Is it time for your teen to get their first car? This decision is a big one. It is normal to feel overwhelmed, especially if you are a teen buying your own car. However, with the proper steps, you will pick a safe, practical first car confidently. We have these steps laid out to make sure you get to take advantage of the hot Labor Day sales going on before they are gone.
Step One: Discuss the Details
The first step of this process should involve an in-depth conversation between the teen and their parent. Clearly decide who will be paying for the car and what rules will be in place with this new vehicle. These expectations will make the rest of the car buying process smooth since everyone is on the same page.
Step Two: Search for the Right Car
After everyone knows what to expect, you get to do the fun stuff; looking for a car! First, consider what kind of car do you want: Will you get a more affordable used car, or would you prefer the safety of a new car? What kind of car would fit your teen’s needs? How many years will your teen be driving the car? Take a look around different dealerships in your area. Consider the safety features, insurance changes, repair jobs, and fuel economy, among other factors. Once you have narrowed your choices down, weigh out your choices and find what works right for you.
Step Three: Plan For The Worst
Your teen knows how to navigate the streets, but do they know what to do when an accident does occur. Equip your teen with everything they will need in an emergency. Give them emergency items like a first aid kit, flashlights, batteries, and traffic cones. Along with these, include vehicle registration, proof of auto insurance, as well as a pen and notepad for note-taking. Lastly, and above all else, have a plan. Please make sure you and your teen are well-prepared to act with a cool head by reading our guide on What To Do After An Accident.