10 Tips for Choosing Your Kid's First Car

No Cool Old Cars
Remember, this car is for your kid -- not you -- so make a wise decision. (Creative Commons/Flickr/dok1)

You've probably always dreamed of buying your little girl an adorable vintage convertible Volkswagen Beetle, maybe even in pink. Or of restoring an old Camaro in the garage while you and your son bond over Bondo. Snap out of it, because this is not "Better Off Dead," and your kid is not a young John Cusack -- nor will he even get that movie reference. These cars are completely unsafe -- some only have lap belts, no shoulder belts, and definitely no pre-tensioning system. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS), stability control, tire-pressure monitoring -- these were the stuff of science fiction until quite recently. And if you're still tempted, just remember that the insurance rate for a new driver in an old car will be through the roof.

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