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4 Tips for Parents Considering Buying a Car for Their Teenager

If your teen is at or near the age of driving, you can be sure you’ll soon start hearing about buying them a car of their own. While this certainly isn’t an option for every family, it can make things more convenient when you need to use your own car for other purposes. Finding the right car for a teenage driver, though, can be a bit of a hassle. To ensure everyone gets what they need out of the process, here are four tips for parents considering buying a car for their teenager.

Keep it Simple

Though various features and creature comforts are nice to have for adult drivers, these extra items can cause distractions for teenage drivers who are still getting used to the road. That’s why it’s important to find a car for your teen that’s as simple as possible. Typically, the lower trim levels of a particular vehicle model will have fewer features that aren’t necessary for the safe operation of a car.

Consider Safety

Even though it can be tempting to buy the cheapest vehicle you can find, it’s important to consider the safety of that vehicle before you hand over your money. A reputable used car lot will offer vehicles that are both affordable and safe, meaning that you can have at least a little peace of mind when your teen hits the road. As vehicles continue to add more safety features, even vehicles that are several years old are quite safe for drivers of all skill levels.

Avoid Powerful Engines

There’s just something about a teen in a car with a powerful engine that causes the teen to lose their self-control. Unless you want to pay overwhelming insurance costs due to multiple speeding tickets, it’s probably best to avoid any sports cars for your teen’s first car. While sporty vehicles certainly have the looks your teen is wanting, a practical sedan or small SUV provides equally reliable transportation from point A to point B.

Limit Insurance Costs

Speaking of high insurance costs, the stereotype that teens pay a high amount for auto insurance is 100% true. Therefore, when you’re looking for a car for your teen, it’s important to find a vehicle that will help lower those insurance costs as much as possible. Insurance companies charge different premiums for different vehicles based on the age of the vehicle, safety ratings, the likelihood of the vehicle being stolen, and other factors. If you do your research, you can find a vehicle that will at least help keep your insurance costs manageable.

The last thing you want is to invest in a car for your teen only for it to stop working after a few years due to poor maintenance. That’s why a buying teen’s first car provides a great opportunity for you to teach your teen about proper vehicle maintenance. By instilling these good habits in them now, they’ll be better prepared to take care of their vehicles in the future.

Tim Esterdahl

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