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December 28, 2017 @ 12:00am

Three ways to Help Your Teen Find the Perfect CarAs a new year begins, many car dealerships are trying to clear old inventory to make way for the new. That means that if you’re in the market for that first car for your teenager, now could be a great time to start looking. Here are three tips to help you get the most bang for your buck.

First, and before you set foot on a car lot, set clear expectations with your young driver. Be sure to answer questions like, “Who is going to pay for repairs and oil changes?” What are your expectations for how the car will be used? Is it strictly a “school-and-back” vehicle or does your child have the freedom to travel wherever, whenever they want? It’s also a good idea to set a “passenger limit” on the car to minimize distractions, and to agree to a “no cell phone policy.

Next, set expectations as to what kind of car they can drive. Every kid wants the fastest, top down model they can get but keep this in mind: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teens, so safety is the top priority. A mid-size sedan offers a solid combination of space and performance, while still having enough mass and standard safety features to be a good option. Try to find a car with no fewer than six airbags; that means the two standard up front plus some side impact airbags. Also, if you go with an older model, make sure it has anti-lock brakes. Finally, especially if your child has a lead foot, look for a smaller engine size, a four cylinder instead of a six cylinder, to discourage speeding and limit acceleration.

Finally, whenever possible, get a vehicle report and have the car examined by a mechanic. Some vehicles that look okay on the outside have internal issues that make them unsafe, especially for a young driver. Make sure to test drive the car with your teenager, and use all of your senses to judge the vehicle. For example: If you smell anything musty, or if you can see that the carpet in the car is newer that the rest of the car’s components, that’s a dead giveaway that the car may have been involved in a flood. Buying from reputable dealers is a good way to avoid potential traps and pitfalls.

Follow these steps and help your teen have a fun, safe introduction to driving their own car.

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