If you have a teenager at home and you’re starting to think about purchasing a car for them, there are several things that you should be keeping in mind while searching.
Consider Purchasing a Used Car
Insurances rates can be extremely high for teenagers but many used cars will reduce that cost. If you are interested in purchasing a used car, consider purchasing from a dealership where the car will be dealer-certified and will come with a limited warranty. It might be tempting to browse online and purchase a cheaper car for a couple thousand but you can bet that those cars likely have pre-existing issues.
Consider Committing to Safety Features
If you do purchase a new car for your teen, you’ll be able to take advantage of more add-on safety features. Safety features such as a rear-view camera, adaptive headlights, and blind-spot monitoring can be a huge benefit to a teenage driver. Although these features might cost a bit more money to add on initially, ensuring the safety of your teenager for years to come is priceless.
Consider a Simple Sedan
Although your teen is probably hoping for a giant SUV or an impressive sports car, it’s probably not in your budget and it’s certainly not in your or their best interest. A simple sedan can provide plenty of space, typically has decent gas mileage, and is fairly safe when compared to smaller cars. A midsize car is your best option based on price and overall safety.
Looking for more suggestions on what car to purchase for your teen driver? Consumer Reports just released the list of “Best New Cars for Teens.”