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A Guide for Buying Your Teen's First Car

Last updated 3 years ago

Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday that your teen was riding around the backyard in his or her plastic toy car? Time sure does fly, and your teen is probably ready to trade that plastic set of wheels for a new or used car. Buying your teen his or her first car is a momentous occasion in a parent’s life, but it can also be one of the most nerve-wracking. To help, here are a few things you should know about buying your teen’s first car. 

Set a Budget
Before you start shopping for a new or used car for your teen, sit down with your son or daughter and put together a reasonable budget. Once you agree on a maximum price, stick to it. The more wiggle room you give your teen, the more they will beg for a car that is out of your price range.

Keep it Modest
No teenager starts out as the best driver in the world—not even close. Considering your teen’s limitations behind the wheel, look for something modest like a four-door compact or sedan instead of a convertible or sports car. You want something reliable, but more importantly you want a vehicle that is safe and that your teen can handle.

Make Sure it Fits
You should test drive each potential car before handing over the reins to your teen. This will allow you to determine whether it has adequate acceleration, braking power, and steering. When your teen is test-driving the vehicle, ask him or her how comfortable it feels. If the car fits, the only thing left to do is agree on the price.

Bring your teen to Jerry’s Chevrolet, where you’ll find one of the best selections of new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles in Baltimore. You can browse our inventory online. Once you find a vehicle you and your teen would like to test drive, contact us online or call us at (443) 588-2670 to set up an appointment. 


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