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Though statistics suggest today’s teenagers aren’t as eager to get behind the wheel as were their car-crazy predecessors, obtaining a driver’s license and driving one’s first car remains an important rite of passage for young adults. Many parents tend to purchase an older “beater” car for a couple thousand dollars or less as a teen driver’s first ride, but the experts suggest families dig deeper into their pocketbooks to properly safeguard their offspring. “Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to get a safe vehicle for a teenager at the prices most people are paying,” says Anne McCartt, IIHS senior vice president for research. “Our advice to parents would be to remember the risks teens take and consider paying a little more.”
As the accompanying slide show illustrates, it’s possible for parents to choose a safer car for young drivers and still stay within a reasonable budget. We’ve compiled an assortment of 21 vehicles that are less than 10 years old and can be purchased from used-car dealers starting at an average of around $7,000 to $12,000 (higher for later-model versions; prices tend to be lower if purchased from a private party, and either way are almost always negotiable).
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