January 26th, 2018 by

With so many different car brands and vehicles to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start looking when you are choosing a car for your teen driver. Of course, it’s important to look further than just your budget limitations, as you want to make sure to buy a safe and reliable vehicle for your child that will also last. There are a number of used Chevy and Certified Pre-Owned Chevy vehicles that meet this criteria.

Ultimately, the best thing you can do is try to choose the best used car for your young driver, which offers the newest and most reliable safety features you can afford.

Key Safety Features

You want to make sure the vehicle you buy has key safety features such as electronic stability control and curtain airbags. These lifesaving assistance systems are especially beneficial to an inexperienced driver. If possible, check to see if you can afford a model with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, which is strongly recommended by Consumer Reports.

It is also recommended to find a vehicle with electronic stability control (ESC), according to Consumer Reports. ESC is a computerized technology that improves a vehicles’ stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction, or skidding. When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help “steer” the vehicle where the driver intends to go. It’s also easy to find on all 2012 model year vehicles and newer, since it was mandated by the federal government mandated to be a standard feature.

Finally, you will want to check how a certain vehicle performed in crash tests from both the federal government and by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Now that you know what to look for in terms of safety features, it’s time to take a closer look and test drive vehicles that you and your teen are interested in. Yet, large pickup trucks and SUVs aren’t recommended for young and inexperienced drivers because they are more difficult to handle compared to cars.

Based on what you and your teen are looking to drive, Consumer Reports recommends three different used Chevrolet vehicles for teen drivers. These include the Equinox (4-cyl., 2012-2017), Malibu (nonturbo, 2009 or 2016), and the Sonic (2014 or later).

At Carter Chevrolet, we have a number of Certified Pre-Owned vehicles that include the Chevy’s that were recommended. To be a Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned vehicle it must:

• Pass a 172-point vehicle inspection
• 6 Year/100,00-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
• 12-Month/12,000 Mile Bumper-To-Bumper Limited Warranty
• CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program that includes 2 maintenance visits and more

As you can see, Chevrolet offers reliable and safe Certified Pre-Owned vehicles that you can trust for your teen driver. Give us a call today at 860-646-6464 if you would like to learn more about our Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.

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