Some insurance companies do not require teens driving their parent's car under a permit to be on the policy. My son drove under a permit for 3 years, then got his license at age 18.
And cheapest/best cars for teens are the ones that are affordable, reliable, safe, not too fast, won't catch the cop's eye, not embarrass them in front of their friends, and are easy to repair. Consumer Reports recommends a used Honda Accord or Camry. There is a glut of them, so an affordable one is easy to find.
I read there is a 1:3 chance a teen will ‘total’ the car (repairs > cars value) within 3 years of starting to drive. Need to see what 3 years of collision insurance costs compared to what the car is worth.
Lilah Butler recommends 2 ‘Party Vans’ and a Subaru Forester.
Subaru's are cool, esp. in snow country; But expensive, esp. if AWD.
A Van??? NOT. Just think of the social price:
Imagine your son pulling up to a teenage girl's house in a van? He'll be labelled the Neighborhood Creep; At least by the girl's dad.
Your teen daughter getting stuck driving her 7 new friends everywhere after school in the Soccer-Mom-Car and not getting her homework done.
Parking a big vehicle (van, truck) in a very full school parking lot is also difficult, upping the chances of not finding a space or a fender-bender trying to squeeze into the little Compact space everybody else passed up. So a solidly-built small car with sturdy bumpers is best for students.
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