Tips On Buying Your Child Their First Car

Tips On Buying Your Child Their First Car

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It’s an exciting moment when you’re child passes their driving test. There can be a lot of mixed emotions. On the one hand, you’re worried about them being on the road, but on the other, you no longer need to act as their taxi service as they gain their independence. 

Many parents decide to buy their child’s first car as a gift to them to mark the occasion, but how do you choose the best car for them?

New Vs Used

There are pros and cons to buying a new or used car. With a new car, you have less to worry about in terms of potential problems and repairs. They will also have the latest safety features and a manufacturer’s warranty. 

But a new car isn’t within the budget of everyone and there are plenty of used cars on the market that is reliable and in great condition. Buy from a reputable car dealer and have a mechanic take a good look at the car before you buy it. Have it look its best by visiting a car detailing company that can have it looking as good as new. 

Safety features

All road-legal vehicles have to comply with current safety regulations, but there can be a lot of differences between the safety ratings of cars available. Look for things such as drivers’ airbags, automatic braking and lane control. It can give you some peace of mind that if your child is involved in an accident, they are in a car that performs well in these conditions. 


Unreliable cars can be costly to keep on the road. Some makes of car have a more reliable reputation than others. Do your research before you buy anything so that you can reduce the ongoing costs. 

Running costs

There’s no denying it, running a car can be expensive. Insurance, fuel, tax, insurance and maintenance can all add up, so choose a car that is cheap to run. The things to look out for are fuel efficiency and insurance costs. Electric vehicles are becoming popular with those looking to reduce running costs and reduce their impact on the environment. 

Take their preferences into account

If you asked your child about their ideal car, they’d probably tell you something completely outrageous that you wouldn’t buy them, even if you could afford it. 

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take their wishes into account. For example, if there’s a particular style of car they like or colour, then keep this in mind when choosing a car. At the very least, you want to avoid choosing something they’re going to be embarrassed about driving. 

Final thoughts 

It can feel a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing your child’s first car. After all, you want them to have their independence while also being in a car that is safe and reliable. 

If you’re not sure about cars and don’t feel confident choosing yourself then take someone with you who does know what they’re doing so you can be sure that you are getting the best for your money.

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