Car Family

Things to know when buying your child a car

December 4, 2018

You’re tired of driving them around and being a chauffeur. The young adults of today always have somewhere to be, like a lecture or the mall (spending money they don’t really have on things they don’t really need). While you, on the other hand, just want to relax at home during the weekend, not in the mood for any parental duties.

The idea of buying them a car no longer seems like such a bad idea. Yet, since it’s your child’s first car, a second-hand vehicle does seem like a good option. There are plenty of used cars in South Africa which are in good condition. Your head is buzzing as you think of the daunting task of finding a good used car, wondering if they are reliable or not, would a used car be cheaper than a brand new one and would it be good quality?

Luckily for you, there are a number of used cars for you to choose from, making it easier to find a second-hand car for a young adult. There are a variety of cheap used cars to choose from, especially used VW Polo for sale. When it comes to VW pre-owned cars, you can choose between many models, including a Polo Vivo or a Volkswagen Golf. There are so many options with VW second-hand cars.

Once you have decided which second-hand vehicle you’re interested in buying, it is important to check whether or not the car is in good condition.

Check how much fuel the car uses

For a young adult who’s still finding their feet financially, it would be ideal to check how much fuel the car uses. The main reason for that would be because students don’t have money and they certainly don’t have money just for fuel all the time. And with everything being so expensive, it would be fitting to look for a car that uses less fuel.

Car costs

Always look for a car that’s in your price range, there are tons of second-hand cars which you can get from a dealership. There are cars that are being sold for reasonable prices that are in perfect condition. Wanting to buy your child the top-of-the-range car isn’t always necessary and the main reason why you’re opting for a used vehicle is so that you don’t leave a hole in your pocket.

Always keep in mind that you’re buying a car for your child because they need it to get by, there are a number of good quality used cars for sale. Also, think about whether or not you’re looking for a car with power steering electric windows, air conditioning, and all other add-ons.

Find out more about cars

Knowledge is power. Always try to find out more about a used car on sale. Find out if it’s durable and whether it will be able to take your child to and from wherever they need to be. Your child’s safety is very important. Do your research and go to a mechanic who can find out if the car is roadworthy. Just because you’re looking for cheap used cars, doesn’t mean it should be dangerous. While doing your research, it is important for you to get the full service history of the car. You need to know what you’re buying.

Is the car suitable for your child

So, while you’re surfing the net, you see a used bakkie and think to yourself “this is a good deal”, but just because you see a good deal, that doesn’t mean it will be fine or suitable for your child. We are talking about millennials and bakkies aren’t always what they consider “cool”. Always aim to maybe find a small car that will be suitable for them and small cars are easier to park. Things that your child would also prefer in their car are a radio and CD player.


When buying a car, your number one priority should be getting it insured. Accidents happen on a daily basis, therefore, it is important that you get insurance. Insurance isn’t only for cases where you’re in an accident, it’s also helpful in cases where your car has been stolen or damaged for some reason.

Always go to a trusted dealership

Trusted dealerships should always be your first place to go. It gives you some peace of mind knowing you bought from a trusted company that has been around for years. If you have found a car dealership near you and you have done your research, then that isn’t a problem. Just make sure you go with your gut instinct.

There will be more than one good car sale, so take a few for a test drive before making your final decision. This will help you make a good decision on the best car for your child.

Safety check

Your child’s safety is a top priority. It’s your job as a parent to make sure it can securely lock. Keeping the spare key is also a good idea as anything can happen. Young people lose things, so it’s comforting knowing they’re with you. Crime is at its peak, so it would be best to a have a car with central locking. Try to also get alloy wheels as they are quite strong.

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