Buying a Used Car for Your Child

If your teenager has recently obtained his or her drivers’ license, then you are likely a very proud parent. After all, passing a written driving exam and physical road test is a huge accomplishment for any young adult; however, now that your child is a licensed driver, there is a good chance that you have begun looking into the possibility of buying them a vehicle. A car will give your child the freedom to travel, while also saving you the hassle of having to let your teen borrow the car or having to drop them off everywhere.

When buying your child’s first car, it is usually best to stick with a used vehicle. Most new drivers experience fender benders, collisions, and minor dings and dents within their first few years behind the wheel. You may be wondering how to save money on a used car for your child without having to compromise on safety. Luckily, there are some specific models that you can keep in mind as viable options for your child’s first car.

One of the best first cars for any young driver is a sedan such as the popular Ford Focus. This particular model has consistently received five-star safety ratings in all categories, so you can feel confident that your child will be driving a vehicle that will protect them well in the event of a crash. In addition, the Focus can be a fun first car to own, possessing great maneuverability.

Another great option for a used car for your teenager is a Toyota Camry. As you may have heard, Toyotas are well known for their reliability and commonly last well over 100,000 miles, depending on how well they are maintained. On top of reliability and great gas mileage, the Toyota Camry offers some of the best safety ratings in the industry. This is especially true of Camry models that have been built in the past five years. Another Toyota model known for its safety–and similar to the Camry–is the Corolla.

Finding used cars in NJ to suit your teen is a piece of cake when safety is the goal. These are just a couple of examples of the best safety options when it comes to buying a used car for your child. To find out more, review safety ratings for some of the specific vehicles that you may have in mind or visit your local dealer for more information and assistance in choosing the right car for your new driver!  

Jillian Johnson is a professional marketing content writer who blogs on a variety of topics. Follow her @MissWritey.

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