What to Look for When Buying a Car for your Teenage Driver

So It's Time to Buy Your Teen a Car?

?and nothing has frightened and exhilarated you more than the time they took their first step. Whether the driver's license is hot in your teen's hand or you simply want to get a head start on the inevitable, there is a lot you should know about buying your teen's first car. Doing so will not only help you feel better, but ensure your teen can safely enjoy their new freedom on the road.

Before You Get Started

While nothing is predictable with a teenager in the house, preparing beforehand can streamline the process and make this important journey more exciting for everyone involved. By following these simple steps, you can set your teen driver up for success on the road:

  • Start by setting a good example. Evaluate your own driving habits and see if there are areas that need improvement. Gather your family together and talk about how all the drivers and soon-to-be drivers in the home can be safer on the road.  Don't be afraid to enforce the rules you set and repeat discussions as needed.
  • Provide your teen with car-related responsibilities. Have them fill up the gas tank when it's low and wash the car when it's dirty. If applicable, show your teen how to check the oil, change a tire, and replace the windshield wiper fluid.
  • When the time gets closer to buying the vehicle, involve your teen. Not only will they gain important knowledge for future car buying experiences, but they'll feel more empowered as you allow them to take part in the process.

Finding the Right Vehicle

Your teen driver will most likely want the newest, hottest car on the road, but it's up to you to know better. When buying your teen's first car, there are a number of things that should be taken into consideration.

First and foremost, determine if you'll be buying new or used. For the most part, you may want to stick with a used car. Used cars are cheaper and more dispensable less likely to keep you (or your teen driver) awake at night in terror of picking up a scratch or dent! This might also be a perfect fit for a teen driver who may be ready for something else in a few short years.

Second, make sure you put safety ahead of aesthetics. While smaller cars may look nice, they often lack the heavy duty safety features of larger vehicles. Along with size, other important features to consider are the number of airbags, the type of brakes, as well as the amount of horsepower available. Take the time to check out the safety ratings for the vehicle make and model you are interested in purchasing.

Finally, make sure your teen has a chance to drive the vehicle before you purchase it. Take it through the type of road environment your teen will likely be driving in regularly, as well as the highway. Talk with them about how they felt handling the car.

Don't Be Afraid to Involve the Professionals

At Ed Kenley Ford, we have years of experience with helping teen drivers and their parents find the perfect car. With a helpful team, a wonderful inventory of used cars, and a determination to help you have a great car buying experience, you can rest assured you and your family will receive the care and attention you need for such an important decision.