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!
- Shop around (and buy) at the end of the month or end of the year when the dealer’s goals are kept in mind.
- 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.
- Now, look at the car’s current mileage and car history, which can be found on Carfax.com. Sometimes, if you ask the dealership, they can provide this to you. (Otherwise, there is a small fee for each report.)
- 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!
- 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.