Car Buying Tips

Choosing the right 1st car for your teenager.


Safety is always the first thing on any parents mind.  Airbags, car size, weight , and power locks are the classic things to look for. Other than those though are more modern features such as rear view cameras, back up sensors, parking assistance, and even automatic lane change. There are many aspects of safety to consider. You should focus on the most important and necessary features, and then compare them to the price range you are looking to stay in. Search for dependable & safe vehicles!

Price Range

Price range is a big deciding factor in any vehicle purchase. Car budgets are different for everyone. There is no right or wrong answer and it’s up to you to decide for yourself. Once you have decided, it’s time to narrow you search to vehicles within your price range. Many websites have built in tools to help you narrow your search. Search for quality used vehicles!


Visibility falls under vehicle safety, but is also a major contributor to the learning experience. If you teen driver is just starting to drive, they may feel more comfortable seeing more of their surroundings. Many cars have better sight lines, larger windows, and all around better visibility. Be sure to test drive the car with you young driver before making a final decision.  


Larger vehicles are making a come back these days. They offer additional storage, space for friends, and more protection during accidents. But bigger isn’t always better. Larger cars and vehicles can be more difficult to handle. They can be harder to turn, park, and drive all around. Consider the lifestyle of your teenage driver. Do they play a lot of sports? Are they going off to college? Do they drive long distance? Take everything into account when car shopping. Finding the right car is worth the extra time.


Life in general is very distracting. Most car accidents in America are caused by distracted drivers. Finding a car with Bluetooth capabilities and hands-free features is a great idea. You don’t want your teenager using their hands to text or call anyone while driving. Music, lighting, and other vehicle features can also cause distractions. Some cars have programmable stereos that control sound, limit functional while driving, and even prohibit changing settings while the car is in motion. As a parent you can decide what your child needs, and from there you can make an educated decision.

Cost Efficiency

Cost efficiency can be broken into gas mileage and vehicle dependability. Hybrid vehicles offer better gas mileage than most traditional cars. Fully electric vehicles are also an option these days, but are still rather rare on the road. Buying a dependable car means finding one that will last a long time. It needs to be able to drive short and long distance. Having a car in and out of the mechanic shop on a regular basis can be quite expensive, so make sure to do your research. Shop at reputable dealers. Read reviews, listen to advice, and take your time. Buying a vehicle is an important decision.


Style probably isn’t the first thing on your mind, but it may be for your teenager. A first car is very exciting and memorable. They probably want something “cool and stylish”. Style changes from year to year, so ask your teenager what they are looking for. Including them in the car buying experience can be a terrific learning and bonding experience for you both.


Car insurance usually takes a spike when adding teenagers to the bill. Speak to your insurance agent about any vehicle you are looking to purchase. You can also ask about getting discounts from your insurance provider. Many companies offer discounts for teens who have good driving records or take special courses.


Ease of Driving

Finding a car that is easy to drive is very important. The best way to figure out what’s easy to drive is to start test driving. Be sure to test drive a variety of vehicles with your young driver. Consider buying something similar to the vehicle they learned to drive, or do some research into popular cars for young drivers. Easy cars are safe cars.

Models to Consider

These are just a few ideas to get you started. We hope that our article helps you make the right decision. Read more awesome articles on our blog. Visit Brevard Value Motors to experience best-in-class customer service. We have a great selection of safe and reliable vehicles to choose from.

This article was written by Darin Zauner II.

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