Buying a good used car for teenagers is definitely important both for their safety and your peace of mind. Knowing what to look for will help you and your teen find the right car for their circumstances. Here is help in how to find good used cars for teenagers.
The two most important things to look for when buying a car for a teen is: safety of the car and gas mileage. Those two factors will be looked at in this article.
Hopefully you’ve already traveled with the teenager in question so you have an idea of their capabilities behind the wheel. If you haven’t, do so immediately. You need to get an idea of their skill level and handling ability before you start shopping around.
You need to work out how it’s being paid for and what the budget should be. From there, have a look online to see what sort of cars are available and in what condition. Consider traveling to larger cities for better deals.
Talk to your teen about their wants and needs. If they don’t need a lot of space, consider hatchback or smaller sedan models that are generally more economic when it comes to gas. They are also easier to maneuver on the road which can lead to greater control.
If your teen is paying for the gas then fuel economy is vitally important. Most cars and their mileage ratings can be found online or my visiting dealerships in your town. There are some hybrid models that are just hitting the used car market, and are worth considering, however have them checked mechanically for any battery issues or problems with their quality.
Look into the information available online about the history of potential purchases using their VIN number. Also look at general information on specific makes and models and see whether the reviews and comments you find meet the safety requirements you want for your teenager.
Buying a good used car for teenagers is important. Have it mechanically checked regardless of where it comes from and what the seller tells you. Make sure the teen feels safe and comfortable in the driver’s seat and have them test drive if at all possible because they will be the one using the car.
Look at the available safety features on newer used cars and consider what you would feel most comfortable including, and what is on your must-have list. If you find cars with these features, check that they are in working order – don’t assume anything in a used car is working. Get a pre-purchase inspection every time.
Once you have found the ideal car, give your teen some thinking time. Don’t jump into an impulse purchase. Try to strike a balance between style and safety if that is important to your teen. Consider a better deal on a car and get it pained rather than paying a premium for a less ideal vehicle in the ‘right’ color. Color should not be the deciding factor in vehicle purchase though you will probably come up against some opposition to that theory with your teen. So be prepared.