What is a better for a first car, new or used?

Should I get a new car or a used car as a 17 year old? I work a minimum wage job and need a reliable first car.

Answer provided by
Emily Maracle
Answered on Jun 23, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
“As you are a new driver, it would be better to get a used car to start. Car insurance is typically less expensive with a used car. Used cars are often just as reliable as a new car with regular upkeep.
If you really want to get a new car, you should see what you can afford. You’ll likely have to finance a new car, which will have a higher monthly payment. With insurance and gas, it can be expensive.
The best thing to do is to request car insurance quotes for a few vehicles you like. You can shop around with various carriers to see what it would cost to insure a new and used car.
Once you see what the cost may be, you should choose the vehicle that you’ll be able to maintain.”

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