It's an exciting time for teenagers when they first get their license. It gives them a sudden boost of freedom and the ability to get where they want, when they want. But being a teen driver also comes with added responsibility. It is always important for you as a parent to talk with your teen about the rules of the road and tips for avoiding distracted driving. If they can show they have the maturity to handle having their license, you may be looking into getting them their own vehicle. Teenagers today lead busy lives and between school, jobs, and other activities. It can make life for the whole family easier if your teen to transport themselves. So now comes the tough question - what type of car is best to buy for your teen? You want something that is reliable, safe and modern, but also something that fits your budget. Read on below for some great tips, and things to think about when buying your teen their own car!
When it comes to acquiring a car for your teen, parent's top priorities will likely be safety and reliability. They may wonder, will a used car be up to those standards? The fact is, buying used for your teen is a perfect option. Many pre-owned cars are extremely reliable and even carry all the latest safety features that a new car would. Other benefits to buying used are lower insurance rates and avoiding new car depreciation. It is important to purchase your teen's used car from a lot where the vehicle is dealer-certified and comes with a limited warranty. For added security, you can even purchase a certified preowned vehicle from a dealer like Easterns, giving you an ultimate peace of mind.
Now that you have decided to purchase used, you may wonder what type of car you should be looking for! Your teen will likely care most about the looks and sportiness, but the American Automobile Association advises against bigger SUVs or high-powered sports cars. Instead, they recommend a midsized car or a crossover; something that will be easy for your teen to handle. You can browse inventory online, and narrow down your options to a few models. Next, you can do a little research - do others recommend these models? Do they have good reliability scores? Do they get good fuel efficiency? Since your teen will likely be paying for the gas, the last thing you want is a gas-guzzler.
The first step toward your teen's safety is to educate them about things like distracted driving and the importance of wearing a seatbelt. It's also important to set a good example for them when you are behind the wheel. The next step is to find a used car that has modern safety features. At the very least you want a vehicle with front and side airbags. If your budget allows for a newer car you may also be on the lookout for features such as rear-view cameras, blind-spot detection, automatic emergency braking, and electronic stability control. Many brands today also make models that have specific teen safety technology. The technology can do things like inhibiting texting while driving and help you monitor their speed and location.
If you are the parent of a teen who has just got their license, it can be both an exciting and worrisome time. You want to find a vehicle for them that will keep them safe and is in great shape. But you also likely have a budget to stick to. Here at Easterns we have an incredible selection of cars and SUVs that are perfect for teen drivers! A few models you may want to check out are the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Chevy Cruze, Nissan Versa, and the Jeep Compass, just to name a few. If you are not sure where to start in your search, give us a call or stop by one of our locations! We are more than happy to help walk you through the process of finding that perfect car for your teen. You can also browse inventory on our website and even get pre-approved.