How to Choose the Right Car for a Teen Driver

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Teenager learning to drive

It’s a whole new experience once your teen starts driving. They grow up in just a short amount of time! Choosing a car for your teen, or assisting them in doing so, is not the same as choosing a vehicle for yourself. If your teen may want to go on the best ride they can find, you should put safety first. Price and fuel efficiency are also critical considerations.

Teenager learning to drive
  1. Safety features.
    Many parents believe that a larger car is inherently safer, which is mostly true, but there are some dangers to consider while driving a larger vehicle. SUVs, for example, have a higher chance of tipping over, and more seats allow for more passengers. According to statistics, the more friends a teen has in a car with them, the greater the likelihood of a collision. Overall, studies indicate that mid-sized sedans are the best cars because they are neither too large nor too small. While older and used cars are less expensive, they may lack some of the newly mandated safety features found in cars produced in recent years. The following are some of the essential features found in the safest classified cars for 2020: strong obstacle avoidance performance, electronic stability control (ESP), automatic emergency braking, limited acceleration, blind-spot warning systems, forward collision warning.
  2. The test drive.
    It’s a smart idea to go car shopping with your teen and be a second pair of eyes to evaluate the choices. It’s also a good idea to bring along any mechanic friends you might have. Be sure to search for rust, head and tail lights, dents, and scratches on your walk-through. Look for important buying factors such as comfort and protection, a strong braking system, suspension, GPS, radio, Bluetooth, and climate control during the test drive. It’s a good idea to bring a checklist with you so you don’t forget what to look for!
  3. Fuel economy.
    After-school sports, social gatherings, and school are usually crammed into a teen’s schedule. As a result, it’s fair to assume that fuel economy would be critical in assisting your teen in sticking to a schedule. The smaller the vehicle, the more fuel-efficient it will be, but customer reviews on fuel economy are a great way to compare car makes and models to assess fuel efficiency.
  4. Negotiating the deal.
    Doing your homework is a surefire way to lay the groundwork for your car negotiations. Knowing how much the car you’re interested in is worth will give you an advantage in negotiations. Inform the dealer that you are looking around but would like to make an offer. You should know your highest price ahead of time and start with a number that allows you to compromise before you hit the top of your budget. It’s a smart idea to go to a few different dealerships to get a range of deals and to gain more negotiating power by informing the salespeople that you’ve found a better deal elsewhere.
  5. Insuring the vehicle.
    Your prices are likely to adjust when insuring a car for a teen, so it’s important to make sure your teen is protected. You may want to go with your teen to the insurance broker’s office the first time they go to insure their car. If a learner will be driving your car, you must list them on your policy, and the learner fee will apply, as part of insurance reforms that went into effect on September 1, 2019. Depending on where you live, the learner premium will range from $130 to $250 per year.

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