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If you have a teen about to start driving, it is only natural for you to want the best for them. With safe, stable driving in mind, it is important to know how to help them choose the right car and come up with a budget for it. Consider some of the following tips that can make a significant impact on the way your search goes.
Get Involved in the Search
When your teen starts looking for a car, make sure to get involved. This means going with them to look at different cars, negotiating prices, and searching listings. Not only will this ensure they do not overspend but it will also give you peace of mind knowing they got a good deal on their first car.
What better way to get involved than by doing research together online? You can review all the options available before making your choice, which can help teach your teen to research opportunities online first. This will give you both a greater understanding of the price and what realistic options are available before heading down to the dealership.
Many dealerships are owned by specific brands, so if you are looking for a used Nissan or a used Hyundai, finding the appropriate dealership can allow you to enjoy a smoother and easier search. Some individuals have brand loyalty when it comes to their vehicles. If this is the case for you and your family, try searching on these dealership sites first.
Start Prepping Early
It’s important that you do not wait until the last minute to start helping your teen save up money for their first car. Instead, start prepping early by opening a savings account in their name or start putting away money into yours. This is where they can contribute regularly towards buying their vehicle. Before finalizing anything, make sure you compare quotes from different automobile insurance companies online before proceeding further as it would be beneficial in the financial long run. Once you have an idea of what to spend on your teen’s first car, start saving.
If your child does not have a part-time job, consider encouraging them to apply for a job to help save for a car. This is great a great time to instill money management and that hard work pays off! Having this extra stream of income will not only help with payment but any repairs needed and upgrades.
Even if your teen is eager to buy a certain kind of car, try to be practical and go with something that is both affordable and user-friendly instead. You want them to get a good feel for what driving is like before they purchase something more lavish. Try to think about safety as well. The last thing any parent wants is for their child to get into an accident, so always try to focus on safety features when helping your teen choose a new car.
By scrolling online first, you can search safety ratings and personal reviews of vehicles before heading down to the lot. This is a great way to ensure that you are making the best choice for your teen’s first car. Personal recommendations should also be considered for vehicles. Ask friends and family if there are any models they’ve had good experiences with.
When you are ready to get out there to test drive the vehicles, go with them and help them stay informed of what to look for. If you’ve done work in advance, such as online searches and saving, you’ll be properly prepared at the dealership to find the best car.
By Lizzie Weakley
who is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.