What to Look for in a Teen’s First Car

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Many parents will find themselves in a situation at some point where they want to purchase their teen’s first car. Of course, some parents may require the teen to come up with the down payment or even help in paying for the car and its required insurance, but either way, parents should have the ultimate say in the vehicle that’s purchased. For those looking to buy a car for their newly driving teens, however, there are some important things to look for before shelling out one’s hard-earned money.

Something Used

One of the worst things a parent can do is to buy a brand new car for their teen driver. After all, teen drivers are statistically much more likely to get into an accident, so buying a new car is typically not the best idea. Instead, used car buying fro a reputable Orlando car lot is recommended for parents of new drivers. This way, they can get a great deal on a car and, in the event that the teen gets into a fender bender or accident, at least it will happen in a used car rather than something shiny, new, and expensive.

Safety Ratings

Of course, safety should also be a top priority when shopping for a car for a teen driver. This is especially true when one takes into consideration the above fact that teen drivers are much more likely to get into an accident. As such, when buying a used car, it’s important for parents to do some research in regards to the safety ratings on said vehicle (especially if they’re buying an older one). Parents should specifically make sure that the car has working air bags.

Smaller Size

Finally, while some parents will lean towards a larger car for their teen drivers with the mentality that larger vehicles are safer, this isn’t always true. With a larger car, this also means that the teen driver can potentially have more passengers, which in turn increases the chance of distracted driving. Instead, it may be wise to select a mid-size sedan that will fit just a few people or, if they choose to go with a larger car, for parents to place a limit on the number of passengers the teen can drive with.

Shopping for a car for a teen can be a nerve-wracking yet exciting experience. Parents should just keep these considerations in mind to make the right choice.

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In most shopping experiences you are familiar with the store and its policies. You understand the taxes, the return policy, and the products and services they offer. It’s within that familiarity that the shopping experience proves simple and straightforward.

This is why it is important to research the dealership. No doubt you’ve done the research on your car. The options you want. The price you’re willing to pay. And you’ve probably narrowed down your selection to one or a few vehicles. But did you research the dealership?

Do you know the policies? Do they have hidden fees? How are previous shoppers talking about them in online reviews? Do you know anyone who has purchased from them?

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Not all stores are the same. Some may be all about the sale, pushy, and try to upsell you. Yet some may be relaxed and more customer focused. Perhaps they specialize in helping those with bad credit? Just be sure to include research of the dealership in all your information gathering. It will only serve to help in the car purchasing process.


Shopping. A word that can conjure up an array of emotions depending on the product in question. Clothes shopping? Count me in! Shoe shopping? Let’s do it! Grocery shopping? Okay, I do have to eat. Car shopping? Well umm..

Evolution Auto in Sanford, Florida

Evolution Auto in Sanford, Florida

The idea of buying a car can be exciting. Driving around some “new to me” wheels is great! It’s like wearing that new dress for the first time. It feels great! You look great! You enjoy all the compliments and excitement. Yet buying a new dress is simple. It requires no negotiating or haggling or financing! It’s straightforward and easy. No pushy sales people. No annoying “add-ons” being thrown at you. No need to put on a front. No need to bring along someone who is good at negotiating. And no fear that they may take advantage of me.

I suppose that train of thought is why we are a “One Price Store”! Buying a car can be stressful enough without having the added annoyance of negotiating a price. In addition, online research becomes much easier. With a simple search you can arm yourself with all the information you need. Knowing we don’t negotiate or surprise with any hidden fees, you can rest easy as you take steps closer to making your decision.

We’ve all experienced those pushy sales people and likely, most of them were encountered in a car dealership. Yet with a one price, no negotiating environment that horrible experience can become a distant memory. As our world becomes smaller, faster, and more informed, it only makes sense that the car buying experience begins evolving as well.

Quick Guide for Purchasing Used Trucks in Orlando

Quick Guide for Purchasing Used Trucks in Orlando

Choosing to purchase a used truck in Orlando can be a confusing and risky situation. If the buyer makes a poor decision, it could cost thousands to repair the vehicle. To make matters even worse, it’s difficult to give a used truck the eye test and determine whether it is a good investment or a lemon. However, shoppers can use the following information to get a better perspective on the vehicle’s upkeep.

