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Get Safer Teen Drivers by Giving Them Better Cars

U.S. News unveils new car list for teens.

by on Jul.26, 2016

New safety technologies offer parents some peace of mind as their youngsters get behind the wheel.

Parents of soon-to-be-teenage drivers are often faced with a tough decision: what should the newly minted motorist tool around town in?

There two trains of thoAdd an Imageught on this: an older car that when it gets a dings, scratches and dents that often come with learning the rules of the road won’t require a call to the insurance company or a newer vehicle replete with the latest in safety technology, but often comes with a monthly payment and a much higher insurance tab.

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If the latter of the two is your choice, then you’re facing a mountain of choices, all of which will likely be pretty good. However, the folks at U.S. News and World Report have compiled their annual list of Best New Cars for Teens to help parents weed through the options. (more…)

The 10 Best New Cars for Your Teens

Practical, affordable, safe - and still fun to drive.

by on Aug.20, 2015

The Honda Fit comes highly recommended for teenage drivers with plenty of safety features and versatility.

With the kids heading back to school, you may be thinking about putting some of your older ones on wheels. But what are the best cars for a teen driver?

Coming up with the right model can be a challenge, but there are some important factors to keep in mind, safety first and foremost. So, while your teen might have a BMW M3, Ford Mustang or Volkswagen Golf R high on their list, you’re likely to look for something a bit more practical.

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And affordable. You don’t want to strain your household budget or stretch the thin wallet of a teen heading off to college. And affordability involves more than just the up-front price. You also have to consider fuel and insurance costs. Unfortunately, teens typically get socked with hefty premiums , though you can bring that down with the right car. (more…)

14 Best Cars for Teens

Safe, fuel-efficient, affordable and reliable.

by on Jun.24, 2013

Tops on the Best Teen Car list, the Ford Taurus has a big interior and a relatively small insurance premium.

Maybe your teen has just gone through that rite of passage, getting a driver’s license. Or perhaps they’ve gotten their diploma and are heading off to college next autumn.  Whatever the reason, it’s a challenge that millions of American parents are familiar with: finding the best car for their teens.

Now, we know that young drivers would likely look for something quick and cool if they were doing the shopping, but parents usually have a different agenda.  They’re looking for a vehicle that’s safe, affordable, fuel-efficient and reliable.

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The good news is that there are plenty of used vehicles that fall into that category.  Better yet, most of the 14 Best Cars for Teens ranked by CarInsurance.com are also likely to have enough of the cool factor to keep the kids happy.

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20 Best Cars for a Teen Driver – if Insurance is Your Top Priority

The added cost of insurance can be a deal breaker.

by on Mar.29, 2012

From an insurance cost standpoint, this is the best choice for a teen: the 2008 Audi A3.

Anyone who works in the auto industry is bound to hear the same question – frequently – from parents: “What’s the best car to buy for my child?”

It’s not as easy to answer as it might seem.  Of course, it depends on the kid.  Given a choice, what they’d like to be seen in might not be the wisest option, of course.  A first-time drive probably shouldn’t be driving a Mustang GT or a BMW M3.  And while short-wheelbase SUVs, like the Jeep Wrangler, might seem a fun alternative, they can have rollover issues when inexperienced young drivers speed around a corner.

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Most parents prefer to hold down costs by putting the novice behind the wheel of a relatively recent used car, but the price of the vehicle itself shouldn’t be the only factor to consider.  Insurance can be a deal-breaker, though if you don’t check up front you could get a painful lesson after the fact.

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