure, cracking and wear.
Your spare will be a life-saver if you get a flat, but only if it's in working order.