With a teenager in the house, it’s time to start thinking about buying a vehicle for him.  He wants a car, but we think he would prefer a small truck, but ultimately, his dad and I want to make sure he is okay with the final purchase.  From safety to features, there are so many things to consider, and these tips for buying your teen a used car sure do help!


  1. Shop around (and buy) at the end of the month or end of the year when the dealer’s goals are kept in mind.
  2. Once you have your eye on a vehicle, go home and research it. Take a look at the car’s Kelley Blue Book value to see the suggested retail value.
  3. Now, look at the car’s current mileage and car history, which can be found on  Sometimes, if you ask the dealership, they can provide this to you. (Otherwise, there is a small fee for each report.)
  4. Finally, look at the car’s interior and exterior, and use this to your advantage when presenting an offer.  If you need to take the vehicle to a mechanic, don’t be afraid to do so!
  5. TIP: read reviews online to help in your final decision. Customers are honest and the feedback is usually great!

If you have questions about buying a used car, make sure you ask. Most dealers are kind and helpful — all are willing and ready to make the sale.


Thanks to Buhler Hazlet for sponsoring this post. Check them out for all your new and used car needs in the NJ area.

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