Shopping for Transportation
If you’ve decided that your teen needs a car, here are some useful tips to help you and your teen make a car-buying decision you both 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 car similar in weight, power and size to what you use for practice driving – or plan extra practice hours with the new car.
- Look for a warranty.
- Check the vehicle history and maintenance records.
- Conduct a pre-purchase inspection.
- Avoid cars 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.