When your teenager gets that driver’s license, it is an exciting time for them and a worrisome time for you. Every household has different philosophy on their teen’s first car. Some parents furnish the first one and the teen is expected to pay the insurance, registration, and upkeep. Some parents have the rule that the teen must buy their own car.
But regardless of the philosophy behind it, the number one thing is that you want it to be an affordable and safe car. No parent wants to send their child out on the roads today in a vehicle that isn’t safe or reliable. Even in cities like Topeka or any of the surrounding suburbs like Olathe or Ottawa. But it also has to be a car that you can get the cheapest auto insurance possible too.
So what are the things you should look for when shopping for your teens first car? Even if your family rule is that your teen buy their own first car, you want to guide them on this process and together do the research needed that will get the an affordable, reliable, and safe car. And that includes what will be the most affordable in regards to cheap car insurance and upkeep along the way.
Some important pointers to keep in mind are:
- A midsize car will be large enough to protect your teen driver and any passengers they may have in the event of a crash, but is small enough for easy handling.
- While a 4-cylinder engine will have less acceleration compared to that of a V6, it will also be harder for your teen to go above the speed limit.
- The older the car, the less safety features it will have, including those that are required by Federal law. Keep your teen safe with a car that has all the air bags (front and side), is automatic transmission, and has antilock brakes at the very least.These are safety features that will get you the cheap auto insurance rates too. The more safety features, the better your rates will be. And even if your philosophy is for your teen to pay their own insurance, why make it difficult for them?