If your teenager has recently turned 16, he or she may have been dropping hints about buying a car. Of course, you have no obligation to purchase a car for your son or daughter, but it is a nice gesture of trust between you and your teen. In the event that you make the decision to purchase a car, here are a few factors to consider:
In most cases, parents purchase a used car for their teen. However, make sure that you don’t purchase a car that is too old. The reason behind this is that many older vehicles do not have important safety features (air bags, anti-lock brakes, etc.). Before purchasing a car, take the time to check if it has all the basic safety features.
Bigger isn’t Always Better
The logic behind a bigger car is that it offers better protection in the event of a road accident. Unfortunately, studies show that SUVs have a higher center of gravity, leaving it prone to flipping over. If you are looking for a larger vehicle, stick with a midsized sedan like the Subaru Legacy.
Take it for a Spin
Don’t forget that different cars all handle differently. Resist the temptation of surprising your teenager with a car waiting for him and her in the garage. Bring your teen with you so he or she can test drive the car.