Buying a used car can always seem a little bit daunting. No matter how great of a deal you get, it’s always a sizable financial investment. And no matter how well-engineered and reliable today’s vehicles are, there’s always that nagging worry that you’ll end up with a lemon. But while buying a vehicle for yourself can certainly be perilous, it’s far more worrying when you’re buying for someone else—specifically, for your teenaged son or daughter, with a brand-new driver’s license in hand.
When buying a used car for your teen driver, there are many considerations to weigh at once—your budget, your teen’s safety, and of course your teen’s desire for something that’s reasonably fun and cool.
So which vehicles come the most highly recommended for teen drivers? Which makes and models should you be looking for at your nearest used car dealership?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—a group devoted to upholding automotive safety—has just released its recommendations. For parents of teenage drivers, this list is an invaluable resource.
In fact, the list is helpfully broken down into different sections—price segments, and also vehicle types. No matter what your budget is, you can find something for your teen driver on this list.
The complete list is available elsewhere; we won’t reprint it all here, but we will summarize some highlights.
Used Cars Under $20,000
Used Cars Under $10,000
Again, this is just a snapshot of the list, meant to provide you with a sense of its scope and specificity. We recommend looking up the whole thing, and using it as a guide while you seek a used car, SUV, or truck for your young motorist.
You’ll find that you can get good, safe, reliable vehicles—for a reasonable price. Start seeking the used car for your teen driver today—and if you need any help, reach out to Get My Auto.
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