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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