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4 Tips For Buying Your Kid’s First Car

 

 

 

It seems like only yesterday when you were changing diapers, shopping for toys, or walking your kid into their first day of school. But time flies, your baby grew up and now they have a driver’s license. Instead of shopping for toys, you’re shopping for their first car. Where do you start?

When it comes to picking out a car, your image-conscious teenager probably isn’t thinking about fuel economy, safety ratings, or reliability. That’s where you and your experience enter the picture. However, we know there are many factors to consider and we want to help, so we put together these 5 tips for buying your kid’s first car: 

Safety

As a parent, the number one thing on your mind is keeping your child as safe as possible. You want them to be happy, but you also want them to be safe. If you’re buying a brand new car this is much less challenging, but if you happen to be shopping pre-owned vehicles, be sure all safety features such as airbags, seatbelts, and traction control are in good working order.

Once you’ve found a car that fits your needs, have it checked out by a professional technician to ensure things like brakes, lights, steering, and tires are good to go.

Size

This is something important to think about, though it may not have been the first thing that entered your mind. It may seem like a good idea to put your kid into a larger vehicle because it seems safer. The other side of the coin is thinking that a small car is the way to go because they’re easier to handle. Like most things in life, the best answer lies somewhere closer to the middle. While it’s true that a larger vehicle may offer more protection in case of an accident, they’re also more difficult to handle. And it’s true that a small car is easier to handle, but go too small and there’s definitely less protection in an accident. Midsize cars offer the best of both worlds.

Price Range

After safety, this is probably the next most important thing on your mind. Generally, most people spend $10,000 or less on a car for their teenager. A new car can be expensive, especially for a first car, and there are a lot of great options available for $10k or less. Once you know the price range that fits within your budget, you can narrow down the makes and models you and your kid are interested in. Keep in mind that safety is your top priority and you’ll do fine.

Estimated Cost To Operate

Even when you find a vehicle that fits the above criteria, check into what it will cost to operate. Your primary expenses will be fuel, oil changes, tires, and insurance. You can use the MPG rating of a vehicle to estimate yearly fuel costs. Some vehicles require full synthetic oil changes which are significantly more expensive than a typical oil change. Additionally, some vehicles use more expensive tires than others. It only takes a few minutes to look into these things, but doing so can save you a chunk of money down the road.

These 4 tips will help you get started. It’s always a good idea to include your teen in on the process because they’ll have things they want in a car too. But if you use these 4 tips, you can be confident you’ll find the right car that will make both of you happy.

And when its time to start shopping, don't forget Jack Kain Ford, 3405 Lexington Road, Versailles, KY | www.KainFord.com | 859.873.6666

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