Shopping for a Vehicle
When it’s time to shop for a vehicle, you’ll want to look at more than the color of the car and the size of the engine. Here are some useful tips to help you make a decision you can live with.
- Check safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- Choose a newer mid-size sedan with the following safety features.
- Antilock braking system (ABS)
- Daytime running lights
- Electronic stability control
- Side airbags
- Adjustable/lockable head restraints
- Look for a vehicle similar in weight, power and size to what you use for practice driving — or plan extra practice hours with the new vehicle.
- Look for a warranty.
- Check the vehicle history and maintenance records.
- Conduct a pre-purchase inspection.
- Avoid vehicles with excessive mileage.
- Research insurance costs.
- Don’t pay more than you can afford.
- Weigh pros and cons of older vehicles.
- Consider a certified used car.
- Factor in gas mileage.
- Becoming the New Driver – Designed for teens, this brochure outlines tips and responsibilities of being a safe driver.
- AAA AutoMaker – This program provides information on purchasing new vehicles
- AAA also offers a series of 'how-to' videos on YouTube to help with the car-buying process.