Sooner than I want it to be this is an issue I will face. I know other parents of teen drivers, often find themselves wondering how to choose the best car for their teen without draining his/her college fund.
For most families, a used car is the best way to go for a teenager from the affordability standpoint. But, of course, price isn’t the only consideration. When searching for a first car for a teen, here are four other important factors to consider.
- Avoid high horsepower vehicles with powerful engines that may prove tempting to limit-testing teens.
- Getting a bigger/heavier vehicle to provide added protection in a crash. An added benefit of these is often they have a lower center of gravity also makes them less likely to roll over.
- CArs with better safety features like electronic stability control (ESC) and side airbags. Both of these features are just as important as seatbelt use in preventing injuries if a crash occurs.
- We certaiunly recommend any teens vehicles have at least a four or better yet a five star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Some of the better options for used cars for teen drivers with prices under $10,000 include:
- Volkswagen Jetta 2009 and later
- Volvo C30 2008 and later
- Volkswagen Passat 2009 and later
- Ford Fusion 2010 and later
- Honda Element 2007 and later
- Subaru Tribeca 2006 and later
- Volvo XC90 2005 and later
You can see a complete list of highly rated vehicles for teen drivers on the IIHS website.
Once you’ve narrowed down the list of acceptable models, take any vehicle you’re considering for a thorough test drive. See how it handle on the highway and around some tricky curves your teen is likely to encounter. You should also do a background check via Carfax or AutoCheck to see if the vehicle has previously been in an accident. Of course, take the car to a mechanic ou trust for an independent inspection to uncover any potential issues.
Finally, before you hand over the keys, take the time to create a parent-teen driving contract that outlines your expectation for your teen’s behavior and the consequences for breaking the rules. The CDC website has a sample you can use as a starting point.
Holzer Edwards Can Help
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