As with any large purchase, buying a car isn’t something you should do on impulse. Even if you are purchasing the car as a present, it’s important to sit down with your teen to go over the expenses that owning a car entails. Registration, insurance, and regular maintenance are not things that are covered in your child’s driver’s education class. The drivers ed teacher may help your child become a safe driver, but it’s up to you to make sure your teen is prepared for car ownership.
Nobody knows better than you do how much your teenager wants a car. Your teenager has probably been yearning for her own wheels since she first clutched a learner’s permit in her hot little hands. And now that your teenage child has his or her own driver’s license, maybe you want to give them a special senior year birthday gift. Maybe you’ve promised it for good grades, or maybe you just want to keep him from ruining your own car. For whatever reason, you’ve decided to buy a car for your senior.