Buying a Used Car for a Teenager

When it comes to buying your teenager their first car, the process can become overwhelming. Should I buy new or used? Will a used car be reliable enoughHow much should I spend on a first car? Will my teen be safe in the car? These and many other questions and concerns will cross your mind when making this decision. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. Count on Terry Auto Outlet VA, the dealer with some of the highest quality Lynchburg used cars, and you’re sure to find the right car at the right price for your teenager. Read on for some advice on things you should be looking for when buying a used car for your teen. 


Why a used car? 

A new car may have some state of the art safety features, but that’s about the only good reason to buy a new car for a teen. Even still, many used cars—even ones that are a couple of years old—will have excellent safety features that will give you peace of mind that your kid is safe on the road. Automobile safety features continue to improve over the past few years, and recent year-model used vehicles offer top-notch safety standards. 


When you drive a new car off the lot, you’ll lose a good deal of its value immediately. In fact, the average depreciation of a new car in its first year is twenty percent. A new car will also be far more expensive to begin with. Why spend more money or get an expensive car loan on a car that your young driver may either treat poorly or want to get rid of in a year or two? Buying a used car for a teenager can give you everything you need from their first car. It will be much more affordable, have all of the safety features that you need, and depreciate far slower. If you choose the right dealer, you’ll also be able to find a cool car that your teenager will love. The inventory at Terry Auto Outlet VA is constantly changing, so your teen is sure to find their dream car. 


What to consider 

There are a lot of things to consider when buying a used car for a teenager. One consideration is the body style: small coupe, sedan, SUV? The choices are numerous. This is a tricky decision and one that will come down to personal preference. Smaller cars are usually less expensive (both to buy and insure), are more economical on gas and are easier to maneuver, particularly for an inexperienced driverHowever, they also have a tendency to fare much worse in the event of an accidentLarger cars or SUV’s on the other hand, while more expensive, are typically safer.  


Another decision is whether to get the car fully loaded or to skip the extra features. In most cases, teenagers simply don’t need many of the bonus features that most cars have availableperhaps with the exception of extra safety features. Finally, consider what the car and driver will cost to insure. Insuring a teenage driver is a big expense, so be sure to get an insurance quote before you decide to buy, and factor the additional expense into your monthly budget 

Find the best selection of Lynchburg used cars at Terry Auto Outlet VA 

If you’re looking for a wide variety of Lynchburg used cars to choose from for your teenager, there’s no place better to go than Terry Auto Outlet VAThe dealership maintains around 100 used cars on the lot, many of which could be ideal for a teenage driver. So what are you waiting for? Bring the whole family down to Terry Auto Outlet at 2828 Candler Mountain Rd, Lynchburg, VA, 24502, or call 434-386-8439 to speak with a sales advisor.  

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