Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Brief Guide to Purchasing Used Cars for First-time Teenage Drivers

So your teenage son finally turned 16 and is now eligible for getting his driver’s license. As you can no longer lend him your four-year-old Chrysler Sebring because of big changes in your work schedule, it’s only fair to help him out so he can get his own car. Here are a few tips to keep in mind: 


Consider a used car instead of a new one.

While your son may have a summer job at the neighborhood diner and you’re willing to help out a bit with the expenses, financially speaking, a new car is a stretch at this time. Thus, look into the options of used cars instead as they are more affordable than new cars. Plus, used cars cost less to insure, something that your teen can handle on his own.

Look into sedans.

When car-shopping for their teens, some parents go for the bulkiest vehicle they can find, like an SUV, believing that this will ensure safety. However, heavy vehicles tend to roll over in cases of collision, and it may be a good idea to look into sedans instead. Sedans like the Chrysler 2012 300 LTD are big enough to protect a driver and spacious enough to seat teenage friends to go to the movies or watch sports games.

Have a trusted mechanic inspect the vehicle.

So your son’s safety won’t be compromised while on the road, have a mechanic ]inspect the used car before you sign any purchasing agreement. A mechanic won’t only examine the car’s current condition but also what the car will probably need in a few years’ time. If the car dealer refuses to bring in your own mechanic, consider that as a red flag.

Getting first-time teenage drivers their first vehicle is a bit more complex than getting your own car. With teenagers only being able to hold part-time jobs, they face rigorous financial limitations, putting the option of new cars out of their budget range. Fortunately, parents like you can help them purchase a financially sensible but quality used car.

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