When it comes to choosing a vehicle for your teen driver, there are a number of important factors to consider – budget, safety features, and body type, just to name a few. While most parents would love to buy a brand new car jam-packed with the latest safety technology, most families just can’t afford to buy a brand-new car for their teen. In fact, 83% of parents who bought their teen a vehicle bought it used, according the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
There are four major factors to consider when shopping for a used car for your teen. First, skip sports cars and powerful vehicles boasting large amounts of horsepower; that’s just asking for trouble. Second, think big. Bigger, heavier vehicles are safer than small, lightweight vehicles – it’s just a matter of physics. Next, electronic stability control is a must. Most modern cars feature ESC, but if you’re looking at cars more than five years old, make sure they have this life-saving safety feature. Finally, the car you choose should have the best possible safety ratings, both in government and IIHS testing.
IIHS.org went ahead and did the heavy lifting for us. Here are the top picks for used cars under $20,000.
Here at Pfeiffer Plainfield Used, we want to help you find a reliable, dependable, and safe used car for your teen driver. Stop by to see our wide selection of vehicles that your teen will love…and you will feel good about!