Caution suggested when buying older cars
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has published research that demonstrates a clear link between the high rate of fatalities involving male drivers under twenty years old, and the age of the car they have been driving.
The research draws the distinct conclusion that low-powered cars with better safety features would be better for young drivers.
IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: "Parents should help their child choose the best car they can get for their money. A new car won't be an option for everybody but there are plenty of used cars that will be almost as good - you do need to do some thorough research though."
When choosing a first car for a young driver there are several things to consider, and the institute has highlighted these.
In the New Car Assessment Programme rating, purchasers should ideally look for four stars in the adult rating category. But they should not accept less than three stars, even for older vehicles, it is believed.
The IAM suggest that longer manufacturer Car Warranties are becoming standard. There are many used cars available that are covered by a used Car Warranty, but purchasers should check the small print for mileage restrictions.
On the subject of mileage, people should not be fooled by low mileage and end up paying too much. Many cars are only used for local trips and do not, therefore, clock up high mileages.
published: 15/08/2012 17:00:00