Regardless of whether you’re headed to college or perhaps your first job, you may need a set of wheels to get you there. But as a young person who is just starting out and with a limited budget, you may not think you have a whole lot of choices.
However, you might be surprised at just how many reliable used cars there are which could give you the budget-friendly ride you’re looking for.
Here at your hometown used car dealership near Red Bank, NJ, Nissan World of Red Bank, we have a large selection of top-quality pre-own vehicles less than $15,000 for sale in Red Bank, NJ to choose from. To help you narrow down what types of vehicles are best for young car buyers like yourself, we’ve come up with a list of our 7 best used cars for young buyers.
Car-buying Tips For Younger Drivers
But before we get into that, we’d like to give you a few pieces of advice. After all, buying a big deal and we want to help you make the right decision.
First of all, come up with a budget. Take a realistic look at your income and expenses. Ask yourself if you have money for a down payment and how much of a monthly payment you can afford. Remember that you need to add car insurance and registration fees into the equation.
Second, determine what kind of car you want to buy based on your needs. This is probably the hardest step because you have to weed out some types of cars that may be impractical. Sure, a two-seat roadster may be a lot of fun to drive, but may not make the grade when it comes to practicality and fuel economy.
Third, put safety and handling at the top of your list. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recommends that younger buyers should try to buy a used car handles confidently and offers such safety features as anti-lock brakes, multiple airbags (including side curtain airbags), a rear backup camera, and electronic stability control (ESC). All-wheel drive is also a desirable safety feature that will come in handy during our harsh New Jersey winters. Also, bigger and heavier cars are generally safer. And you should strive to buy a used car that has a 4 or 5-star National Transportation Highway Safety Administration rating and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Now let’s take a look at our 7 best used cars for young buyers. We’ll start the list off with what we think are 3 of the best Nissans young people (and their folks) should consider.
Late-Model Nissan Versa
The inexpensively priced Nissan Versa has a lot going for it. Available as either a 4-door sedan or smartly styled hatchback, many pre-owned Versas come jam-packed with lots of great features, excellent fuel economy (EPA-estimated 31 mpg city/40 mpg highway), a lively 109-hp engine, roomy interior, and some terrific tech such as hands-free calling, streaming audio, and USB connectivity. Versas also have such outstanding standard safety features such as advanced airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control, and ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. You’ll also get Nissan’s legendary dependability as part of the bargain.
2011 and 2012 Nissan Sentra
A pre-owned Nissan Sentra from Nissan World of Red Bank is a step up in size, performance, and spaciousness. You’ll find more tech goodies such navigation, a peppier engine, and a longer list of available amenities, such as dual-zone climate controls and even push–button start/stop. Be on the lookout for used Sentras equipped with such safety features as Intelligent Cruise Control and blind-spot warning. Consumer Reports rates the Sentras as one of their best used cars for young drivers. Yes, you’ll pay more for a pre-owned Sentra, but you get lots more for your money.
2010 – 2013 Nissan Altima
Both the IIHS and Consumer Reports recommend pre-owned Nissan Altimas as a great buy for younger drivers. There are many reasons and safety tops the list. The IIHS gives the 2013 Nissan Altima its top “Good” rating in 4 out of 5 categories. As a true midsize sedan, Altimas are spacious, sophisticated, and stylish. As one of Nissan’s best-selling vehicles, you’ll find that well-equipped pre-owned Altimas before 2010 are a reliable bargain worth considering.
Of course, there are several more Nissans we could recommend as a terrific choice for teen or young drivers, such as a late-model Nissan Rogue CUV, for example. After all, Nissans are great cars (we admit some bias here of course).
But you’ll find many outstanding pre-owned vehicles for sale at our Red Bank, NJ used car dealership from other manufacturers that are also excellent choices. Here are a few suggestions on which used cars to be on the lookout for.
2009 – 2011 Ford Focus
If you’re in the market for an inexpensive 4-door that comes with some high safety marks and some sought-after features like USB connectivity, stability control, and even an available infotainment system, the Ford Focus may be just what you’re after. While the Focus isn’t a head-turner, it nonetheless offers competent handling and performance combined with solid fuel economy.
2009 Or Later Subaru Impreza
Consumer Reports is high on the Impreza from Subaru and so are we. While the Impreza’s styling is a bit sedate, it nevertheless has a long list of safety features, including its outstanding standard all-wheel drive which is one of the best in the industry. The Impreza’s composed handling is matched by its reliability and fuel-efficient “Boxer” engine. Best to avoid the turbocharged WRX which may be too hot to handle.
2008 – 2011 Honda Accord
We sell lots of used Honda Accords here at Nissan World of Red Bank. The reason? They are well-made, reliable, deliver good fuel economy, look great, and have an extensive list of both standard and available features. You can also find a used Honda Accord at a relatively reasonable price; although be prepared to spend a bit more for these popular midsize 4-door sedans.
2010 Or Later Toyota Corolla
We like used Corollas for much the same reason we like used Hondas. It’s simply a sensible choice for young drivers. As one of Toyota’s top sellers, the Corolla offers capable handling, good fuel economy, excellent dependability, and superior safety features. You may also find some Corollas equipped with nifty infotainment technology, too.
Buy Quality Used Cars For Less At Nissan World of Red Bank
If you’re in the market for reliable, inexpensive and high-quality used cars near Long Beach, New Jersey for yourself or the younger driver in your household, stop by your local New Jersey Nissan dealer, Nissan World of Red Bank, located at 120 Newman Springs Road, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701 today. We currently are offering some great used vehicle specials on our large selection of pre-owned vehicles.
You’ll also get a great deal on our superior Nissan Certified pre-owned vehicles. We go the extra mile to ensure that these thoroughly reconditioned used cars meet the highest quality standards.
Call us today at 877-738-5443 and let our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff help find the perfect car for you.