This is a first car buyer's guide for teens and adults. The adults
who will find this guide helpful are the ones who have never driven
in the U. S. before due to immigration, living in a big place
like New York City, or living in a small town and taking alternative
That said, you'll find that most of this first car website is
about teens and their parents who want to make an intelligent
decision about what to buy. This first car site covers areas like
getting a loan, attaining insurance, recommended vehicles.
Other areas that are covered include vehicle safety, when to
buy used and when to buy new, the conflicting desires of parents
and teens and realities that money plays in the whole first car
A first car symbolizes independence and empowerment. With a first
car a teen is all of a sudden able to go where they want, when
they want (of course with boundaries from their parents) and not
burden other people or inconvenience themselves.
With a first car a teen doesn't have to rely on mom, dad, brother
or sister or friends driving them around or even public transportation.
Teens are free to drive their first car to school, to work, to
parties, on dates and take road trips if desired.
The freedom of the open road is a very profound experience. Also
alluring is the empowerment of driving a ton of glass and steel
at high speeds and joining the adult world of maturity and accepting
So, with that said, it is important to choose the right
car that fits one's budget, lifestyle, insurance needs,
credit history, safety needs, social status and preferences.
Having a first car is also a chance for a teen to not
only practice driving safely and without distraction but
to establish a track record of responsibility.
Having a safe driving record and credit history (if the
teen makes loan payments or make regular monthly payments
on a gas card) will help them open many doors down the
road. Having a first car can mean a first job which is
another step towards maturity, independence and self-reliance.
But, teens and parents both need to realize that driving
a first car is a privilege and not a right. Parents and
teens should work together to set up guidelines for when
the driving privilege will be given and when it will be
Including in the rest of these first car pages are such guidelines
that will make driving a fun, safe and rewarding experience.