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Tips for finding safe used cars for teen drivers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Teenagers are among the riskiest drivers, and they often end up with inexpensive vehicles that don't offer adequate protection in a crash. To help families find safer, vehicles that fit their budget, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released a list of recommended used vehicles to help guide parents looking for an affordable and safe vehicle for their teen driver.

Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer for IIHS David Zuby gave the following recommendations:

  • High horsepower and young drivers don't mix: Some recommended models for teens have high-horsepower versions but stick with the base engine.
  • Electronic stability control is an essential feature: It helps a driver maintain control on curves and slippery roads.
  • Check for recalls: Before purchasing a used vehicle, it's critical to check for outstanding recalls. It is also recommended to check the recall page every 6 months to ensure your teen’s safety
  • Check IIHS and NHTSA safety ratings: Visit www.iihs.org and www.nhtsa.gov for ratings.
  • Plan ahead for future drivers: Select new family vehicles with top safety features for when that car is eventually passed down to younger children.

Click here to see detailed lists of cars recommended for teens.