10 Tips for Choosing Your Kid's First Car

Buy Boring
Don't even think about it. (Creative Commons/Flickr/InSapphoWeTrust)

This is ancient advice, passed down from the first parent to ever buy their kid a car: buy boring. Do not buy a car with anything even resembling power. Make sure the speedometer -- which is always optimistic -- tops out at 100 miles per hour (160.9 kilometers per hour). It's a safe bet that that car will never reach triple digits, no matter how hard your kid tries. Also, do not buy turbocharged anything. Do not buy anything that even looks fast. Cars that look fast make kids think their cars -- and they themselves -- can do things they cannot. Instead, buy a car that your kid is maybe just a little bit ashamed to be seen in. That way he's less likely to pull any moves that might draw attention. Once again ... midsized sedans! What what!

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