Mar 22

Choosing a Safe Used Car for Teen Drivers

safe used carIf you’re a parent whose teen just got a driver’s license or is in the process of earning it, you might be thinking about getting them a used car. Used cars are great options because they’re more affordable and are oftentimes just as reliable as newer cars if they’ve been well maintained. Here are some things to look for when choosing a safe used car for your teenager.
Go for bigger and heavier vehicles: Your first instinct might be to go for smaller cars because they are cheaper, are easier to park and maneuver, and cost less to fuel up, but when it comes to safety, having a heavier vehicle is a must.
Look for electronic stability control: Also called ESC, this system reduces risk by giving the driver more control on curves and slippery roads.
Don’t go for higher horsepower: Every teenager wants to be the cool kid with the sports car, but a more powerful engine can tempt them to get into more trouble. Opt for a milder engine instead.
Check safety ratings: This is an obvious one, but often overlooked. If you have a certain model year of a nameplate in mind, check the safety rating from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ahead of time.
Buying a safe used car for your teen driver can be a complicated process, but we here at Pfeiffer Used are ready and willing to help you through it. Just call or come by today.

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