What advice would you give a student buying an aircraft?
What was recommended to me.
1. Instead of a pre-buy get an annual done as the pre-buy. It is more thorough and can find issues, before you invest a lot of money.
2. Be prepared if an issue does arise with your plane that it has to be down for maintenance. If you have to rent while it is down, be prepared for that extra cost.
3. Have a budget for unexpected repairs, don't think of just the cost of the plane, think about the yearly maintenance and if any issue arises (need an engine, a window cracks, flat tire, etc.) Also, remember tie-down or hangar costs (or get on a hangar list and make sure you have the budget if one comes open)
4. Find a good A&P and maintenance shop. This advice is probably the most important. It's your own plane and you learn it and its quirks, so find a maintenance shop that doesn't mind you asking lots of questions, and lets you look inside while it is in annual, so you can see the inner workings.