When buying an affordable car for your teenager there are a few things to keep in mind.
Know Your Budget
Once you have worked out how much you can afford to spend on the car, stick to it. Your teenager may have ideas on what they want that are way out of your budget. Be firm with them and explain that it won’t be any more than the amount you have designated. Or they can save up and chip in for the rest of the amount if it is over your budget. If you have an existing car loan, you can look into car refinance to add to the budget.
Do Your Research
If you are buying a new car do your research to find the most economical model. A car may have an affordable price, but the upkeep may be too much for you and your teen to maintain. Look at aspects such as gas usage per mile, service checks to keep the car under warranty, and the cost of parts. Locally made cars will have cheaper parts compared to imported cars. If you are buying a used car, enlist the help of someone who knows about cars to help you make your choice.
Talk to Your Teen
Once you have figured out your budget and narrowed the car choices down to a few, talk to your teen about the responsibility involved. By doing this you will be able to gauge their level of awareness and responsibility when it comes to owning and taking care of a car.
Keeping the above in mind will make the process easier for you.