How to Convince Parents to Help You Buy a Car

It’s time you and your parents had the talk. You’ve been avoiding it because you don’t know how it’s going to go down, but we all sit through it at some point in our lives. That’s right, you need to talk to your parents about helping you buy a car.

You may have spent your entire childhood asking your parents for things, like unconditional love and overpriced ice cream truck treats, but asking them to help you buy a car is a whole other game. Even Julius Caesar, one of history’s greatest orators, had sweaty palms when he begged his parents for a horse-drawn chariot.

Your BFF’s at Aceable are here to help you pop the question to your parents. We made a PowerPoint template that you can use during your conversation to persuade them like a boss. Extra? Maybe. Effective? Definitely. A PowerPoint gives you the advantage in any debate if the other party comes empty handed. It proves that you are prepared and that you mean business. Check out this PowerPoint Roger put together to convince his parents to help him buy a car!

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Now it's your turn! Download the PowerPoint template , fill it out, and make sure you follow these 5 steps to seal the deal.

1. Prove that you can DRIVE the car.

You took Aceable , the best drivers ed program available, and passed with flying colors. Kindly remind your parents how well you did on the multiple choice tests and all those behind-the-wheel drive times. Then, wave your shiny new driver's license in their face a few times to drive the point home.

Pro-tip: Your parents can view your past Aceable test scores in the Student Manager. You should definitely show it off because that’s a report card you can be proud of.

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2. Prove that you NEED the car.

Explain why you need the car in your parent’s words. Recognize what your parents value and pull on their heartstrings by framing your needs around theirs.

If your parents are nerds and especially value your education, tell them “I need the car so that I can skip the school bus and stay after school for tutoring.”

If your parents are worry warts and particularly value your safety, tell them “I need the car to drive home after late night soccer practice instead of walking home in the dark.”

If you understand your parents, you can get into their heads and say the words that they want to hear.

prove that you need the car

3. Prove that you are MATURE enough for the car.

With great power comes great responsibility. Owning and driving a car is no joke; it requires maturity and self-control.

If you have been eating your veggies, doing your chores, and staying out of trouble, you’re in a good spot. Sprinkle on some bonus points by telling your parents about how getting a car will let you take on more responsibilities to make their lives easier, like buying groceries, picking up the dry cleaning, and dropping off your siblings at school activities.

prove that you are mature enough for the car

4. Prove that you KNOW the car:

By now, your parents know why you need a car. Now, bring out the big guns and sell them on the specific car that you want to buy.

Like every good car salesman, you need to know the ins and outs of your dream car. Do your homework so you can shoot down any doubts your parents may have. Here are some websites you can pull information from:

  • : This lets you compare different car models and shows specs and reviews all in one place.
  • IIHS : The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issues vehicle safety scores.
  • TrueCar : Parents don’t like haggling with salesmen, so make their life easier by finding discounts on your car without even stepping foot in the dealership.

prove that you know the car

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5. Prove that you can MAINTAIN the car

If you brought home a puppy, your parents don’t want to feed and clean up after it; that’s your job because it’s your puppy. If you bring home a car, you need to be able to take care of it too.

There are a lot of additional costs beyond your car’s MSRP, such as taxes, maintenance, repairs, depreciation, insurance etc. Use Edmunds to calculate the True Cost to Own (TCO) your car for five years. You can also explore Answer Financial to browse and compare car insurance policies beforehand and save your parents some of the headache.

If you are employed right now, emphasize that you will help pay for the car and all the expenses that come with it. Even if you don’t have a paying job, at least you took the time to show that you are aware of all the costs that come with a car and that you have found ways to reduce those costs.

prove that you can maintain the car

Follow these five steps, use our PowerPoint template , check your blind spot, and you’ll be home free! Buckle up, you’re in for a ride.

Krista Doyle
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