Get a CarFax

In any case, a CARFAX report is an essential tool for purchasing a used truck in Orlando. The CARFAX will tell the buyer how many users the vehicle has had, whether the vehicle has been in any wrecks, and much more. It’s important to understand that even a clean CARFAX will not guarantee the vehicle is trouble free. However, this report does commonly unveil relevant issues. In addition to the CARFAX, it’s imperative to have an inspection done before the purchase is made.

The Inspection

Since most shoppers are not mechanics, it’s a great practice to take the vehicle to an experienced technician. During the inspection, the mechanic will most likely take a look underneath the vehicle and:

  • Check for damage and leaks
  • Check for signs of previous major repairs or damage
  • Inspect the drive shaft, brakes, steering components, and U-joints

A little rust on the frame, springs, and axles is highly common. However, if the mechanic can poke a hole through any metal, it means it has become brittle and weak, which would be an indicator of structural rust and a sign to move on to another vehicle. An experienced mechanic will be able to provide the shopper with a realistic idea of the parts that must be repaired and the cost before the truck is purchased.

All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

Most shoppers are attracted to used trucks in Orlando because of flashy lift kits, chrome wheels, and other add-ons. However, when making an intelligent decision, it’s important to look past the obvious bells and whistles and ask the right questions, such as:

  • Why does the truck have a new paint job?
  • Is the new paint job hiding rust?
  • Do the rims change the handling and driving ability of the vehicle?
  • Do those add-ons void any warranties?

Off-Road Vehicle

If the truck is designed for off-roading, the buyer should also be concerned how hard it was driven. A large percentage of trucks are actually designed for off-road use, but never leave the pavement. The ones that were actually used for off-roading will often show serious signs of wear underneath the vehicle.

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Summer Road Trip Ideas!

I am certainly one always up for some adventure! Driving in a car for HOURS at a time isn’t so appealing, but a Road Trip.. well that’s completely different! Especially if like me, you just got a hybrid from Evolution Auto! Time to hit the road on a fun Summer whim and here are some great ideas I came across.. thank you Pinterest!

There’s nothing more American than hitting the open road with the windows down, the music up, and a cooler full of beer in the backseat (you know, for later). Sure, the game has changed a little—smartphones have all but rendered guidebooks and crumpled maps obsolete—but one essential question remains: where to go? Look no further. We hand-picked the ten best, most adventure-packed road trips in the country.

Eureka, California, to Coos Bay, Oregon

Soak in the Pacific on this 250-mile trip from Eureka to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area—it’s every bit as stunning as California’s iconic Highway 1, but without the crowds.

Southern Colorado Loop

Bomb down epic singletrack, play in Class IV whitewater, and take in Colorado’s famous 14,000-foot vistas on this 500-mile multisport tour of a lifetime.

Grand Canyon, Arizona, to Moab, Utah

Hit six classic national parks in a ten-day, 862-mile epic through the best canyons in the Southwest.

Jackson, Wyoming, to Glacier National Park, Montana

See the country’s most iconic wildlife and mountains at five stunning national parks along this 600-mile route.

Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Forge your way through 495,000-acre Chugach State Park and the 1.9-million-acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on a 500-mile pilgrimage through the Last Frontier.

Olympic Peninsula loop, Washington

Get soaked on this 550-mile journey past 73 miles of Pacific coastline, dozens of whitewater rivers, and a temperate rainforest in a million-acre national park.

The Big Island loop, Hawaii

Play in the waves and summit a snow-covered volcano in the same day on this 300-mile tour of paradise.

Las Cruces, New Mexico, through West Texas

Explore the biggest, starkest landscapes in the country on this 950-mile, ten-day adventure.

Duluth, Minnesota, to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Get your fill of Lake Superior views on this 550-mile, five-day tour through prime hiking and biking country.

New Orleans, Louisiana, to Apalachicola, Florida

Gorge yourself on this 425-mile seafood tasting menu, with plenty of opportunities to surf, kayak, or hang out on the beach along the way.