The teenage years can be a stressful period for parents and teens. Decisions become more serious, such as purchasing a vehicle. That being said, purchasing a car does not have to an additional stressor.
When it comes to buying a vehicle for your teen, chances are safety, reliability, and expense are at the top of your concern. When teens first start driving they are less likely to see hazardous situations. Often, their experience only includes driving with an instructor or parent-guided sessions throughout the local area. If you are concerned about safety, a car’s interior and exterior condition, vehicle history, and other safety features should be researched. Don’t hesitate to also ask about previous accidents and maintenance reports. This should help you get a better idea about how long the car may last, which is especially important when buying used.
Without doing your research on the car, you risk having hidden repairs and ongoing maintenance costs. Also, some car brands require more dealership repairs and expensive parts. Once you factor in these potential future costs, it may change your perspective.
While teenagers might prefer a car based on their aesthetic, a practical car purchase can help keep them safe and costs low. For more tips on purchasing a teen’s first car, check out the resource below. It also provides a few ideas for taking care of your teens’ car as well as important laws new drivers should focus on following.
Infographic created by Capital Auto Auction, an auto auction company