Shopping for a teen’s first car is a momentous occasion for any parent, but it can also be full of stress and anxiety. Which model is right for your son or daughter? How much should you spend? Which safety features are most important? Should you buy new or used? There are a lot of considerations to make when shopping for your teen’s first car, but it is possible to find a car that you and your child will love. Here are some tips for shopping for your teen driver’s first car, courtesy of your friends at Jerry’s Toyota of Baltimore.
Look Up Safety Ratings
Safety should be the top priority when it comes to your teen driver’s first car. Fortunately, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) both publish safety ratings for new and pre-owned vehicles. These ratings take various crash test results into consideration, so you will know how safe a vehicle is for your son or daughter.
Test Drive the Vehicle with Your Teen
Before you let your teen sit behind the wheel, test drive the vehicle yourself. This will give you an idea of how the car performs so you can determine whether or not it is appropriate for your vehicle. Try to stay away from sporty coupes or high-performance vehicles that accelerate quickly to limit your teens desire to show off or “joy ride” with friends.
Weigh the Pros and Cons of New vs. Pre-Owned
If you want to get your teen a reliable vehicle without taking out a huge car loan, look for a pre-owned model. Late-model used cars will still feature some of the latest advancements in automotive safety, but at a much lower price. You may even want to consider a Certified Pre-Owned Toyota.
For the best selection of new, used, and Certified Pre-Owned Toyota vehicles in Baltimore, visit Jerry’s Toyota. Our courteous staff would love to help you find the perfect vehicle for your teen driver. Visit our website to browse our current inventory, or call us at (888) 714-6153 to set up a test drive today.