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I think it's really important to know a bit about the internals of a car, so that when you are getting your car serviced you can talk intelligently with the auto technician. As well, there are many easy DIY jobs you can do on your car to save your some money which can make all the difference when you are young and starting out. This site is where I am recording everything I am teaching my kids about auto servicing, and because I think it will be useful to many other families as well. I hope you find it useful for your family.

Teaching my kids abouts cars

Why Manual Transmission Vehicles Are Better For First-Time Vehicle Owners

Kenzi Jacobs

Learning how to drive is definitely exciting. After learning how to drive, a large number of individuals have to decide on the vehicle model that will go down in the books as their first car. There are various factors to consider when making a first-time investment in an automobile, and the type of vehicle transmission system is among the most important of these factors. Discussed below are a few reasons why manual transmission vehicles are a better choice for the first-time vehicle owner.


Manual transmission vehicles are often more affordable than automatic transmission vehicles. A large number of people buy their first car before they achieve full financial stability. As such, manual transmission vehicles are a better choice in terms of the initial cost of vehicle acquisition.

Repairs And Maintenance

Repairs and maintenance-related activities are often a vehicle owner's worst nightmare. In a large number of cases, the cost of ongoing vehicle maintenance is often higher than the initial cost of vehicle acquisition.

Prospective first-time vehicle owners can save themselves from this nightmare by settling for a manual transmission vehicle. These vehicles are designed with fewer mobile parts than their automatic transmission counterparts. This means that wear and tear on transmission system components often happens at a slower rate on manual transmission systems. As such, manual vehicle owners will need to repair and/or replace transmission system components less often.

Fuel Efficiency

Among the top reasons to choose a manual transmission vehicle for a first-time shopper is that manual vehicles often have greater fuel efficiency than automatic transmissions. This is explained in a number of ways. For one, manual transmission systems don't feature power-hungry components that significantly increase power consumption within the transmission system. Examples of such components include the hydraulic pump that is a standard feature in automatic transmission vehicles.

Similarly, the components of manual transmission systems are less complex and generally use less power than equivalent components in automatic transmission systems. For example, manual vehicles typically use a rigid clutch to facilitate gear shifts. Comparatively, automatic transmission vehicle use torque converters while variable transmission vehicles use V-belts. Operation of the clutch often requires less power than that which is required by the torque converter or the V-belt.

Manual transmission vehicle models may not be as popular as their automatic cousins in today's world. However, these vehicles present several advantages for prospective first-time vehicle owners in addition to giving them the bragging rights for driving a stick-shift.