If you’re a teenager, you want to buy your first car as soon as possible. However, even if you’ve looked at tons of used cars and feel confident you’ve found the one you absolutely love, it’s extremely important you consider the financial side of things before you come in to see us to make a purchase. Here are a few tips for saving up for your first car successfully.
Calculate How Much You Need
The first step in saving up for your first car involves figuring out how much you need. It’s important to remember that this doesn’t just include your monthly payment. You also need to factor in the cost of gas, insurance, regular oil changes, maintenance, and more. Then, figure out how much your income is every month and how much you can set aside for your first car.
If you aren’t planning on paying for the car all at once, determine how much you can spend on a car payment every month. Then, figure out how much you can spend on a down payment. Typically, it’s a good idea to put at least 20 percent down on a vehicle loan.
Find Ways to Save a Little Extra
Now that you’ve figured out how much you need to save to buy your first car, it’s time to start the actual saving. If you don’t have much of an income, try getting a job or doing things on the side for your friends and family members. For instance, you might try babysitting for a neighbour on the weekends. You may also want to think about cutting back on things you don’t really need, like eating out and going to movies.
When it comes to saving up for your first car, it can be done. You just have to be patient, be diligent, and make smart decisions as you get ready to make this important purchase.