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Teenager Saves to Buy Used Car

Updated on September 26, 2018
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Teens Learning to Save

Most teenagers want to buy a used car by the time they are in high school, and unless mom and dad are going to foot the expense, it is up to the teen to save his or her money for the luxury of transportation. This is excellent training in financial responsibility for the teen.

Some parents will match the amount of money the child saves each week, which will certainly build up steadily. They should have a savings account from the beginning, and deposit the bulk of their income into the savings account to buy a car when they are ready.

Keeping the money in a savings account is preferable, as you get interest. There are some other practical things to consider when they are going through this process. Teens have such busy lives between after school sports, band practice or any number of activities, that mom is often glad when she is no longer a taxi.




This is a quick guideline for teen saving:

  • Start saving young some of their allowance, by 12 years old, and put the money in a savings account.
  • Set a goal of the total amount the family thinks is necessary to buy a dependable car.
  • The teen should get a job when old enough, and until that time they might make money by mowing grass and helping neighbors do chores.
  • Always save a minimum of half of their earnings, plus they can save spare change,which also adds up over a period of time.
  • Evaluate your expenditures, and eliminate those that you really don’t need.

Choosing Amount to Save

The first consideration is to set a regular amount they can afford to save. Once they are working, what other expenses to do they have? Do they pay for their own car insurance now? Do they pay for their cell phone, or does their income have to cover all their entertainment expense?

Parents typically pick up many of these expenses when possible; regardless the teen needs to know exactly how much money they have each payday, and they need a savings account. Ideally they will bank 50% of their income. The teen should keep a record of how they spend every penny of their money for 30 days, and that will clearly show them of areas thy may be able to trim back.

Parents Guide Teens

When they get near the time of purchase they know the total amount they have and it is time to begin searching for cars in that price range. There are some online calculators that may be helpful for parents and theteento look at how much must be saved over what number of years to reach a desired goal

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Saving Money for a Car

When children start saving early, they have a better shot at reaching their goal over a period of a few years. They shouldn't set their sights too high as you want them to be a successful and feel good about what they are doing.

If they buy a used car it is important to get the car checked out to make sure they aren’t buying someone elses lemon. It is a good idea to have the car inspected by the mechanic you typically use.

When buying through a dealership they should consider a “manufacturer certified” used car, even if it a bit more expensive. A manufacturer-certified used car offers a cost savings since the car is used but more importantly they are “certified” by their manufacturers.

Before they hit the showroom floor, they’re thoroughly examined by qualified technicians, refurbished to like-new condition, and then backed with a comprehensive manufacturer’s warranty. These warranties are available from nearly all manufacturers.

Playing it Safe

They shouldn’t buy the first shiny car they see, as they need to do some comparisons. There are numerous recourses to determine a car’s worth. Two excellent resources are Kelley Blue Book’s or the National Automobile Dealers Association. Check out the Consumer Reports “Best and Worst Cars”. You can find them on line or in hard back, which are kept in most public libraries.

Other considerations are car insurance as some cars are more expensive to insure than other. Another very important consideration is what gas mileage does this car get, because we are watching gas prices soar upwards daily. How much mileage does the car currently have? Stay away from used rental cars, as they aren’t always kept up as well as a privately owned vehicle.

It is important to know why a personal seller is selling when buying from an individual, so request all records of maintenance and repair work. Also, order a full report of the vehicle’s history by using the VIN number through the service of an information provider such as CARFAX. For $20 you can check out as many vin numbers as you want. Then, you will know if the car has been in an accident.

2015 Honda Civic

2014 Toyota Corolla

Choosing the Right Vehicle

The expenses that a teen must be aware of are gas, maintenance and car insurance. As a parent we must teach our teens that their chose of a used car should be economical to buy, regarding fuel, service and repairs. That is the first consideration in choosing a car, not looks.

Some of the better choices of used cars are the Honda Civic which has won the “Car of the Year” award from Motor Trend Magazine, and it is one of the top picks of the Consumer Reports Magazine. As the new price on these cars runs about $15,000, a used car will probably be affordable.

