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3 Factors to Consider When Buying a Car

Dependability

No one wants to buy their teenager a vehicle that will leave them sitting on the side of the road. Therefore, you should check around on the web to find out which cars are the most dependable option. Volkswagens, Volvos, and Nissans are all dependable. Most owners say that they can live forever. However, no matter how much you spend on a vehicle, there is always potential for it to have breakdowns. The tradeoff on the most dependable cars on the market is that when something does break down on them, it is a lot more expensive to repair. As a parent, you must decide how dependable you want and how much you may be willing to spend on repairs if it does break down.

Fun and Features

r8vsviperEveryone wants a vehicle that is fun to drive. Your teen is no different. The fun aspect can come from speed or from features that make it enjoyable. The good news is, there are a lot of newer cars on the used car market that have features your teen may enjoy and enough speed to keep them content without becoming unsafe. Look for cars that have already been upgraded by the previous owner. If you can swing it, a Lamborghini Gallardo will make all of your child’s friends jealous! It may be an aftermarket radio or a speaker set that impresses anyone standing near it. Choose a vehicle that has a quick pick up speed over a car that has a higher top speed. Find a car that is a family sedan type vehicle that has a fin on it or other features that make it look like a sportier style car.

Final Thoughts

All of these things are easy to find in a vehicle that is reasonably priced and even if it takes you a little time to find the features your child wants, it will be well worth it in the end. The important thing is that you and your child have to be content with the purchase. No one wants to feel shame when they pull it into the school parking lot. A suggestion would be that you start searching early for a car that everyone can live with and one that is priced in the range you are searching for.

Often, parents and kids start looking at vehicles together a year before it comes time for the teen to get their license. One good thing about purchasing early is that when it is time for your teen to get their learner’s permit, they can learn in the car that they will one day drive solo. They will be comfortable in the car and know all of its features. They will have control over the vehicle and know how to drive that car safely. This will all make you breathe a little easier when your teen finally does get their license and takes their car for their first solo ride.

What Makes a Good First Car

firstcarAll young teens have a dream car in mind. For most it is not always a practical first car that they are thinking of, because many kids want the sports cars or those that look great. This puts parents in a tough spot. They want their kids to have a car that is nice, but they also want on that will not send their insurance skyrocketing. They want something dependable, but not overly fast or expensive. Do you know the features that make a first car great? Here are a few things for you to consider when trying to figure out, “What makes a good first car”.

Stay Safe

Being a new driver does not always mean they are great drivers. There are a lot of new drivers each year that end up crashing their new car. Often it happens because they are distracted. They may have friends riding along or have the radio up loud, and make a simple mistake. That is why parents may set ground rules about how many friends can be in the car and other things. They may also encourage their child to avoid texting or talking on the phone while they are learning to drive. All of these are great things, but you should also put your child into a car that is designed to be safe.

Look for vehicles that have side impact airbags as well as a good overall safety rating. There are several nice looking cars that have safety as a number one priority and luckily, most are very affordable options.

You can search through insurance websites to find out what vehicles have the best highway safety rankings.

You may want to avoid SUVs because of their rollover potential. It is not hard to over correct when you are a new driver. The fact that SUVs are top heavy makes it more possible for an accident to become serious.

Price

Shopping based on price is something most parents choose to do. Some parents choose to purchase an older vehicle that their child can fix up. It is a great way to teach the teen about how to care for their new care and makes them appreciate the car more, as well. Other parents are willing to spend a few thousand dollars on a vehicle to ensure that their teen has a reliable source of transportation. It all depends on your finances and what you are most comfortable with. As a general rule, though, parents expect a few dents and dings to be in their teenager’s first vehicle, so they see no reason to purchase a car that is brand new. Often, the price of the teen’s first car will be whatever the child has saved up and money that their parents can afford to spend.

When looking at the price, you may also want to take into consideration the insurance on it. By having a teenager on your insurance policy, you can immediately expect an increase in price. You further add to the increase when you purchase a small sports car or an SUV. Even though the sports car or SUV is more fun, if saving money is important to your family, you may want to steer clear of them for a little while.