My son turned 16 last year and received his license last month. Passed the test on the first try! Yaayyy! Now I can have him go grocery shopping for me when I don’t wanna! I’m sure that will wear off soon, but he’s happy enough to do it now lol! Soon his dad and I are going to have to look into getting him a car. I’m currently laid off, so it will fall to his dad until I am pulling in an income of any kind and can contribute my half. (Co-parenting at its finest!) While we are working that out, our son is looking online at cars and I will occasionally receive a text message with him showing cars that he likes from cars.com.
We gave him our limit, but with me being out of work, he looked for an even lower price range. And just from these three images, you can see, cars.com offers a great selection!
What I love about Cars.com is that it compiles a list of all the cars within the location radius that you set. Whether for sale by owner or at car dealerships. If you want to deal with a sale by owner only, you can set that as a perimeter as well.
How do you like that Spider??? Only kind of spider you’ll hear me say I love! lol.
Now, if you noticed one thing with all the images my son sent me? Was the mileage. That is one of the requirements his dad and I have. The mileage has to be under 95k. Under 90k would be better. We know this car will be the one that gets him through the last couple of years of high school and through college. So, we set high expectations, and cars.com did not disappoint :). There is a great selection of clean cars.
You also get a free carfax report telling you how many owners the car had, the states the car was in and the title history. You don’t have to go to the location to look and then get the report. So you’re not wasting your time.
What requirements did you have for your teen’s first car? Was your experience worth it? Looking at cars.com, would you say it would have been better with access to the tools they offer? Comment below or share on my Facebook page!
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Thanks for sharing your process. We just bought our 16 yo daughter a car, but we didn’t give her as much latitude in the decision, but I’m now seeing the wisdom in having her make some grown-up decisions with a lot of parent support (to help her do “adulting” alone in the future). Interesting post.
I think this is a great family effort for a common goal! My 2 cents, many lease cars will be available this fall and that may be a good option from dealerships. Also watch out for flood damage/water damage cars showing up not being disclosed on Carfax.
Wow. That’s great. Congratulations, you kid is a big boy and he can share your responsibilities.
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