Okay, you’re thinking of buying a car for your driving- age teenager, and with the price of new cars climbing you’ve decided on getting one that’s pre-owned.
These tips will help steer you towards a used car that fits the bill without breaking your budget.
• The first step is to determine how the car will be used by the teen. If it’s for commuting or trips to college and back, then fuel mileage and comfort may be your biggest considerations. With fuel prices high, fuel economy is an important consideration.
• Make a list of some vehicle safety features you’re looking for. For example, are you interested in anti-lock brake systems and integrated seat belt systems? Naturally it should have airbags fitted.
• Before you start shopping, set a budget for how much you want to spend. Research a few models that meet your criteria and price range. The Web site aa.co.nz offers pricing information and comprehensive advice on buying a used car.
• Obviously, finding a safe and reliable vehicle for your teen is top priority. Your teen is most likely to want a “cool” car, meaning soemthing that has been modified and is a popular model. If you are paying for the car then insist on a sensible, reliable option that is fuel-efficient.
• Now you’re ready to start visiting dealers. For any vehicle you consider, ask detailed questions about the vehicle’s performance and history, and request maintenance and inspection records. Also, have an automtive expert check the car for you once you have made your selection.
• Always test-drive prospective cars on city streets and motorways. This will give you a chance to thoroughly examine the car. Have your teenager drive it if you can. Make sure everything on the car works properly-brakes, gauges, lights, windows and locks. Definitely have a mechanic you trust check it out.
• In addition to that, you should take a look to make sure the body parts line up, the paint matches, doors open and close easily and the tires show even wear.
To make sure you’re not buying a lemon, take the car for an inspection to Simon at CVS in Ihakara Street. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can technically and professionally check up on your car’s safety. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE