Best Used Cars for Your Teenager

Are you searching for a reliable used car for a teenager?

We have a few suggestions on how to find one. In fact, we might have a few floating around our used car inventory at Certified Headquarters. First, let’s check out some important criteria to guide your decision on the best vehicle selection.

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Safety First – What Makes a Vehicle Teenager Proof?

  • Airbag Coverage All 21st-century vehicles have front airbags, but we recommend selecting a model with side airbags as well. These are vital for when the time arrives, and other passengers are in the car with them. While we wouldn’t assume a high probability of an accident, you’re better safe than sorry with the potential for a t-bone collision or any other side impact.
  • Vehicle Size No, you don’t need to buy them a huge truck to keep them safe on the road; bigger isn’t always better. You can check a particular model’s crash test reports with a quick web search, but it’s actually the larger sedans and modest-sized SUVs that tend to be safer.
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) The ESC system in modern vehicles helps maintain stable traction and makes driving much easier. They often come with anti-lock brakes and computerized traction control, vitals components when your new driver experiences heavy rain, ice, or sludge on the road for the first time.
  • Performance & Handling You may not want to buy your first-time driver a Lamborghini supercar that hits 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, but reliable performance is helpful. As you might have guessed, the best vehicle for a young person is something that’s easy to drive and doesn’t go too slow or fast. There are a lot of Toyota Camrys and Honda Civics that fit the bill nicely.

Top Affordable Models for Teenage Drivers

Besides the important safety factors, we’re sure you’ll want to find something of good value without breaking the bank. Fortunately, Certified Headquarters has a fine variety of vehicles under $7,500, which make great starter vehicles for your teenager.

There’s also some interesting research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), listing the safest and most affordable vehicles for first-time drivers. These models are from 2011 or newer, and you can find them for less than $10,000:

  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Prius
  • Ford Taurus
  • Subaru Outback
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Mazda 3
  • Mazda CX-5

Hopefully, this gives you a decent start position in your search for a reliable car for your teenager. If you want to find other excellent models like these, then you should check out everything we have at Certified Headquarters in St. James, NY. Feel free to contact us ahead of time at 631-366-3700.

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