Kids grow up so quickly. And they never quite become the people we think they will when they’re small. Who would have thought your quiet and shy little one would develop a passion for traveling? But here you are facing a dilemma. You know you have to buy your teen a car as their test date approaches. But with road trips already top of their online search history, what kind of vehicle should you buy?
It’s easy to be worried and even easier to be afraid that your child will get hurt. You’re a parent, and that’s your job. So putting them behind the wheel of their first car knowing full well they want to travel thousands of miles in it can be pretty nerve-wracking. This is their first car, and they are an inexperienced driver. But you don’t want to be THAT parent that dictates how and when they can use it. They’re nearly adults, and this car is a symbol of their maturity and rights to freedom.
You have two choices when it comes to buying a vehicle for a teen. Something low value and low power will reduce the cost of insurance and taxes that you might have to pay. But a vehicle like that might not be adequate for the journies your teen is keen to undertake. You don’t really want him or her to travel alone either, so there needs to be enough space for friends to join them.
Using a family dealership might help you make a choice. After all, a family business has been through the conundrum of buying teens a car in the past. You might be ready to pick out a brand new car, or you might want a little more advice on the benefits of a used car for this age group. You can read more here about the choices you can make. If this is to be a surprise gift for your child, it is still worth asking some questions about their expectations and preferences before you commit to the sale.
Onboard tech might be quite important to both of you. Satellite navigation is essential for anyone that wants to drive long distances to brand new places. What teen doesn’t love music? Bluetooth connectivity for your car is key to happiness! Of course, you don’t want them to be distracted. It might be best to opt for a more modern system here. Finally, consider the security on the car. This can help reduce insurance costs. Newer cars do have better security systems.
Perhaps the last thing to consider for your teen is the ease of maintenance. Choosing a very popular make and model means it is likely to be easier to pick up spares or find experienced mechanics. It also means any breakdown company you use might have a better chance of getting such a vehicle running at the roadside.
Buying a teen’s first car feels almost like a rite of passage. No longer will they be dependent on you. And no longer will you have much say in when and where they go out!