Preparing for your teen’s first car means more than making sure he or she passes the driving test.  Owning a vehicle is a big responsibility, and it’s important as a parent to make sure your son or daughter is ready.  

Tips For Buying A Teen’s First Car

Once it’s time to start shopping for your teen’s first car, it’s wise to set a budget and stick with it.  It’s better to settle for something affordable than break the bank with something fancy.  Make sure to spend some time and check various options to buy.  Not only are there private sales and car yards, a dedicated auction house can deliver some great bargains.

In fact, it’s also important to have a mechanic inspect any pre-owned vehicle before buying.  This will ensure that you know exactly what you’re getting into prior to signing the check.  If you don’t, there’s a chance your teen’s first car will get them into trouble financially or they’ll wind up with a lemon.  Often, the previous owner is not aware of any impending mechanical problems.  However, a professional will look for wear and tear that is not obvious but could prove to be costly.

After your teen makes the purchase, he or she will need to know the maintenance schedule and adhere to it.  It is important to learn that regular servicing can prevent damage.  A teen’s first car should be respected and well looked after!

They also should know how to drive responsibly and follow all the rules of the road.  This means never driving aggressively, texting while driving or driving under influence of liquor.

To learn how to make sure your teenager buys his or her first car the right way, read the accompanying resource. 

Infographic created by Capital Auto Auction, a vehicle auctions company


This succinct guide will help as you consider purchasing your teen’s first car. It can be a daunting task, but with the right information and some careful thought, it can be an exciting time for your family.

Watch different avenues leading up to the purchase to get a feel for what is available.  Include your child in the research process and at least consider an auto auction house when buying your teen’s first car.

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