The Toyota Corolla is another good choice. It is fuel economical, and even more affordable to buy used than the Civic. The Toyota Corolla also has advanced safety features available. It isn’t technically a sports car, but it does have a sleek design making it popular with teens.

There are several other good choices for teens if make the effort to find out the car’s history, and check it out with a mechanic.


If you start having your child save when they are young, they not only will earn enough money for a good used car over a few years, they will also be learning a very important habit in saving money routinely. They will learn how to go about purchasing the right car with your help.

Knowing that they can find out and compare prices and quality of various cars is an important key to ending up with a quality car. They also learn the importance of finding out about the cars history through Carfax, plus looking for the manufacturing certification if they are looking at used cars. There are many benefits in buying a used car for the teen in addition to receiving the new vehicle.


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Novascotiamiss, I agree with your comments and appreciate them very much.

  • novascotiamiss profile image


    10 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

    Great hub Pamela, I totally agree with you. Unfortunately saving is not very popular these days and everything is bought on credit. If you save for something for a long time, the appreciation for the item grows. If you buy something on credit, you enjoy it for a short time only.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    rpalulis, I believe you are exactly right. Thanks for your comments.

  • rpalulis profile image


    10 years ago from NY

    Having your teen save for their first car is the best first lesson in saving. Even if a Parent can afford to front the cost, I think its a wonderful idea to make them save as much as they can of their own money. Many principles and character can be taught through this. Great hub Pamela

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Good morning to you Prasetio. It is always a pleasure to see you. I appreciate your comments and hope you can get a car soon. God Bless you.

    Darsky, I would love to pop over for coffee. I think we could talk all day. Thanks for your comment. Love and peace to you girlfriend.

  • Darlene Sabella profile image

    Darlene Sabella 

    10 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    Hello Pam, I was hoping you could pop over for a cup of Sunday morning coffee, yet we are both so busy writing we never find time. This a really great hub, and yes start at about age 12 is perfect. I rate this up and love & peace to you my dear friend, darski

  • prasetio30 profile image


    10 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Good morning, Pamela. How are you today? I hope you always fine...amen. You have valuable information. I also want to have a car, even a used car. I hope I can buy one. You give us solution, especially for teenager who want to have a used car. Of course, they have to save their money start from know. I'll share this information to my friends. Thank you very much. I give my vote to you. Cheers.......


  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drbj, Yes, I agree. Thanks for your comments.

    Mickey Dee,

    I hope she continues her education also. Thanks for your comment.

  • Micky Dee profile image

    Micky Dee 

    10 years ago

    You've got to save instead of borrow, if possible. Great hub Pamela. My daughter graduates Appalachian SU soon but I hope she continues her education. God bless!

  • drbj profile image

    drbj and sherry 

    10 years ago from south Florida

    Very good tips and information for youngsters (and adults), Pamela. It's never too early to understand the value of saving for the things you want to buy.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Simone. I think you are exactly right. Thanks for your comments.

  • Simone Smith profile image

    Simone Haruko Smith 

    10 years ago from San Francisco

    This is fabulous advice! Too many teens depend on their parents to spring for a first vehicle- I bet if more kids saved for their first cars, we'd have a lot more people behaving responsibly with their finances later on down the line!

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    10 years ago from London, UK

    A great inspiring hub. Well done, Pamela.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Tom, I agree. Thanks for the comment.

    AskAshlie, Thank you for your comment.

    ssaul, Me too. Thanks for the comments.

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    10 years ago

    wish i had this information when i was a teenager Pamela99, thanks!

  • AskAshlie3433 profile image


    10 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

    Them are some nice cars! lol

  • Tom Whitworth profile image

    Tom Whitworth 

    10 years ago from Moundsville, WV


    Teaching young people to save is a laudable enterprise.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Sameek, Thank you for your comment.

  • sameerk profile image


    10 years ago from India

    nice one


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