FINANCIAL LITERACY The Money Trail Part 20 - Buying a Car Teenager’s Dream Machine -- Students learn that before shopping for a new dream machine or a more practical and serviceable used car, they need to carefully review their budget and cash flow to determine the amount they can afford to spend on a car. They learn the differences between buying new cars vs. used cars along with warnings of scams and frauds that unfortunately is a present danger for anyone (young and old alike) looking to buy new or used cars today. Purchasing a car is a major expense for a buyer because it costs to finance, operate, maintain, and insure it. It’s not wise to buy on impulse, but it is wise to know the vehicle’s history and get as much information about a potential purchase before actually buying the car. Other than purchasing a home, purchasing a new or used car is one of the more complicated purchases anyone will make.
It’s an exciting time when young people are in a position to purchase their first car, and there are many factors that go into making the decision for that first purchase. Are your students aware of various frauds and scams that can make them potential victims if they don’t even know what they are?
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The Money Trail Series supports the National Standards for Financial Literacy in the following: Earning Income, Buying Goods and Services, Saving Money, Using Credit, Investing, Protecting and Insuring.
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This activity fits nicely with the FINANCIAL LITERACY - "The Money Trail" series. It is a hands-on computerized (EXCEL spreadsheet) unit that reinforces what students learn when they finish or during the "The Money Trail" Parts. Access to computers is essential when teaching this unit. An option could be to use this activity as a final project. "
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