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How To Buy A Safe Car For Your Teen


Teenagers are just learning how to drive, so their inexperience puts them at risk on the road. Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for teens nationwide. Therefore, when buying a car for your teen you want to put safety first. Teens may want something cool and flashy, but it is better to pick something that will keep them safe in the worst case scenario. Here is a guide to helping your teen pick out a car that will keep them safe.

Learn The Safest Car Models For Teens

For the most part we buy our teens used cars. Used cars do not have the most modern safety equipment, so it is important to know what used cars are rated highest for safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did a study recently that showed the type of vehicle you purchase for your teen can have an impact on their likelihood of accident. They then recommended the following used car models as the safest vehicles for teen drivers:

  • 2007-2016 Toyota Tundra
  • 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2011-2016 Kia Sorento
  • 2013-2016 Mazda CX-5
  • 2011-2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
  • 2012-2016 Honda Accord
  • 2010-2016 Chevy Malibu
  • 2005-2016 Volvo XC90
  • 2011-2016 Ford Explorer
  • 2009-2016 Subaru Forester

When looking at used car advertisements in your area, keep an eye out for these models as a great place to start for your teen vehicle.

Do Some Background Research

Once you have a couple potential vehicles in mind, you will want to do a little background research on their safety. The National Highway and Safety Administration has safety ratings for every vehicle that can be searched on their website here. You can also search Kelly Blue Book and Consumer Reports for more information on safety ratings. Then you will want to go to the manufacturer’s website and search to see if the vehicle has a history of recalls. If the vehicle has been recalled, it does not mean it is not safe. It just means you need to look into the mechanical history of the vehicle to ensure these issues were resolved.

Next, you will want to look at the individual history of the vehicle. Carfax is a great website to search the accident and repair history of the vehicle. You can also find vehicle history reports from AutoCheck and in the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. You will also want to ask the seller about the vehicle’s maintenance and accident history. Vehicles that have been in serious collisions should be avoided because there may be unresolved mechanic and body issues that can lead to problems later. Finally, immediately after purchasing the vehicle, take it to a certified mechanic to give it a once over. Florida has lemon laws that make it so you can return any vehicle that has defects. For an overview of the lemon laws check out the Florida DMV website.

Look For Safety Features

There are tons of great safety features on vehicles that you will want to have. Every car you buy should have basic safety features like seat belts and airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control. There are also some advanced safety features to look out for including:

  • Active Head Restraints
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Adaptive Headlights
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Backup Camera
  • Blindspot Warning
  • Brake Assist
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Parking Assist
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Tire Pressure Monitors

These features are usually offered on newer or luxury models, so they may not be available in your price range. However, if you find a vehicle that has any of these additional safety features, it is a good thing for your teen.

Safe vehicles can help prevent your teen for getting into a debilitating accident. So make sure you do all the necessary research to ensure you’ve picked a great vehicle. At , Goldman, Babboni, and Walsh we want to make sure all teen drivers are safe. However, if something does happen and your teen is injured in an accident, we’re always here to help.

Michael J. Babboni's wide-ranging legal career is based on the strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and have access to effective legal help. Michael began putting his beliefs in action by helping the people of St. Petersburg Florida get what they are owed in civil trials fighting to protect families by making corporations pay, and honor their obligations.

How To Buy A Safe Car For Your Teen

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