Tips on Purchasing a
by Kristeen Moore
purchase of your first car is one of the most
exciting parts of being a teenager. Sure, we
all want to have the coolest car on the block
with all of the latest technological innovations.
However, as a teen driver, having some of these
costly accessories might not be very economical,
since insurance rates could be higher.
When purchasing a used vehicle, it is first
important to note the mileage. If it is very
high for the car's age, then that particular
car might not last you as long as another might.
Also, it is important to check out the condition
of parts, including the wheels, cv-boots, axles,
and transmission. In addition, inquire as to
whether the oil has been changed properly and
timely. If so, then the engine will most likely
be in good condition, and, possibly, you can
get decent gas mileage. If any of these parts
are in bad condition, then you could end up
spending more than what the car is worth on
If the vehicle is purchased from a dealership,
negotiate! Most sales people are looking for
commission, and aren't necessarily concerned
as to whether you get a wonderful deal, or not.
Also, inquire about warranties, free tune-ups,
etc. and remember to ask what kind of warranties
and supplemental insurance coverage you can
get directly from the Credit Union because they
may be a better deal. Keep in mind that the
cheapest car might not necessarily be the best.
You want to get your money's worth and have
the car last at least through college. That
way, you can concentrate on your studies, or
just have fun, with one less thing to worry