Thursday, September 11, 2014

Don’t Sacrifice Safety When Buying Your Teen’s First Car

From diapers, to the first day of school, to getting their driver’s license -- kids grow up quick! When it’s time for them to start driving on their own, you not only want a safe and reliable vehicle, you want something affordable. Kuehn Motors has a variety of options for you at our three locations and we can provide excellent recommendations for your teenager’s first car.

For many families, a 2014 Safety Vehicle Top Pick isn’t an option, but there are elements of these vehicles that we can look for in our Used Vehicle Inventory.

Factors we consider when helping you pick out the perfect car include:

High Horsepower: Young drivers should stay away from vehicles with high horsepower because powerful engines can tempt them to test limits.

Bigger and Heavier: Bigger and heavier cars, including small SUVs, protect better in the case of a crash.

Safety Rating: Consider your budget, and look for vehicles that have the highest safety rating possible. The mean price of a teenager’s vehicle is about $9,800, but the median is only $5,300. While there are many options in the $9,800 price range, there are very limited options around $5,300. When it comes to your child’s safety, consider paying a little more.

At Kuehn Motors, we pride ourselves on giving our customers options. See below for current inventory selections that would make great first vehicles, plus safety ratings! (Inventory subject to change)

2006 Nissan Xterra X - Small SUV, low miles, great condition! Read Safety Rating by IIHS.

2004 Chevy Tahoe - Larger SUV, automatic transmission and clean! Read Motor Trend Safety Rating.