Your teenager is now old enough to have a driver’s license and will be graduating school to leave for college. They need their own vehicle for commuting, but what should you buy? For parents of teenagers, we at the Casey Auto Group recommend buying a used or CPO vehicle for your student driver. Here’s why.
Here’s the most obvious reason that student drivers should buy a pre-owned car instead of a brand-new one: to save money. Teenagers already have lots of expenses, so you shouldn’t spend more on a starter can than you have to — especially since they’ll be paying costly insurance premiums as a high-risk driver.
Used cars have lost some of their value due to depreciation, making them more affordable for students on a budget.
A good investment
You want to save money on a used car, not empty your wallet. That’s why you need to be careful not to buy a beater that’s a good deal upfront but will cost you tons in upkeep and repairs. A lemon will only cost you more in the long run.
How can you know you’re getting a great deal on a pre-owned vehicle? Buy a certified pre-owned one. It’s been carefully inspected and verified to be in great condition while still reflecting a significant depreciation in cost.
Only the essentials
A teenager or college student only requires a car for transportation. They don’t need a bunch of bells and whistles — but that’s what most brand-new cars come with now. When you buy a model that’s 3-5 years old, its tech isn’t cutting edge anymore, so you’re not paying extra for the hottest features on the market. You’re more likely to find a bare-bones base model with only the essentials.
Peace of mind
A certified pre-owned vehicle provides peace of mind because it’s been through a rigorous multipoint inspection for its condition. And, it comes with manufacturer-backed warranties in case something unexpected goes wrong.
The Casey Auto Group has many pre-owned vehicles for sale from a variety of auto manufacturers. Visit any of our stores to find a great deal on a car from a brand you trust.