Have you got a teenager? Are they ready to start driving? Who is headed out to buy a car? Get ready for the potential resulting disagreement of what you want to purchase versus what they want and get ready to go back to your days of ‘sticking to your guns’ when you make a decision.
Used car shopping is not as bad as many make it, but you have to have a few things working on your side before you head out to car shop for a used car. Let’s take a look at 4 tips for used car shopping with teens and then make sure you bookmark this page for reference when you just might not have the strength to go on!
4 Tips For Used Car Shopping with Teens
Used car shopping with teens can be enjoyable, but you have to get organized ahead of shopping. No matter how much you love your kids, don’t get sucked in to purchasing things your budget won’t allow. Your teen needs a simple car to get from point A to Point B. Let’s see how to accomplish the task of shopping for a used car for your teen.
Limiting the capacity of a vehicle limits the number of passengers. While it might be good that your son or daughter can help you with a few errands or be running one of your other children to an event, remember, more seats equals more passengers and more distractions. Limiting seating by purchasing a car that is not huge is a win.
Write a List & Set A Price
Work on a list of things the car must have, from air conditioning to whatever amenities you are willing to buy. Stick to that list when you shop as this is how to show how to stay on the budget. If something extra is available without an up charge, consider that a win (perhaps a moonroof was built in, etc)
Set a price and stick with the price. Figure out how much the teen has to pay into it and how much you are paying into it. Make a firm decision before you go with your teen and stick to it. See if you can secure outside financing to buy the car or if the dealer offers great options for financing.
Shop At A New & Used Dealership
Don’t even think about stopping at a Mom & Pop shop for used cars. Trouble starts at that stop and just carries on along the way. Your Local Car Dealership that offers both new and used cars is a great option. In fact, you might even find a better deal on a newer car stripped of amenities with financing than on a used car loaded with amenities, so shop and learn.
No matter how hard it tugs on your heartstrings and takes you back to ‘your good old days’ do not put your child in a high-performance car because they will feel the need for speed and you will reap the punishment through fines, police charges, and possible accidents for not driving the car in a controlled manner. It’s like putting candy in front of a child, they will use it all and then some.
Stick to the 4 tips for used car shopping with teens and you will have a pleasant shopping journey.