Let’s face it: it doesn’t matter that it is still summer, it is also back to school time. I don’t like it as much as you don’t but it is happening. Whether your child is in high school or headed off to their first year in college, having them in a safe but not too expensive car is a great idea.
Searching for a car for your child could be a daunting task. They have their own opinions as do you. So the whether you include them in the decision or not, you can both agree their first car will be a used one.
But what should you look for when looking for a used car for your teen?
First, you have to set a budget. When looking for a used car, you’d want to stay within what you can afford but also what won’t put you into a ton of debt. Paying cash is always best but not everyone can do that. Make sure you make a plan and stick to it.
Next, you want to have a set mileage in mind, especially if you are financing this car. The more the miles, the more trouble you could have with the car because you weren’t the original owners. But it also teaches your teen: Take care of the car and the car will take care of you.
Here are a couple of cars you can look into when searching:
- Honda Civic/Accord
- Hyundai Elantra
- Hyundai Tuscan
- Jeep Compass
- Kia Forte
- Mazda 3
What do these cars have in common? Great safety ratings, great resale value, and they hold up very well. Finding a used one at your local dealership should be easy and you should find it in great condition. Plus, not one of these should be a problem with your child.