Believe it or not 16 years flies by really fast. Before you know it your baby is ready for driver’s ed and on the way to driving a car. If you are a one car family or even a two car family, chances are they will need their own vehicle.
However, before you run out and buy your teen the car of their dreams you need to ask yourself some questions. Buying a car is a big deal and sometimes when you jump in feet first it can be a disaster!
Are they mature enough? Driving is hard. You have to pay attention to everything. Your surroundings, road laws, and of course, other drivers. Is your teen mature enough to deal with all that? Not only that but having a car is a big responsibility. If your teen can’t even keep their room clean or turn in their homework, they may not be ready for a car.
Are they going to college? This may seem like an odd question but a lot of parents don’t know that universities and colleges do not allow freshman’s to bring their own vehicle. That means if they are going to school you will need to store the car until they are allowed to bring it.
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Insurance is a necessity when you buy a new or used car. Every state require every driver to have a valid driver license, tags, and insurance. For a lot of people insurance is an added bill that strains your budget. Below is 5 ways to save money on your insurance and possibly let your wallet breathe a little easier.
Get All your Insurance From One Insurance Company- If you have more than one car get your insurance from the same insurance. Some insurance companies to offer you a discount if you bundle your insurance. But more importantly it is easier to have your cars under the same insurance.
Safer and Low Profile Cars Cost Less to Insure- We all have dreams of owning a luxury SUV or sports car but if your budget is screaming a cheaper, low profile car may be best for you. You won’t get as many ooh’s and ahh’s but your pocket book will thank you.
Better Credit Score May Mean Lower Insurance Premiums- This isn’t always true but if you go with one of the widely known insurance companies your credit score could play a big role on how much your insurance will cost. A good rule of thumb is to check your credit score before shopping for insurance. When you decide on your company then make sure to tell them you have a good credit rating.
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It’s happened to all of us and usually when we are the busiest. We get in the car to go run errands, turn the switch, and nothing. The car is dead. Nothing is bringing it back to life but a jump and if it is totally dead not even that will help. Talk about frustrating, I have beat the steering wheel a couple of times.
Is there anyway to tell your batter may be going bad? Actually there are some signs that may reveal your battery has had it.
Bloating battery case- If your battery case looks like it ate too many chicken wings the night before it is probably time to change it. This is usually caused by excessive heat.
Low battery fluid- If the fluid is below the plates inside it is time to have the battery and charging system tested.
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Did you know that a used car doesn’t mean a five year old car? Sometimes you can get the “same year” model for thousands cheaper because they are cars that were traded in and can’t be sold as new cars. Even if it is five years old that doesn’t mean it is ready for the junk heap. A lot of older vehicles still have plenty of juice left in them. Not only can you save thousands of dollars, you can get a nice car that will get you around!
However it can sometimes be confusing buying a used car. How do you find that amazing car that will save you thousands? Below are some tips that will help find the used car of your dreams!
Try to keep the car as close to the model year as possible. What does that mean exactly? If it is 2016 then you want to find a car that is a 2011 or newer. Not only will it have fewer miles but it will have fewer issues.
Test Drive it!- Please do not leave the lot with a car that you haven’t test drove. I know it seems like that would be a given but you would be amazed at how many people do that
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