Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Things to Consider When Buying Your Teenager's First Car

Christmas is just around the corner, and you may be thinking about buying your teenager that most coveted of teenage possessions—their first car.  There are many factors to consider when shopping for a teen’s vehicle, and at Melloy Dodge, we can help! Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Keep your teenager safe.  Keep in mind that teenagers are still new to driving.  They are still getting used to driving without guidance, and need a car that will keep them safe.  Search for vehicles with the safest crash test ratings.  Although your teen may be the safest driver at their school, the reality is that accidents happen every day, and you want your teen to be as well protected as possible.

Don’t break the bank on your teen’s first car.  When it comes to new drivers, safety should be a higher priority than having the most expensive car in the school parking lot.  According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, 83% of parents who bought a vehicle for their teenager bought it used.  At Melloy Dodge, we have a wide variety of certified pre-owned vehicles at affordable prices to keep your teenager safe.  A certified pre-owned vehicle has passed a 125-point inspection to make sure it meets our high standards.  Come see our inventory to find the safest car for your teenager.

Consider insurance rates and fuel expenses.  If you will be supplying the insurance and gas for your teenager’s car, you may not want to get a high-horsepower model.  Look for a vehicle that is durable, reliable, and has good gas mileage.

Independence and responsibility are important characteristics for teens to acquire, and a vehicle of their own can be an effective teaching tool. If you’re thinking about surprising your teen this Christmas, come take a look at our inventory at Melloy Dodge, and find the right match for your teen. And if you’re not quite ready to take that big step, we’ll be here when you are.

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