What to Know before Buying a Car for Your Teenager
Your baby is all grown up, and soon you’ll meet in the garage waving goodbye to your teen driving away. Although you’ll probably hesitate at the beginning, just think about your teenage years and how badly you wanted a car yourself. Although it would be better to share your car, your children will appreciate getting their own car they can take care of more than that. You don’t have to buy a brand new car, mind you, as there are many choices when it comes to second-hand cars, and you can opt for this solution, and still know that your child is safe. The main focus should be the safety of your child, but be sure to pay attention to money as well.
Define the budget
This is the first thing you need to think about because it will determine the rest of the process. See what sort of budget you can afford, and look for vehicles in that price range. If you want to include your child as well, tell them to get a part-time job and save some money for the car. This will also help them learn the value of money and what it takes to buy something as pricey as a car.
Such a responsible move will put you in a position to purchase a better car, a newer model, or include some gadgets your child is going to want. Also, it’s important to talk to your teen about monthly expenses their new car will require, and define what you’re going to cover and what they’ll be paying.
Educate your teen
Although it’s great to own a car, your teen must know all the responsibilities that come with that. If you let them make all the decisions, you need to make sure they’ve covered all the basics. Besides having a full tank, there are regular check-ups at the mechanics, knowing what to do if something unexpected happens, dealing with a flat tire, and so on.
Apart from that, no matter how safe the car is, your teen needs to know how to drive properly and always stay safe on the roads. If you want to test them and see if they’re ready to own a car, go to a test drive and see how will they react on the highway, while driving at night, or during the rush hour.
Choose the car
Finding the right car for new drivers is always difficult especially because parents tend to spend too much time looking for a perfectly safe car. You could find the best option by reading reviews by other parents and checking out their experiences, as well as looking into how suitable a certain car is for a teenager.
One of the options is choosing a brand new car, and thus investing in a long term possession for your child. This is great if you have the budget for it, but you need to make sure your child knows and appreciates the value of owning a brand new car. On the other hand, you can always find a second-hand car which is also secure but comes at a much lower price. There are a few things you’ll need to inspect in order to make sure that the car is not just secure, but also in the best shape possible so that you won’t have to invest any more money into it.
Give your teen some responsibilities
Because you’ll be the one paying for the car – or at least the biggest part of it – set up some responsibilities and obligations for your teen. Besides paying for the car, you’ll have additional costs that all need to be covered before your teen can hit the road. Let them know how you want them to participate in additional costs such as gas, maintenance, parking, and cleaning.
Talk to your child and explain why it’s important to participate in paying for the car and taking care of it. This can also make them think about driving more carefully and taking better care of their vehicle. Also, explain to them how car speed can affect gas consumption and condition of the tires, which will make them think twice about driving fast. This will also make them more conscious about money management and inspire them to set a small budget for car maintenance.
Once you establish a few basic rules, you’ll have all the information you’ll need in order to find the perfect car for your teen. Don’t forget to include them into making that final choice – after all, you’re not buying the car for yourself. Don’t get afraid if you feel like you need to wait for a while before you decide to let your teen have a car because you’ll always worry every time you see them going somewhere – but, that’s just being a parent.
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