Purchasing a low-mileage pre-owned car, truck or SUV from Georgetown Auto Sales is a wonderful way to save on the first vehicle for your family’s new driver —but that doesn’t mean all pre-owned vehicles are equally suited to newly-licensed drivers. Which models are a safe, reliable choice when buying used?
- Avoid Buying ‘Too Much’ Vehicle: You’ll want to stay away from large pickup trucks and full-size SUVs, and for obvious reasons. These types of vehicles are difficult to handle even for experienced drivers. And because these types of vehicles often feature a lot of passenger space, that too could spell trouble. The more passengers on board, the more distracted your new driver is likely to be. Stick towards smaller pre-owned SUVs and crossovers like Honda CR-V, Kia Soul, and Mazda CX-3.
- Avoid Buying ‘Too Little’ Vehicle: Image-conscious teens may try to compel you into buying a pre-owned two-door convertible coupe, but don’t let them. Sports cars don’t merely increase the temptation to break speed limits, they also have a higher rate of accidents, and carry higher insurance premiums —especially for young drivers.
- Prioritize Key Safety Features: Safety features like electronic stability control and side curtain airbags protect against common errors made by young drivers, namely oversteering and poor traffic navigation. Systems like forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are also optimal. Be sure to review the safety ratings of any vehicle your considering to make sure they’re as optimal as can be —many vehicles manufactured after 2010 feature some or all of these features.
Need help with your next pre-owned vehicle purchase? The Georgetown Auto Sales team is here to help. Visit our headquarters this week to explore our inventory and to have your questions answered by our team of used vehicle pros.
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