Best Car for a Teen Driver?

Parents and teens are likely to have vastly different answers to this loaded question. Luckily there are some resources to help parents.


Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) – likely you have heard IIHS ratings on the car commercials but if you didn’t commit every 30 second spot to memory this website provides archived ratings back to 2006.  IIHS analyzes two safety categories: “crashworthiness” — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash — and “crash avoidance and mitigation” — technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – evaluating all the passenger compartments for frontal, side and rollover crashes, you can also look up safety recalls by Make/Model or VIN.

National Insurance Crime Bureau – looking to purchase a used vehicle, you can quickly look up a VIN to review if the vehicle has been reported as a salvage or stolen vehicle. Make sure you avoid taking on someone’s headache or receiving stolen goods.

Reliability/Owner Satisfaction:

Take a look at review sites like Consumer Reports that compare 10 vehicles classes on features, reliability and owner satisfaction. A good warranty can help mitigate costly repairs, particularly on a used car. Many used car dealers offer certified used cars that provide some peace of mind on a pre-owned vehicle that may be outside of the manufacturer warranty. Either way get any used vehicle inspected by a qualified repair shop.

Cost of ownership:

Repairs and maintenance, premium fuel and auto insurance rates all should be considered in the car buying decision. Luckily, we can help with the insurance portion. With a quick call, independent insurance agents at The Milburn Agency can get quotes from top companies for your prospective purchases. Unlike online quote tools we will consider available discounts and discuss the impacts of deductibles and recommended coverage limits.