What teens should look for in a new car

dad giving son a car tutorialWhen a teen gets their first car it can be one of the most exciting parts of being a teen.  All teen guys want a sweet ride to drive around in with their friends or the hot blond from chemistry class.  However, buying a car is a big decisions, and believe it or not, appearances shouldn’t always be the deal breaker.  Here are a few tips teens should consider when purchasing their first car.

Gas Mileage

The three most popular types of cars that teenage guys seem to want are big trucks, SUVs, or supped up racing cars.  The problem, is all of these cars are not very efficient as far as gas mileage goes.  Since most teens would rather spend their money on girls, movies, and food, forking out money for gas should be a turn off.  Instead, teen guys should be looking for a car that gets a higher amount of miles to the gallon so they can save money for the fun stuff.  Besides, cars that get more miles to the gallon are friendlier to the environment also.

Price

Most teen guys dream about cars they can’t afford.  Everyone wants to roll around in a BMW or Porche.  However, even if a teen is able to cover the monthly payment on one of these types of cars, they might not be the best car for a teen.  These cars usually require expensive maintenance and cost more to insure.

It is also unwise to take out large car loans.  Large loans put extra strain and risk on teens.  Even if a teen has a good job while they are going to school, the amount they will need to work will require more time at work and less time with friends.  Also, if the teen no longer likes their job, they will be trapped until they can find something they like better.  If a teen is unable to pay the huge car payment they run the risk of defaulting on their loan.  This will slaughter their credit and make it more difficult to take out loans for other cars, a house, get a cell phone, or get loans for college.

Accessories

Everybody wants a car that is fully loaded.  But paying the high sticker price may not be worth it for teens.  It may be better to buy the basic version of a simple car, and spend the left over cash on custom accessory upgrades.  No matter what kind of factory stereo system the dealer has in the car, teens want something better.  Teens should just get the basic radio in their new car and then upgrade it to the stereo that fits their wants.  The same goes for interior color.  Seat covers are much cheaper than paying to have the interior changed.  Engine upgrades are also better to do after purchasing the car.  Sometimes buying the basic engine will allow a grease monkey more freedom to customize it.

Safety

Another important thing to consider when purchasing a car is its safety rating.  Purchasing a safe car is more important than purchasing a fun car.  Besides, the benefits are more than just safety.  Buying a safe car will reduce insurance costs which will save money for more important things like girls and concerts.

Teens have a lot more to consider when buying their first car than the exterior and the stereo system.  They must consider the practical aspects of the car as well.  Teens should consider the gas mileage, price and loan size, accessories, and safety when purchasing their first car.

Hot rods, SUV’s, or jalopies? What is the new thing when it comes to your wheels?

teen girl with the carkeysProbably one of the best days in any teen’s life is the first car trip alone.  As soon as that first turn is over, it’s peddle to the metal racing away from the parents!  Yippee!  There’s nothing better than a car; it’s just got freedom written all over it.  So when it comes to the wheels what’s the latest style?  Hot rod? SUV? Or the sweet old school jalopy?

How about three hip hip hoorays for the old school jalopy.  Here’s all the reasons why.

  1. Hot rods are for weenies- What’s the first thing that anyone says when they see some 16 year old riding around in a pimped out Mustang (well, after the first bit of envy)?  “Yeah right, too bad your daddy had to buy that for you.”
  2. SUV’s guzzle gas- It’s no secret that SUV’s suck gas like the desert would suck rain.  Come on, with gas prices at 3 bucks a gallon, who wants to keep those suckers filled up?
  3. Jalopies are fender bender protected- Check this out.  Here and there cars have a tendency to, well, bump into other cars.  It happens.  But with a sweet old jalopy, it’s probable that the parents won’t even need to find out.  There are so many dang dents in the car already anyway..
  4. Hot rods are cop magnets- No kidding.  Hot rods are made for speed and they are painted to catch the eye.  That is a combination that has T-I-C-K-E-T spelled all over it.  Let the hot rod weenies go to traffic school, there’s better things to be doing on a Saturday morning.
  5. SUV’s are hard to park- If there’s even a spot BIG enough for the stupid SUV, it’s still impossible to park straight.
  6. Jalopies equal character- Come on, getting in on the passenger side because the driver’s side door doesn’t even open is way cool.  And pulling that window up by hand is fun.  It’s a great conversation starter; everyone loves to talk about their car’s quirks.  Just treat it nice and enjoy the quirks, anyone can get a brand new car but what fun is that?
  7. Hot rods have not so hot insurance rates- It’s true.  Hot rods cost a boat load to keep insured.  They are worth more so the insurance costs more.  There’s got to be better use for all that extra cash.  Why not save the bucks for a hot spring break vacation in Mexico or something?
  8. SUVs like to rock and roll- We’re not talking about SUVs busting out the big bass; we’re talking about lethal car roll-overs here.  SUVs are proven to be more dangerous in emergency situations.  Livin’ large in the teen years means getting into some pretty tight squeezes, so leave the lethal roll-over possibility out of the equation.
  9. Jalopies leave room for personality- Jalopies look great with spray paint, bumper stickers, lip stick drawings, toilet paper, saran wrap, fake bullet holes, and so much more.  Will daddy let the hot rod weenie or the SUV baby do that to her car?
  10. Hot rods attract mooches- Nothing says “come mooch off me” like a hot rod.  From the popularity leeches to the personality losers, hot rods just attract friends who want something.
  11. SUVs are compensating for something- People whose big egos only fit into their monstrously huge SUVs are totally compensating for something…
  12. Jalopies are for the hip- Driving around in a jalopy sends out the message, hey I’m cool and I don’t have to drive a hot rod or SUV to prove it.

Yup, so the moral of the story is that when it comes to your wheels, send out the right vibe about you by workin’ it with the sweet jalopy.