Buying Your Teen’s First Car – 5 Considerations for Every Parent
So, your little one has just turned 18 and started taking driving lessons. This is an exciting time for any family – but it can also be scary and intimidating. So, when it comes down to buying their first car, it is essential to make some considerations and ensure that it has all the necessary safety features.
As a new driver, your kid won’t be so experienced on the road and teaching them the importance of being cautious, respectful of other drivers, and smart in their decision-making on the road is vital. On the other hand, investing in the right car can make a difference! Here is some food for thought that can guide you to choose the best and safest car for your teenager!
1. Opt for a Used – but Safe – Car
Learning how to drive is an essential rite of passage and, with time and experience, your child will be able to handle most situations with confidence. However, during the first months, their car is bound to fall victim to minor scratches and bumps, and investing in a brand new vehicle is not always the smartest choice.
Luckily, today, you can invest in used or affordable cars with nothing to envy new models. But don’t forget that consulting an experienced dealer who will examine and assess the vehicle’s safety is crucial!
2. Budget for Unforeseen Costs
The car’s price is not the only cost you will have to deal with. Of course, there is insurance and fuel. However, older vehicles can also end up costing more because of the frequent maintenance, checks, and repairs needed.
Ultimately, buying a used car can be a smart choice, but you should ensure that it can still easily handle several miles on the road before needing servicing. And, of course, it is crucial to understand the car’s fuel consumption before committing to such a monthly expense!
What Will They Use the Car For?
Not all cars are suitable for the same kind of driving. If you live in the city centre and your teen will only drive it to work and back, you might consider opting for a much smaller model that is easy to manoeuvre and park.
However, if your child needs to drive the car through rural areas and for more miles, you might find that a more reliable vehicle can give you peace of mind that other models wouldn’t be able to provide. Make sure you both agree that the car will be used!
Start Looking for Insurance Early
Whether your teenager has already passed a driving test or has just started taking driving lessons, it is never too early to start looking at insurance policies. Most insurers will offer plans that are particularly costly, especially for first-time drivers. But, with enough research, you will be able to find a policy that is not only convenient but will also cover every situation.
Consider an Electric Vehicle
Not many ex first-time drivers could enjoy the luxury of an electric vehicle. However, today, hybrid and electric cars have become increasingly popular, and they make for a smart choice for any driver. Aside from helping you save on fuel, it is an excellent choice to limit emissions, live a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle, and enjoy a long-term investment.
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