Watching your daughter learn to drive can be both exciting and scary. On one hand, you might feel relieved that you’re no longer a personal chauffeur. On the other hand, it can be scary to think about your little girl driving without you. I was fortunate enough to have my first car purchased for me. My parents bought me a silver ’04 Honda Civic. As I look back, I can’t imagine a better first car. If you’re thinking about purchasing a car for your daughter, a used Honda Civic is the way to go. Here’s why.
1) Honda Civics won’t break the bank
Both new and used Honda Civics are reasonably priced. Hondas run for a long time, so it’s easy to find a used Civic from the early 2000s for $10,000. You may feel skeptical about buying an older car, but Hondas are known for their longevity. Growing up, I watched my friend’s red Honda Civic hit 240,000 miles. Your little girl will probably end up purchasing a new car before the Civic goes kaput. When it does come time to part ways, Honda Civics tend to have high resale values. In 2016, the Civic received Edmund’s Best Retained Value Award. While price should be an important factor in your decision, resale value should be a close second. To research the value of a particular year and model, try using Kelley Blue Book .
2) A Civic will set your mind at ease
It’s also important to purchase a vehicle that lets you sleep while you little girl is out on the road. Even after 10 years, J.D. Power Rating still rates the 2007 Honda Civic “Among the Best.” The same vehicle also earned five stars in nearly every NHTSA Safety Rating category. In other words, Honda Civics have a reputation for reliability and safety. Civics are also available in both 2 and 4-door models. Given that teenage drivers are at greater risk when other teens are in the car, my parents went the extra mile and purchased the 2-door model. This was the perfect excuse to deny rides, and my car was automatically nixed for group trips.
3) Civics are affordable to maintain
You may purchase your little girl’s first car, but she’ll probably have to maintain it on her own. Fortunately, Honda Civics are inexpensive to both fuel and maintain. A new Honda Civic can get up to 32 miles per gallon in the city and 42 on the highway. Older models aren’t far behind. Newer Honda Civics also use motor oil more efficiently than older vehicles. While older Civics require new oil every 3,000 miles, new Civics only need an oil change after 7,500 miles.
4) You can still be a cool parent
In addition to being safe, reliable, and affordable, Honda Civics are also pretty good looking. They can even look downright sporty with the right upgrades. That said, your little girl won’t be embarrassed about driving to school in a Honda Civic. If that’s what you’re going for, I recommend a 98’ Cadillac Deville.
Whatever you end up choosing, make sure to bring along a car-savvy friend to help you shop. You should also prepare a list of questions for the car salesman ahead of time. After all, a used car is only as good as its maintenance schedule.