Your teenager has their license, and the required hours to drive on the open road without you in the passenger’s seat. This is both a moment to be proud of, and for many, it is a cause for concern and stress. You also have to deal with the next question--what vehicle are they going to drive? For most families, you don’t exactly have an extra vehicle hanging around, which means it’s time to get car shopping. While some believe that buying a brand new vehicle for your teenager is the way to go, oftentimes buying a used vehicle is better when it comes to fitting into your budget. But how do you know you’re looking at the right used vehicle? Down below we’ll be hitting some of the major points that you will want to consider when shopping for a used vehicle. We want to be as helpful as possible, and give you the support you need!
One of the biggest factors when looking for the perfect vehicle for your teen is the safety features that are available. This means, as you’re browsing through the selection of vehicles, you need to be on the lookout for vehicles that have an abundance of safety features. Whether this means blind-stop warning, automatic emergency braking, or just added airbags, these are all necessary when wanting to keep your teen safe. Another major safety system to look out for is forward collision warning. While it is important that your teenager is able to function without all of this technology, in this modern age, you should be taking advantage of the technology that has been created.
We’re positive that we don’t have to remind any parents out there, but if you’re looking for a vehicle for your teen, stay away from sports cars and muscle cars. The temptation of speed at that age isn’t necessary, especially when they should still be focused on the basics and following the laws of the road. This, however, doesn’t mean you should overcompensate. Don’t buy a vehicle that is too slow, as that can also be dangerous for a multitude of reasons. The sweet spot is something that isn’t too fast, but still isn’t too slow. This allows for a safer driving experience, one that they can continue to learn from, and in the future, when they’re the one buying the vehicle--maybe then they can shell out some extra dollars for a sports car.
In this modern area, staying connected is almost as important as every other aspect of a vehicle. Staying connected and safe is even more vital. That is why there are features like Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. These features will allow your teen to hook up their phone and keep their eyes focused on the road instead of on their screen. While your teen should be encouraged to deal with calls or texts after they stop driving, these connectivity features help in every aspect.
If you’re looking for a used vehicle for your teen, stop into our dealership today! We have an amazing selection, including ones with the safety and connectivity features that you’ve been looking for. Bring your teen in with you, and let us do everything we can to make the process as easy as possible!