Tips for Buying and Owning a Car

My first car
Mileage, insurance and maintenance, oh my!

You've finished your test and seconds feel like hours waiting to hear your results. Finally, the driving test evaluator speaks. You passed. You are officially a licensed driver!

Suddenly, you have the freedom to go anywhere you want without relying on someone to drive you.

But, wait a minute—you need a car! How will you find the right one? How will you afford it? How will you afford gas and insurance?

It turns out it's not that hard to purchase and manage a car if you're organized and thrifty. Here are some tips that really helped me.

Find your car

The first step was to figure out what type of car would be right for me. I decided I needed a used car that didn't need a lot of work, had good gas mileage, and had no more than 150,000 miles on it.
I need a car that can handle winters like this.

It's important as teenagers to consider if we even need a car at all, especially if we're planning on going to college after high school. Many colleges are in communities where you don't need a car because you can walk or take public transportation. Having a car would require unnecessary insurance, parking, fuel, and upkeep expenses.

But, if you need a car...

When looking at used cars, websites such as CARFAX and Auto Trader could help you narrow your search to the vehicle that is right for you.

For more options, use your search engine to find car-sale sites. You can also look at a local used-car shop, or see if any of your friends or family are selling cars. Using resources, both people and the Internet, will help you find a great car to match your needs.

Think about:

Here's my story...

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