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BUYING A CAR FOR YOUR TEENAGER
Teen drivers are the most dangerous drivers of all age groups. The most important thing to consider when buying your child their first car is safety. Below are some basic tips that will help you select the right car for your child's needs, at the right price.

Avoid buying Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and smaller cars
SUVs and small cars are not recommended for first time buyers. SUVs have a higher center of mass, resulting in more difficult handling. Rollover accidents are likely as a result of unexpected maneuvering caused by distractions, horsing around or any other disruption common amongst teens. 

Teenagers are inexperienced drivers. As a result, kids between the ages of 18-21 get into more accidents than any other age group in America. Compact cars do not offer as much protection as a bigger automobiles. Therefore, new drivers should have a larger size car with stable handling characteristics.

Sports cars are a 'no-no'
The chances for getting into a speed related accident increase greatly when you put a teenager behind the wheel of sports vehicle or a muscle car. Speed = reckless driving.

Consider buying a new car
Just because a 1975 Malibu is bigger than a 2005 Honda, that does not mean it is safer.  No matter how you slice it, newer cars offer more protection. Not only do they offer better structural crash protection, almost all new cars come with airbags and anti-lock brakes. Newer vehicles also have less mechanical and component problems that can result in the vehicle going out of control.

Choose a make offering decent performance, but not high performance
You don't want a car that is too weak or one that has so much power that it encourages speed and reckless driving. You want to choose a car that is moderate in performance. Specifically a vehicle that can make passing maneuvers and merging with ease.

New drivers should always drive automatic
First time drivers are going to have to learn how to deal with everyday driving distractions as well as common teenage distractions (changing the radio, talking, horsing around, etc.) and should not have to worry about 'shifting' all the time.

Here is what we recommend for first time drivers...
Star Loan Services suggests the Honda Accord, Nissan Maxima or the Ford Taurus for new teen drivers. These cars are midsized sedans that offer just the right amount of power and great protection. You can also check on ConsumerReports.org for more input on vehicles for first time drivers.

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