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.
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.