When you have a teen of driving age, it is only natural that they’re going to want a driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

So, what options are on the table for you when it comes to making them happy?

Keep in mind that it is up to your son or daughter to study for their driver’s exam and get their license. Once they have it, they still need to show you that they will be responsible each time they get behind the wheel. If they state they will be, the talk of buying a vehicle can then proceed.

Be Careful in What You End up Buying

As you look to see what vehicle you might buy for your teen, don’t rush out and get them one without doing research.

Unless you have a fair amount of extra money sitting around, you’re more than likely going to buy them a used car or truck. As such, it is important to get as many facts as possible about the vehicle.

One way to go about doing this is when you run a free VIN search.

That search can help you to dig deeper in seeing if the vehicle is all the current owner says it is.

As an example, wouldn’t you want to know if that car or truck had been in one or more serious accidents over time? Assuming the answer is yes, you can better find out such info when you run that free VIN search. In having the vehicle identification number, you are a step closer to getting details.

You also want to make sure the vehicle is in good running shape.

So, what do you do if the current owner hesitates in letting you take the vehicle to your mechanic?

Although your first inclination may be to drop the potential deal right there, talk to them about it. Ask them if they would feel confident in buying a used car or truck without a mechanic of their choice seeing it.

Last, if you decide to skip the private seller market and buy from a dealership, find out about their history.

Do they have a good record of selling used cars and trucks? Have there been many complaints from consumers from this particular dealership? Is the dealership doing well enough that it will be around for the foreseeable future?

Know as much as you can about the dealer before you decide to sign any papers and put down your money.

Your Teen Needs to Take Care of Vehicle

Once you’ve bought a used vehicle, it is important he or she knows they have responsibilities to care for it.

While you may well not expect them to pay for major repair bills, they should do the following:

  • Put gas in the vehicle at times if not all the time.
  • Fill the tires, check the oil, and let you know of any serious concerns.
  • Take care of the interior and also wash the vehicle on occasion.
  • Not be a reckless driver and do damage to the vehicle.

In thinking about buying a used vehicle, make sure you do your research.

Your teen’s safety and your wallet or purse depends on it.